Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

This Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette is full of fresh vegetables, sweet fruit, and toasted nuts.

It’s the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors. This is my kind of healthy eating!

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette ... this delicious vegan salad recipe is the perfect side dish for any meal! Packed full of fresh fruits and veggies, plus bursting with flavor, this easy kale salad is sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it! | Hello Little Home

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I don’t know about you, but I did a lot of indulging during the holidays. Between cookies, eggnog, rich meals, and more, I am ready to eat a little lighter. Salads it is, for a while at least!

A couple months ago, I attended an event that was sponsored by Ninja. They were testing out their Mega Kitchen System, which is basically a blender and food processor in one. It was pretty cool.

Of course, all the delicious recipes that I got to taste test were the best part of the event! My favorite was a shredded kale and Brussels sprout salad.

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette ... this delicious vegan salad recipe is the perfect side dish for any meal! Packed full of fresh fruits and veggies, plus bursting with flavor, this easy kale salad is sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it! | Hello Little Home

Since I love a good kale salad, that unique combination really appealed to me, and I couldn’t wait to get home and put my own spin on the recipe.

I can never resist fiddling with recipes! So I changed some of the ingredients in that kale and brussel sprout salad and created a new maple vinaigrette recipe.

This amazing Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette is the result, and it’s the perfect thing to get me (and you!) back on a healthy track after the holidays.

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette ... this delicious vegan salad recipe is the perfect side dish for any meal! Packed full of fresh fruits and veggies, plus bursting with flavor, this easy kale salad is sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it! | Hello Little Home

How to Make Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Have you ever made a kale salad before?

If not prepared correctly, they can sometimes feel like you’re chewing on grass. Not exactly enjoyable!

The trick to a delicious kale salad is softening the greens up a bit. It sounds silly, but after adding the dressing, stick your hands in this Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad and start massaging it!

Seriously … massaging the salad will help the vinaigrette penetrate and soften the greens, which is the key to a tender, enjoyable kale salad.

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette ... this delicious vegan salad recipe is the perfect side dish for any meal! Packed full of fresh fruits and veggies, plus bursting with flavor, this easy kale salad is sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it! | Hello Little Home

Speaking of dressings, this Maple Vinaigrette Salad Dressing recipe is so good! It’s a little sweet, a little spicy, and perfectly pulls all the flavors of this brussel sprout and kale salad together.

The dressing is also super easy to make. I love it paired with the fresh grapes and apples, and the crunchy pecans. Yum!

Even my Brussels sprout-hating husband loves this Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette, which is kind of a minor miracle. So don’t rule it out if you’re not a fan of those mini cabbages.

It won’t remind you of the overcooked Brussels sprouts you grew up with at all. I promise.

Enjoy this Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette tonight … it’s a great side to any meal.

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette ... this delicious vegan salad recipe is the perfect side dish for any meal! Packed full of fresh fruits and veggies, plus bursting with flavor, this easy kale salad is sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it! | Hello Little Home
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Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
Prep Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This delicious Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette is full of nutrient-rich vegetables, sweet fruit, and toasted nuts.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 main dish servings, 6-8 side dish servings
Calories: 368 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (+ 1 tbsp.)
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts
  • 1 bunch Lacinato kale
  • 1 cup red grapes
  • 1 large apple
Instructions
  1. Place pecans in a frying pan and heat over medium.
  2. Cook pecans, stirring frequently, until they begin to color. Watch them closely so they don't burn.
  3. Remove from heat and chop. Set aside.
  4. Combine olive oil, vinegar, maple syrup, salt, pepper, and cayenne in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  5. Trim ends from Brussels sprouts and remove any brown leaves.
  6. Thinly slice sprouts and place in a large bowl, gently separating the leaves as you do so.
  7. Remove kale leaves from stems and thinly slice. Add to Brussels sprouts.
  8. Pour vinaigrette over Brussels sprouts and kale.
  9. Using your hands, massage vinaigrette into kale mixture. Let sit for about 10 minutes to soften greens.
  10. Halve grapes.
  11. Core and chop apple.
  12. Add grapes, apple, and pecans to kale. Mix well.
  13. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Notes

Here's a tip for quickly and easily removing kale stems from the leaves. Starting at the stem end, separate a little of the leaf on either side of the stem. Grab the stem with your hand and quickly pull your hand down the stem, removing the leaf as you go.

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette ... this delicious vegan salad recipe is the perfect side dish for any meal! Packed full of fresh fruits and veggies, plus bursting with flavor, this easy kale salad is sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it! | Hello Little Home

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette ... this delicious vegan salad recipe is the perfect side dish for any meal! Packed full of fresh fruits and veggies, plus bursting with flavor, this easy kale salad is sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it! | Hello Little Home

This Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette makes a tasty side, or add a little bread or protein and serve it as a main course. Either way, you will come back for seconds!

Like this Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad and want more?

If you’re looking for kale salads, I have a bunch! You can check out all my kale salad recipes here.

I think you’ll also like my Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad, too.

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Maple Vinaigrette ... this delicious vegan salad recipe is the perfect side dish for any meal! Packed full of fresh fruits and veggies, plus bursting with flavor, this easy kale salad is sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it! | Hello Little Home

What is your favorite healthy meal to eat after the holidays?

P.S. If you like this recipe, make sure to check out my Mexican Kale Salad with Chili-Lime Vinaigrette. It’s super delicious and one of my most popular recipes!


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This looks amazing, and super simple!

Eleventh & Sixteenth

This looks AMAZING, Ginnie! Brussels are my absolute favorite but I’ve never tried them in salad. Pinning to try soon! 🙂 Awesome photos too!

This look amazing, I am so pinning it.

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PinkSole

This looks absolutely delicious! I don’t really have an after holiday favorite healthy eat – I just resume eating as normal but aim to beef up the vegetable content to balance out any deficiencies that may have occurred during the holidays. 🙂

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Looks delish!!

Yum! I love grapes in salads and happy to see them in this recipe!

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