kale salad in a blue and white bowl with gold spoons

I loveee a good brussels sprout and kale salad! This one is loaded with goodness, and tossed in the best creamy maple tahini dressing. So good!

I am apparently not your stereotypical dietitian…because this is the first salad recipe I have ever added to my blog LOL. I just love my warm and cozy foods (with healthy twists). But, this is the kind of salad I can thoroughly enjoy over and over. I love the crunch from the brussels sprouts and the almonds, plus the savory flavor of the parmesan in combination with the dressing. It doesn’t hurt that this salad is loaded with a variety of nutrients!

kale salad in a blue and white bowl with gold spoons

What’s in the dressing?

  • Tahini
  • Olive Oil
  • Maple Syrup
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Garlic

That’s it. SO easy, and ingredients I typically always have on hand (cue my favorite tahini mac and cheese, linked here).

This is a really big salad, making it perfect for a crowd. You can definitely cut it in half for a dinner salad– if you have some leftovers it holds up well in the fridge for a day or 2!

kale salad in a blue and white bowl with gold spoons
kale salad in a blue and white bowl with gold spoons

Pro tips:

  • Make sure your kale and brussels sprouts are super dry before tossing the salad. I like to rinse mine to wash them an hour or 2 before making the salad to allow them to air dry, then I make sure to pat them dry with a paper towel.
  • Use a bag of pre-shredded brussels sprouts, but use a large knife to further shred the brussels sprouts a little more. If you end up buying whole brussels sprouts, a food processor with the shred attachment works great for this!
  • Allow the dressing to sit for a little bit before tossing to help the flavors meld.
  • It really helps to have a super big bowl to toss a salad this size! I love the one I have, linked below. It’s really big but perfect for this type of thing!

Serve this on it’s own as a side dish, or with some grilled chicken for a perfect meal. This is a total crowd-pleasing salad. You may even convert some anti-brussels sprout people! They add the perfect texture to the salad and increase the fiber/nutrients a ton, a great bonus.

This is a seriously delicious salad- you’re going to want to add this to your menus! Enjoy! xx

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Best Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad

  • Author: Mia Zarlengo
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 810 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish


The best brussels sprout and kale salad with creamy maple tahini dressing! A big salad perfect for feeding a crowd!



For the salad:

  • 1 + 1/2 bunches of curly kale, finely chopped
  • 12 oz bag shredded brussels sprouts, shredded further with a knife 
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan (optional for vegan)
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped roasted almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

For the dressing:

  • 1/3 cup + 3 tbsp tahini 
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, more to taste
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes


  1. Wash your kale and brussels sprouts ahead of time before chopping/shredding to make sure they are totally dry.
  2. Make the dressing. Whisk all dressing ingredients together until smooth. Allow to sit for flavors to meld. 
  3. Use a large knife to shred the bigger pieces of brussels sprouts further. If you bought whole brussels sprouts, use the shred attachment of a food processor. 
  4. Toss the kale and brussels sprouts together. Pat dry with paper towels if still wet. Toss in cheese, cranberries, and almonds until well tossed.
  5. Toss salad in dressing when ready to serve. Store leftovers in refrigerator for up to 2 days. 

Appetizers + Sides, Gluten Free, Lunch + Dinner, Recipes, Vegetarian


Nov 21, 2019

Best Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad

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  1. Liz says:

    This recipe is amazing! I’m typically not much of a salad person, but this is seriously delicious and will definitely
    be making this many times over!!!

  2. Maddie taber says:

    Obsessed with this recipe – such a great mix of flavors that feels so healthy and fresh! Thank you, Mia!!!

  3. Lizzie Burke says:

    This might be the best kale salad ever!! Your recipes are truly excellent – thank you!

  4. Kinsley says:

    This dressing is amazing!!!

  5. Alli Otto says:

    This is one of my all time favs! So easy and delish!

  6. Cheryl says:

    The salad you love and deserve! Using this for my extra turkey from Thanskgiving!

  7. Kaila says:

    Love this recipe! I’ve made it many times but have even made some small changes depending on my mood, like adding fresh blueberries instead of cranberries or adding shredded chicken to it ! The salad dressing is soooo delicious as well!! As someone who doesn’t eat gluten/dairy, it’s nice to have a salad dressing that doesn’t include those ingredients!

    What I’d love to see is a post about the different dressings/sauces you have here on your blog! I often find myself thinking about wanting to make one but can’t always remember which blog post they’re in!
    Thanks 🙂

  8. Alex says:

    This salad is absolutely delicious! The dressing is simple to make, yet so good. Will definitely be making this again.

  9. Keely says:

    I don’t usually leave reviews but I have made this salad over and over & used this dressing for other recipes too so I had to let y’all know! It’s one of my favorites from Mia! I highly recommend it.

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