Recipes/ Salads

Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

There’s a restaurant that we love in Sausalito called Bar Bocce. They have the best wood fired pizzas around {one with fennel sausage, caramelized onions and gorgonzola cheese— swoon} and make a killer kale salad that’s unlike any kale salad I’ve ever tried before. It’s cheesy, crunchy and contains bits of finely shredded raw brussels sprouts. We ate there last weekend when Christie was in town, and

Now I must ask the question: is there anything more healthy in life than a raw brussels sprout?

If just the thought repulses you and makes you want to close your browser this instant, wait a second. Let me explain. I promise you chocolate cake on Monday morning.

The truth of the matter is that raw brussels sprouts are actually quite good. I might have thought they would be bitter….but they’re not at all. They actually don’t taste like anything, which is sort of a good thing, because they take on the flavor of whatever you are mixing them into — in this case, kale and cheese.

Don’t skimp on the cheese in this salad!!! Actually, don’t skimp on the cheese in anything in your life.

The wonderful thing about kale salad is that it tastes even better the next day! And the day after that. Since kale is such a “tough” green, your salad will last {dressing on!} in the fridge for up to five days. I like to make a big kale salad on Sunday nights and eat off it all week long — perfect for quick and easy lunches.

You could also add grilled chicken or tofu to this to bulk it up a bit. I served mine with a beer brat on the side. No, I’m not kidding.

It was amazing.

Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

serves 2-4

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4 cups roughly chopped lacinato kale

8 large (raw) brussels sprouts, sliced very, very thin

1/3 cup roughly chopped almonds

3 heaping tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

2 squeezes honey




Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the chopped almonds on a piece of tin foil and place in the oven to toast. Check after four minutes — they burn quickly and you want them just golden brown. When toasted, remove almonds from the oven and let cool.

Toss together the chopped kale and shaved brussels sprouts together in a large bowl. Add the chopped almonds and the cheese and toss again.

To make the dress, combine the olive oil, vinegar, honey and a pinch of salt and pepper in a small bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and mix well. Eat immediately or keep salad up to five days in the fridge.


15 minutes


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  • Bailey @ Full-Flavored Life
    December 7, 2012 at 3:33 am

    I love raw brussels sprout. I am going to make this today!

  • Gabby (Quest for Delicious)
    December 7, 2012 at 3:51 am

    I’ve been on a major kale salad kick lately. This recipe sounds awesome!

  • Kathryn
    December 7, 2012 at 4:03 am

    This salad sounds so delicious & full of flavour!

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    December 7, 2012 at 4:43 am

    I love the idea of prepped salad for the week. This just make me brave enough to try my first kale salad.

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
    December 7, 2012 at 4:49 am

    It’s a hearty, yet still light, salad! I love the idea of combining kale and Brussels sprouts!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    December 7, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Almonds make any salad!

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    December 7, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Brussel sprouts are growing on me, and I think this salad would help even more!

  • Andrea
    December 7, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Yum! Sounds amazing. I love how well kale holds up as a salad! Never tried brussels in a salad yet!

  • Rachel O.
    December 7, 2012 at 5:50 am

    bless your heart – i was just trying to find a recipe for brussels sprouts and rainbow chard – i’m thinking i could use the chard instead of kale?

    sounds delicious!

    • K
      December 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Chard makes a delicious salad base when you chiffonade it! So pretty too!

  • Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    December 7, 2012 at 6:01 am

    I love kale and brussels sprouts!! This salad has my name written all over it!

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    December 7, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Love the crunch almonds lend a salad!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    December 7, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Jenna, this sounds wonderful! I’m currently traveling for work and am craving greens HARD!! Brussels sprouts are by far one of my fave veggies and I’m literally salivating (yes, at 9am) looking at these photos!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks
    December 7, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Yes, yes, yes.



    Ye – just kidding!

  • Malkire
    December 7, 2012 at 6:39 am

    This is excellent. Having just embraced vegetarianism this will be a new addition to our diet!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    December 7, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Two of my fave (house-stinking-up) veggies in one dish and I love them both, so much! Great combo, Jenna 🙂

  • Erica {Coffee & Quinoa}
    December 7, 2012 at 8:49 am

    This looks great! I love raw Brussels sprouts, actually. And good call posting it right before chocolate cake. 🙂

  • Alycia
    December 7, 2012 at 9:02 am

    This looks amazing!!!
    I had the BEST time at Bar Bocce this summer when visiting SF….you are right, the pizzas are to die for!~ And the view isn’t half bad either… 🙂

  • Addy@ Six-Kick Switch
    December 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Oh goodness, I love kale salad. I could (theoretically) eat it every day. Love love love. Thanks for another tasty riff!

  • Lauren
    December 7, 2012 at 9:45 am

    This salad looks amazing! Thanks!

  • Sarah B
    December 7, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I love me some kale! This is going on my must-make-asap list! I have a new appreciation for brussel sprouts, too, but haven’t tried them raw yet. I am trying to get back into my veggie-heavy eating regime and this will be a big help, especially since it can last all week!

  • Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles
    December 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I live Bar Bocce!! It’s one of our favorite spots too! I haven’t tried this salad there though…but thanks for giving me an excuse to go 😉

  • Jodea @ chillichocolatelove
    December 7, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I’m loving kale salads right now and this looks like a total winner!

  • Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run
    December 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    This is my kind of salad – yay for fiber & iron 😉

  • Amy @ Extracurricular Activities
    December 7, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    With raw b. sprouts, it’s all in the CHEEEEESE for sure. My absolute favorite restaurant in houston (Dolce Vita) has a raw shaved brussels sprout w/pecorino cheese side dish that is to die for. But this is even better because the addition of kale negates the cheese. Standard vegetable cheese math. Looks delish!

  • kara
    December 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Looks delish! I always snack on raw brussels sprouts when I’m cutting them up to be roasted, but have never actually, purposefully made a raw dish with them. I seem to have mixed results with kale salad, but I like the idea of making a big batch to last a few days (and maybe mellow out a little bit?).

  • Pam Lambert
    December 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I went to Sonoma State and lived in Cotati. I worked in Novato. I LOVE it when you talk about my old stomping grounds.

  • Kate
    December 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Whole Foods has an amazing Kale and Brussel Sprout salad just like this one. I crave it daily!!!

  • Katie
    December 7, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I’ve had this salad at Bar Bocce and it is so so good!! Can’t wait to try and recreate it with your recipe!

  • Katie
    December 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I just had this salad for Thanksgiving, but mind had Pecorino. Absolutely incredible.

  • Beth
    December 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I have never tried kale so I was curious and skeptical. I made the salad for lunch today and I like it A LOT but I did make a couple of adjustments. I doubled the dressing. The original amount just didn’t seem to go far enough. I may have had too much kale in my salad bowl. I felt like it needed just a little something else so I added craisins. That did the trick. I am so excited to have salad ready for lunches this week. Thanks for introducing me to a new green.

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    December 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Making this right now and it is delicious! Love the dressing. Reminds me of a salad I had growing up, so I’m adding a few things that were in that salad, like a grain (I’m using farro in the bag from archer farms) and grated carrot. Also making they brats so my husband doesn’t kill me, haha

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  • Charlotte
    December 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Kale and Brussels Sprouts are such a good combo! I just posted a recipe of how to make Kale Chips – – Kale is so healthy it’s always great to have multiple ways to dress it up so you never get tired of it!

    Love this salad! Thanks 🙂

  • Rachel
    December 15, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Can you use regular kale in this? I didn’t realize lacinato kale was also “dinosaur” kale, which was how it was sold at Whole Foods, but I just bought regular kale because I didn’t know the difference…

  • Rachel
    December 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Okay, I answered my last question – regular kale works fine in this. This is amazing! It really is a revelation – I wasn’t expecting this to be as delicious as it is.

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    December 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I have looked at this recipe probably 20 times now. I can’t wait to make it, especially after all the Christmas goodies that have infiltrated my life.

    I took a few minutes (or 2 hours…) this afternoon and went back to the beginning of your blog and read some posts. It’s amazing how your writing and your life have both evolved.

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    January 16, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I made this salad last night. It is so delicious and right up my alley. The almonds and parmesan give it such depth of flavor and heartiness. I even saw my boyfriend eating leftovers today – this was a big surprise to me and a testament to how good it is. Thanks for the recipe!

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    March 5, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Sprouts contain healthy nutrients and are good for health. Thease should be included atleast in one daily meal.

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    May 1, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Just made this and it’s so good! Thank you

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    Fresh salad! Thanks for recipe!
    Try this – Tomato Cucumber Salad
    Simple and delicious!)