The Chick-fil-A Kale Crunch Salad is a delicious combination of kale, green cabbage, crunchy almonds and a tasty Dijon mustard vinaigrette.
This kale crunch side salad actually replaced the Superfood Salad side. Chick-fil-A’s Superfood Salad included broccolini, sour cherries, a blend of kale and a maple vinaigrette.
Instead of using maple syrup in the dressing I used apple cider vinegar. It tastes more like the Kale Crunch Salad vs. the Superfood Salad.
I decided to add chicken breast to the salad to make it more of a meal, not a side dish.
If you were to order this side salad from Chick-fil-A you could also get grilled nuggets to make it a filling, low point meal. Of course going there means I’m tempted to get a combo meal and end up with waffle fries too.
That’s why I like to come up with a copycat recipe. If I make it at home I’m not tempted to get waffle fries. As far as fast food restaurants go I think Chick-fil-A has quite a few healthy options. I just don’t want to mess up any weight loss efforts being tempted by fried foods.
This recipe is also great for a healthy lunch meal prep! I divided it into only 2 (large) servings which is 6 points for Weight Watchers blue plan and purple plan, 10 points for green plan.
You could also divide it into four servings to make it lower in points.
Here’s what you need to make the Chick-fil-A Kale Crunch Salad (Copycat Recipe):
- Green cabbage
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Apple juice
- Dijon mustard
- Apple cider vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- Chicken breasts
There were a few things I did to keep this low in Weight Watchers points. The first was I limited the amount of extra virgin olive oil I used, only 2 tablespoons.
I also reduced the amount of almonds I used. I only used 2 tablespoons of whole almonds, but I used a meat mallet to break them into smaller pieces. I love almonds and I know they’re good for you, but I also know if you eat a lot of them it’s kind of high in points.
To start this copycat version I cooked the chicken breasts. You can bake them in the oven, grill them or cook them in a nonstick pan, whichever you prefer. Just make sure the chicken is cooked through and not pink. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees. I seasoned the chicken breasts with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Next I got the salad dressing ready. It’s as easy as adding the olive oil, apple juice, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper to a bowl and whisking it together.
Set the dressing aside and start making the salad.
Add the Kale, green cabbage and almonds to a large bowl. Pour the dressing over it and give it a good stir.
I used curly kale which is easy to find at the grocery store.
Divide the salad mixture into two bowls and top each bowl with a chicken breast.
There are a couple of benefits to making this copycat recipe. One is you can have it on Sundays! Since Chick-fil-A is closed on Sunday you wouldn’t be able to get it if you had a craving.
Also there is no added sugar in this recipe which is perfect for a healthy diet.
This salad is packed full of fiber, protein and healthy fat!
Yield: 2 servings (6 points per serving for blue and purple, 10 points for green)
- 2 chicken breasts
- Salt, pepper and garlic powder, to taste
- 4 cups curly kale
- 2 cups green cabbage, shredded
- 2 tablespoons roasted almonds
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons apple juice
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cook the chicken breasts by either grilling them, baking them in the oven or cooking them in a nonstick pan.
Add all of the dressing ingredients to a bowl and whisk together.
Cut the kale into bite size pieces and add to a large bowl.
Place the almonds in a zip up bag and use a meat mallet or rolling pin to break them into smaller pieces. Add the almonds and cabbage to the kale.
Pour the dressing over the kale and stir to combine. Divide the salad into two bowls and top each bowl with a cooked chicken breast.
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