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Cruciferous Crunch Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

This cruciferous crunch salad with lemon tahini dressing is going to become your new go-to meal prep.

Not only is this salad incredibly easy to make, but it holds up well in the fridge for days and is vegan, gluten free, paleo and Whole30 approved!

Cruciferous crunch salad having lemon tahini dressing poured on it

Why this recipe works

  • The salad greens in this recipe include kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts and broccoli slaw. These greens are extremely filling and perfect for lunch or dinner!
  • Add your favorite protein to make this a complete meal! Meal prepped oven baked chicken breast or 7 minute salmon are great for this! 
  • The homemade lemon tahini dressing is addicting and so simple to make! Never buy store bought again!
  • You can make this in under 5 minutes using bagged salad mixes!
Cruciferous crunch salad in a wooden salad bowl
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Ingredients

  • Cruciferous crunch salad mix
  • Broccoli slaw
  • Tahini
  • Dijon mustard
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder

How to make cruciferous crunch salad

  1. Add the dressing ingredients to a large bowl.

    Large white bowl filled with lemon tahini dressing ingredients
  2. Combine the dressing ingredients and stir in water until the dressing has thinned out and will easily dress the salad.

    Large white bowl filled with lemon tahini dressing and a wooden spoon
  3. Add the cruciferous crunch salad mix and a bag of broccoli slaw to the bowl.

    Broccoli slaw in a large white bowl
  4. Toss the salad with tongs until all the greens are coated with dressing. Taste for salt.

    Cruciferous crunch salad in a large white bowl with tongs

FAQs

How to make cruciferous crunch salad mix at home

  • Remove the thick center stalks from one bunch of kale. Chop the kale into thin ribbons
  • Shred 1/2 of a small red cabbage with a knife or using the shredding attachment on the food processor
  • Shred 1/2 pound brussel sprouts with a knife or the shredding attachment of the food processor 

What is tahini

Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds (just like almond butter or peanut butter). It’s incredibly creamy and has a really distinct sesame seed flavor! In this recipe, the tahini is used in salad dressings to instead of olive oil. It’s a great source of healthy fats and stands up really well to acids like vinegar and lemon juice. 

If you don’t have tahini

If you don’t have tahini, you can use almond butter, sunflower seed butter, pumpkin seed butter or cashew butter in place of tahini

Make ahead of time

This salad actually gets better as it sits in the fridge! So it’s perfect for meal prep or to make ahead of time for parties! It also does well out in the sun so it’s perfect for cookouts!

This salad can withstand being in the fridge for 2-3 days with the dressing, however the dressing can be made up to a week in advance. 

cruciferous crunch salad in a wooden salad bowl, brussels around the bowl
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What to serve this with

Substiutions

Cruciferous crunch salad mix: This is a pre-made salad mix you can find at Trader Joe’s. See the notes above on how to make this mix yourself.

I often make this salad with all broccoli slaw instead of the cruciferous crunch. You can use 2 bags of broccoli slaw if you cannot find the salad mix and don’t want to make it yourself.

Broccoli slaw: you can use traditional coleslaw mix (cabbage and carrots) or use more kale or shredded brussel sprouts in place of the broccoli slaw.

Tahini: Tahini can be substituted with almond butter, cashew butter or sunflower seed butter.

Lemon juice: You can also use apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar in place of lemon juice. You will need about 2 tablespoons.

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cruciferous crunch salad with lemon tahini dressing

Cruciferous Crunch Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Perfect for lunch or dinner any time of year, this cruciferous crunch salad with lemon tahini dressing is vegan, paleo and Whole30 approved!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cruciferious Crunch Salad, kale and cabbage salad, lemon tahini dressing
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 4

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine the cruciferous crunch with the broccoli slaw.
  • In a small jar, combine the tahini, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, salt, garlic powder and 3 tbs. of water. Combine well. You can add up to 1 more tbs. of water depending on the consistency.
  • Pour the dressing over the mix. Mix well until completely coated.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 3-4 days
  • Note: if you can’t find cruciferous crunch salad mix, combine 3 cups chopped kale, 1/4 cup chopped red cabbage, 1 cup shredded brussels sprouts and 1/2 cup broccoli slaw.

Notes

How to make Cruciferous Crunch Salad Mix:
  • Remove the thick center stalks from one bunch of kale. Chop the kale into thin ribbons
  • Shred 1/2 of a small red cabbage with a knife or using the shredding attachment on the food processor
  • Shred 1/2 pound brussel sprouts with a knife or the shredding attachment of the food processor 
If you don’t have tahini, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, pumpkin seed butter or cashew butter can also be used!
This salad can withstand being in the fridge for 2-3 days with the dressing, however the dressing can be made up to a week in advance. 
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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
Calories
135
Fat
 
8
g
Carbohydrates
 
13
g
Fiber
 
4
g
Sugar
 
2
g
Protein
 
5
g
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database.
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