Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad (Cracker Barrel)

The Cracker Barrel Brussel Sprouts and Kale salad has to be one of the best ways to enjoy leafy green kale and Brussels sprouts. Sprouts N’ Kale salad is like a coleslaw sweetened with a maple dressing, craisins, and crunchy pecans. There is no better salad to get in all of these healthy green vegetables.

kale and brussels sprout salad with pecans and more

If you have never tried this wonderful side dish option at Cracker Barrel, you have missed out on a delicious fresh vegetable salad. This crunchy and sweet salad is like a coleslaw.

This salad is made with fresh cruciferous vegetables. It is made with fresh kale, chopped Brussels sprouts, sweet Craisins, and has a nutty flavor with crunchy pecans.

kale, brussels sprouts, craisins, and pecans

The dressing contains maple syrup for a delicious sweet sauce. It’s easy to make for a weeknight meal, everyone who tries this salad thinks it will be a big hit! Cracker Barrel Brussel Sprouts and Kale Salad is the perfect recipe for picky eaters.

This kale salad recipe is perfect for those who hate to cook! No heat ever comes into contact with anything. No need to stir fry, bake, saute, or anything. Simply chop everything up, and stir it all together. Who knew a kale recipe could be so easy?

How to Prepare the Kale and Brussels Sprouts

Preparing the kale takes an extra step. You will want to cut the leaves away from the stems on the leaves of the kale. The stems can be a bit tough, so these are cut away, and only the more tender leaves are used. After the tender parts of the leaves are cut away from the stem, roll them up, and cut them as thinly as possible.

When it comes to chopping the Brussel Sprouts, I like to cut them in half from top to bottom, then rest the flat side down on my cutting board, and then slice horizontally so I can get the thinnest possible slices.

shredded Brussels sprouts, and sliced kale

After all of the chopping is done, I place all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. This recipe is pretty flexible, so if your bunch of kale isn’t super large, no problem, I like to make this recipe with about 10 cups of a combination of kale and Brussel sprouts. Grab a large bowl, and add your kale, Brussel sprouts, pecans, and craisins.

How to Make Maple Dressing

This salad is held together with a delightful maple vinaigrette. This dressing is both tart and sweet at the same time. This is the perfect addition to this salad. In fact, if you enjoy this dressing you could use it on other salads. You will need:

  • vegetable oil
  • white vinegar
  • sugar
  • maple syrup
  • kosher salt
  • Dijon mustard

After you prepare your vinaigrette you will simply pour it over the vegetables and give it a quick toss. Soon you will have a salad that will make you proud.

maple vinaigrette for salad

Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad Variations

You could modify this recipe to make it more your own. If you want to reduce the sugar, use a flavored vinegar, or make other changes. You can do that when you make it at home. Here are some suggested variations:

  • Add 1/4 cup sliced green onion tops
  • Use a Sherry flavored vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • If you don’t have maple syrup on hand, you could use Mirin instead of maple syrup
  • A bit of ground black pepper
  • Want to reduce the amount of sugar? Reduce the number of craisins and reduce the sugar to 1/4 cup of sugar
  • Swap the pinenuts for pecans

I hope you give this recipe a try, it’s even better the second day. This is the ideal dish to make ahead for the holidays or bring to a pot luck!

Before you go, let me know how you enjoy fresh kale and Brussels sprouts. This salad is a great way to get in your cruciferous vegetables. Did I mention it is so delicious?

cracker barrel Brussels Sprout and kale salad

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kale and brussels sprout salad with pecans and more

Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad (Cracker Barrel Copycat)

Hands down this is an absolutely delicious salad with fresh Brussel sprouts, kale, and maple dressing.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brussel Sprouts and Kale Salad, Cracker Barrel copycat recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 357kcal


Salad ingredients

  • 5 cups chopped Brussel sprouts
  • 5 cups finely sliced kale
  • 1/2 cup Craisins
  • 3/4 cup pecans

Maple Vinaigrette

  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup do not use pancake syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil


Salad instructions

  • Wash kale, and pat dry with a towel.
  • Cut the stem and discard from each stalk of kale. The stems can be woody and tough.
  • Roll leaves like a cigar, and slice the leaves as fine as you can, then give them a couple of horizontal slices to break up the long pieces.
  • Wash sprouts, and pat dry. Slice off the stem end. Place the stem end down, and cut Brussel sprouts in half. Lay the flat cut of the sprout on the cutting board, and then slice as small as you can.
  • In a large bowl add 5 cups of sliced kale, 5 cups of Brussel sprouts, Craisins and pecans.

Vinaigrette Instructions

  • In a small bowl combine, white vinegar, vegetable oil, sugar, salt, maple syrup, and dijon mustard. Whisk until this is blended well.
  • Pour well-blended dressing over vegetables, and stir well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.


Possible variations
  • addtion of 1/2 cup sliced green onion tops
  • 1/4 teaspoon of liquid smoke to dressing
  • toast the pecans before adding them to the salad.  The flavor of toasted pecans is simply delicious 


Cutting board
Sharp knife
Large bowl
small bowl
Mandoline (optional)


Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 334mg | Potassium: 503mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 4598IU | Vitamin C: 97mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Ajay

    I have looked for this recipe since CB took it off their menu. I’ve asked every possible recipe site for it. You are my new favorite person! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  2. Suzanne

    5 stars
    Delicious! I was so disappointed when Cracker Barrel removed this salad from their choice of side dishes. This tastes just like it. Thank you!

  3. CJ

    5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! I love it as is, but I usually substitute Splenda for the sugar and add broccoli to the mix.

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