December 16, 2022

Sweet and Savory Citrus Crunch Salad

This Sweet and Savory Citrus Crunch Salad is everything you want in a salad – simple ingredients, minimal prep time, a colorful presentation, and flavors that POP. It’s easy enough for a weeknight side and lovely enough for a holiday spread. Tossed in a tangy Whole30-compatible vinaigrette, it’s naturally gluten-free AND dairy-free, with nut-free options.

PRO TIP: Don’t skip massaging the kale with oil. Kale is nutrient-dense but also tougher in texture than some greens. Massaging it with just a small amount of oil makes all the difference in creating an enjoyable kale salad.

Citrus Crunch Salad Substitutions:

  • Shred 2 cups broccoli stems and carrots instead of the broccoli slaw.
  • To make this nut-free, use 1/4 cup salted pumpkin seeds instead of cashews.
  • Can’t find no-sugar-added Whole30 compatible dried cranberries? You can substitute an equal amount of raisins or pomegranate seeds instead.

We love this salad tossed with Thrive Market Elderberry Vinaigrette Dressing (formally Made By Whole30), but you can swap it for any compatible favorite or a drizzle of good balsamic and olive oil.

Whole30 Citrus Crunch Salad
Recipe Author: Autumn Michelis
Made By Whole30Made By Whole30

Sweet and Savory Citrus Crunch Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 8 cups packed chopped kale, stems removed (about 1 medium bunch)
  • 1 tsp olive or avocado oil
  • 2 cups broccoli slaw
  • 1 large avocado diced
  • 1/3 cup no-sugar-added dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped cashews
  • 3 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp orange zest (about 1 large orange)
  • 1/3 cup Thrive Market Elderberry Vinaigrette Dressing or fruit-forward, compatible dressing
  • pinch of salt to taste
  • 1 sliced orange optional


  • DRIZZLE chopped kale in a large bowl with oil.
  • MASSAGE kale with hands for 1-2 minutes until kale softens and brightens in color.
  • ADD remaining dry ingredients, toss with Elderberry Dressing, and serve!

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Autumn Michaelis wearing an apron and holding a bowl of fresh salad smiling at the camera.

Autumn Michaelis

Autumn Michaelis is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, with a B.S. in Exercise Science from BYU. Though exercise was her first love in the health world, nutrition has become her passion. She created the blog Wholefoodfor7, sharing easy and budget-friendly Whole30, Paleo, and gluten-free + dairy-free recipes for families. In August 2022, Autumn released the newest Whole30 Endorsed cookbook, Whole Food for Your Family. She is mom to 5 boys (yes 5!) and when not in the kitchen can be found adventuring, hiking, and tearing up the dance floor.