Romaine, Kale, and Broccoli Salad

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This fully loaded green salad is absolutely delicious and filled with fun textures, and packs a big nutritional wallop.

Romaine, Kale and Broccoli Salad in a large white bowl.

I love mixing some chopped hardier vegetables into a lettuce salad. The contrast between densities and textures adds immediate interest to the salad. It definitely the most common way I use up a small amount of leftover cooked vegetables. Here you are intentionally making a small amount of broccoli to work into this attractive and very healthy salad. The cheese is optional; the salad is vegan without it (if you also sub in agave for the honey, or just leave it out).

This recipe comes together super fast. You can whip it up while you boil pasta for Penne Alla Vodka or bake some salmon filets.

White bowl of Romaine, Kale and Broccoli Salad.

Kale, Romaine, and Broccoli Salad: This fully loaded green salad is absolutely delicious and filled with fun textures, and packs a big nutritional wallop.

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Ingredients for Kale, Romaine, and Broccoli Salad

  • Broccoli – Cut the florets into little pieces and don’t throw out the stems. Peel them and then slice, and you’ll get much more bang for your buck.
  • Olive oil – Forms the base of the dressing.
  • Balsamic vinegar – The sweet acidity of the vinegar is a great foil for the broccoli.
  • Dijon mustard – The mustard stabilizes the dressing so the vinegar and oil don’t separate.
  • Honey – The sweetness balances out the other strong flavors.
  • GarlicFinely minced garlic cloves blend nicely into the dressing.
  • Romaine lettuce – The fresh crunch of romaine contrasts with the heartiness of the kale.
  • Kale – I like to use lacinato kale — it’s one of my favorite kale varieties for salads with its slightly smoother texture than regular kale. You can also use baby kale in its place and give it a rough chop instead of slicing it.
  • Goat cheese – The goat cheese adds a nice tang, but you can leave it out if you have anyone who can’t have dairy for any reason.
  • Pumpkin seeds – I skipped the optional pumpkin seeds for these photos, but they would add a nice crunch. If you love nuts (not me; allergic), a handful of slivered almonds or chopped hazelnuts would be good instead of the pumpkin seeds.
Romaine, Kale and Broccoli Salad on a plate with chicken.

Kitchen Smarts

Pat the broccoli dry with a clean dish towel or paper towel before adding it to the salad. Otherwise, the dressing won’t stick to the vegetables.

How to Make Romaine, Kale, and Broccoli Salad

  1. Prepare the broccoli: Cook the broccoli in boiling water, then shock in an ice bath.
  2. Make the dressing: Mix together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. Assemble: Slice up the romaine and kale, then add them to the dressed broccoli and toss.
  4. Serve: Top with goat cheese and pumpkin seeds, then serve!
Romaine, Kale and Broccoli Salad in a large white bowl.

How to Use Broccoli Stems

Many people toss the broccoli stems and use the tops or florets. This is a shame, not to mention a waste. I actually love the texture of the stems at least as much as the florets, and if you peel off the tough outer skin, you will find the inside to be tender and quite sweet, relatively speaking. Just cut the stems into bite-sized pieces after peel them, and make sure to discard the very end of the stem, which is usually hard and tough.

Tips & Variations

  • Try 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh tarragon in addition to or instead of the minced garlic.
  • Make the dressing while you’re waiting for the water for the broccoli to boil. Slice up the lettuces while the broccoli is cooking and sitting in the ice bath.
  • Think about adding cubes of pear or golden beets for another level of texture and flavor.

What to Serve With Romaine, Kale, and Broccoli Salad

Romaine, Kale and Broccoli topped with goat cheese.

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Romaine, Kale, and Broccoli Salad

This fully loaded green salad is absolutely delicious and filled with fun textures, and packs a big nutritional wallop.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
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Ingredients 

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small head (about 10 ounces) broccoli (stems peeled and stems and florets cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large heart of romaine lettuce
  • 1 bunch (about 8 ounces) kale (preferably lacinato)
  • ½ cup crumbled goat cheese
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds (optional)

Instructions 

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the salt and return to a boil. Fill a large bowl with ice water.
  • Add the broccoli to the pot and cook for 2 minutes, until bright green, but still crisp-tender. Drain in a colander.
  • Plunge the drained broccoli into the bowl of ice water and let sit until completely cooled. Drain well. Place the florets into a clean dry dish towels or several paper towels, and roll it up to absorb excess moisture.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic, salt and pepper. Add the drained broccoli and toss.
  • Slice the hearts of romaine crosswise into 1/2-inch ribbons. Cut the ribs from the kale leaves and slice them into 1/2-inch strips. Add the lettuce and kale, along with the drained broccoli, to the bowl and toss so that the vegetables are coated with the dressing.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl. Top with the goat cheese and pumpkin seeds, if using, and serve.

Notes

  • Try 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh tarragon in addition to or instead of the minced garlic.
  • Make the dressing while you’re waiting for the water for the broccoli to boil. Slice up the lettuces while the broccoli is cooking and sitting in the ice bath.

Nutrition

Calories: 296kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 939mg, Potassium: 589mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 2584IU, Vitamin C: 139mg, Calcium: 121mg, Iron: 2mg
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About Katie Workman

Katie Workman is a cook, a writer, a mother of two, an activist in hunger issues, and an enthusiastic advocate for family meals, which is the inspiration behind her two beloved cookbooks, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook.

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2 Comments

  1. Cj says:

    Delicious!! Used feta cheese,cranberries and glazed walnuts. Hot honey vs standard Added to my favorite salad rotation

  2. Snorkmaiden says:

    Wanted something new to try with my abundance of red Russian kale ( next year I will make this when I have broccoli, too). It is a great intro to make for those who are skeptical of kale. I topped it with pine nuts and a fruit studded goat cheese because I had those on hand. I think apple chunks would be good, too