Never knew Kale could be this good…

shaved brussels sprouts and kale salad

I have always had a love hate relationship with kale especially when it first appeared in all the NY trendy health restaurants. I just couldn’t get myself to love it. Maybe hate is a strong word but it wasn’t exactly a must have at my meals nor something I would actually look for on a menu.

Until I saw somewhere on Instagram that I could just sauté it with some olive oil and garlic…then it became a instant favorite of mine. How simple. Then I thought maybe I just like it cooked vs raw until I came across this salad, Shaved Brussel Sprouts & Kale Salad. I love brussels sprouts so decided to give it a try. It’s so so simple….maybe what makes it so darn good is the sweet basil dressing. I’m not convinced it’s just the dressing though. I think it’s the whole combination of the kale, sprouts, dates and hazelnuts. Again, hazelnuts isn’t exactly the kind of nut I would put in my salads. It was a nice surprise.  This is just a quick easy side and easily a meal once you add some protein. I’ve had it with chicken and salmon. I love the fact that I can just throw it together in minutes if you shave the brussels sprouts ahead of time. For me, this is going to be a great summer salad.

Salad Ingredients

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 2 pitted dates, chopped (I like to add more)
  • ¼ cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 4-6 tablespoons SWEET BASIL DRESSING


  • Slice the bottoms of the brussels sprouts off and then put them in a food processor.
  • If you don’t have a food processor, you can slice them thinly with a knife or buy pre packaged shaved brussels sprouts.
  • Remove stems from kale then slice the kale into thin strips. I buy the pre packaged kale from Woolworth’s.
  • Add kale into a large bowl and pour 2 tablespoons of the Sweet Basil Dressing on top and massage it into the kale with your hands.
  • Then add in the shaved brussels sprouts and add in 3-4 more tablespoons of dressing and stir to coat.
  • Top with chopped dates and hazelnuts!

Sweet Basil Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, loose
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 pitted medjool dates, soaked in hot water to soften
  • ½ tsp coarse salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until dates are broken down and it is smooth and creamy!  Drizzle over a salad or chicken!


I decided to list the recipes on my blog as it seems to be easier for people to follow but you can always click on the links to the original recipes above too.

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