Broccoli Slaw and Kale Salad

Trader Joes has a Broccoli Slaw and Kale Salad that I absolutely love.  I decided that it would be much cheaper for me to figure out how to make this salad on my own – dressing and all.  I made it all from ingredients bought at Trader Joes except for the Mayo.  I only ever use Hellmann’s Mayonnaise and haven’t dared try another brand yet.  Maybe I’ll get adventurous later.  🙂  I also made mine a vegetarian version by using Trader Joe’s Chicken-less Chicken.

Mom and Dad are here for a visit and they both like to eat healthier so I knew this salad would be a great salad to make while they were here.  I took them shopping at Trader Joe’s and they loved the place, just like I knew they would!  Everything there that we bought cost way more less than their counterparts did at Shop-Rite.  For example, Candied Ginger at Shop-Rite was $2.99 for a 7 ounce bag.  At Trader Joes it was $1.49 for an 8 ounce bag!  The bag of broccoli slaw at Shop-rite was close to $3 where at Trader Joes it was only $1.99.  Needless to say, I will shop for everything I can get at Trader Joes before I will shop anywhere else!  Not only is it great prices, but great quality and a lot of organic choices top it off.

As a side note, my mom loved the dressing.  The spicy, slightly smoky, slightly sweet dressing totally compliments this salad!  Let me know what you think!

Broccoli Slaw and Kale Salad with Sweet and Spicy Dressing – A Trader Joe’s Knockoff
Author: Grumpy’s Honeybunch
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Serves: 4
  • 1-1/2 cups Broccoli Slaw
  • 4 cups Chopped Kale
  • 1/2 cup chopped Cilantro
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 4 tablespoons toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1-8 ounce package Trader Joe’s Chicken-less Chicken
  • Dressing:
  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar or Splenda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  1. Toss kale, broccoli, cilantro, cranberries and sunflower seeds together in large bowl. Set aside.To make dressing, whisk mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, cayenne pepper and smoked paprika together. Should be a thinner consistency. Taste and make adjustments if needed.Chop chicken and place in small microwaveable bowl. Toss with about 1 tablespoon of dressing and cook in microwave about 40 seconds. This is just to coat the chicken and take the chill off it.Top salad mixture with dressing (about 2 -3 tablespoons) and toss. Place on serving plates and divide chicken between servings.

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. From Valeries Kitchen July 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Ooohhh, I'm very interested in this. I haven't tried Trader Joe's version but Costco has a kale salad kit that I'm totally hooked on. Your dressing looks so good. Can't wait to try it!

  2. Aggie August 11, 2013 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    This looks and sounds so good Shelby! We are finally get a TJs in our area, I can hardly wait. This is my kind if salad, need to try!

  3. Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures August 13, 2013 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Yum! this has got just about everything I love in it! I must try!!

  4. Kylie August 27, 2013 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Nice one!! Defo gonna try your dressing recipe. We don't have TJ's in London but always shop there when in LA. I had the Broccoli Slaw and thought it was delicious so am going to try it myself and adopt it into my meal planning.


  5. Anonymous September 18, 2013 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    This is my favorite salad. Thank you for figuring it out! By the way, I would never use anything but Hellman's. I tried the organic mayos and they just don't taste right.

  6. Anonymous September 24, 2013 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    I love this salad from trader joes but they don't sell the dressing in a bottle. thanks for the recipe 🙂

  7. Anonymous September 27, 2013 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    This is also my favorite salad from TJs right now. As Im eating it, I googled it to find like-minded folks. Cool Idea to make it on your own. It probably still is cheaper even if you buy the prepackaged chicken and broccoli slaw, huh? YUM! Thanks for this post.

  8. Beth October 12, 2013 at 12:26 am - Reply

    Had the Broccoli slaw and kale salad at Tj's today for the first time and loved it. Thankfully you posted a copy and I am going to try it…..Thanks!

  9. Tilaura Edwards November 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    This is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks so much for doing this recipe!

  10. Tilaura Edwards November 22, 2013 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    This is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks so much for doing this recipe!

  11. Anonymous December 11, 2013 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you! I too love this salad at TJs and went there today looking for the dressing (like previous poster said they don't sell it). I was so excited to see after Googling it that someone took the time to replicate it and was willing to share it with the rest of us. Thank you!

  12. mocaramel February 5, 2014 at 2:07 am - Reply

    I learned this salad at TJ today. I love this!!! I found this page because I was searching the recipe. Thank you for sharing!!! Now I can make my own.

  13. Tay P March 19, 2014 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    You nailed it with your recipe! It tastes just like TJ's. Thanks for sharing…I made it last night. I enjoyed my dinner!

  14. Anonymous April 10, 2015 at 4:50 am - Reply

    Thanks Tay P for posting AFTER having tried the actual recipe. While I appreciate the enthusiasm of other posters (we're all looking for the same recipe), it's great for others to get feedback AFTER a recipe has been tried. Did it work or not? Any substitutions? Anything they would do differently? Based on Tay P's post, I'll give this a try! This isn't a knock on the recipe poster – just the comments about 'how good' the recipe looks.

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