Recipe Box, Spinach & Kale Salad with Broccoli Croutons

spinach & kale salad

After a weekend of feasting, we were ready for a vegetable filled salad, and this really hit the spot



loaded vegetable salad


I took a few short cuts which made this easy peasy to throw together




It starts off with fresh spinach and a bag of  Kale salad with Brussels sprouts


kale salad


I’m not a big fan of bag salads, but this one is an exception.  The dressing it comes with is light and delicious but for this dinner salad I wanted something a little more exciting


dijon vinaigrette


After cooking some bacon slices, I added this prepared Honey Mustard Vinaigrette to the skillet to warm with a scant amount of the bacon grease




If you have Cindy’s Kitchen salad dressings available in your area, I highly recommend them.  My favorites are the Real Bleu Cheese, Buttermilk Ranch, Honey Mustard Dijon, and Wild Maine Blueberry Vinaigrette.  Look for them in the refrigerated salad dressing section of Whole Foods and Fresh Market, or search for stores by zip code here




I heated the dressing and added some leftover cooked asparagus spears to warm




While preparing the salad and dressing I put broccoli in the oven to roast for Broccoli Candy,  another layer of flavor and texture for this spring vegetable salad


spring salad


Place the bacon on salad and top with the warm vinaigrette with asparagus


spring salad with broccoli croutons


Add broccoli croutons and toss gently


loaded vegetable salad


Serve immediately


spinach & kale salad


Omit bacon or substitute leftover ham or chicken if desired

Spinach & Kale Salad with Broccoli Croutons

  • Servings: varied
  • Difficulty: easy
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fresh spinach leaves, torn into bite size pieces

Kale salad in a bag {Taylor Farms} or massaged fresh kale leaves and shaved fresh Brussels sprouts

broccoli flowerets

cooked asparagus or green beans

Parmesan cheese, 1 +oz per serving

2+ cloves garlic, minced, {use more if serving a lot}

olive oil

salt & pepper

prepared honey dijon vinaigrette, or Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

1-2 bacon slices per serving, optional, or substitute ham, chicken or turkey


Put broccoli on a foil lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking oil.  Sprinkle with garlic and Parmesan.  Drizzle with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper.  Toss around to coat.  Spread out in an even layer and roast at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until done.  Immediately sprinkle with more Parmesan.

Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces and sauté until crisp.  Remove and drain on paper towels.  Drain all but 1 T grease from pan.  Add vinaigrette and heat to warm.  Add asparagus and/or green beans to dressing to warm.

Place spinach in a bowl with kale mix.  Top with cooked bacon, asparagus, and dressing.  Add broccoli and toss gently.  Serve immediately

This is my new favorite salad  😋


vegetable salad with warm dijon dressing


You can also make your own Warm Bacon Vinaigrette here.

This Autumn Vegetable Salad isn’t really just for autumn, it’s another great main dish salad


warm corn and bacon salad


And so is this Grilled Romaine Salad with Pears, Grapes, Brussels & Bleu


grilled romaine with pears & bleu

Eat well!


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17 Responses to “Recipe Box, Spinach & Kale Salad with Broccoli Croutons”
  1. Hi Jenna, I usually only like kale cooked, but your additions to the kale salad make it so very tempting! The Maine Blueberry Vinaigrette dressing which you recommended also sounds delicious. It’s salad season and I’ll definitely add this recipe to my ever-growing list! Linda

  2. Jenna, I need a salad like yours after all the heavy Easter food! I love kale and this really sounds delicious! Happy Wednesday!

  3. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    This looks delicious. I don’t mind the bits of bacon when there’s so much good nutrition to balance it. And besides, bacon makes everything better!

  4. Lynn says:

    More proof that a little bacon makes everything better:@) Sounds good!

  5. Kitty says:

    Oh Jenna, does that salad ever look good! I’ve been tempted to buy that prepared, bagged salad, as I’ve seen it at Target, so thanks for the good review of it. Your additions really took it up a couple of notches!

  6. Mary says:

    Jenna, It’s salad season here too with boating season on the horizon! I’m waiting not so patiently for Publix to open a little closer. We have one now that’s about 30 minutes away and near a new Whole Foods too that’s a feast for the eyes with all the colorful produce on display and stacked like art. I’ll be on the look out for the dressing, particularly, Wild Maine Blueberry Vinaigrette!

  7. Lisa says:

    This looks delicious! Pinning! Pinning! Pinning!

  8. Oh my, this sounds delicious. Do you happen to know if Cindy’s dressings are gluten free? I am sure I can find a substitute if they aren’t.

  9. I think I’ll try a variation of this spinach, kale, broccoli salad today. I have the ingredients and it will be fun to make. Thanks for the inspiration! Donna (Just One Donna)

  10. Ooh, what a gorgeous salad! Looks delicious!

  11. Lori says:

    Looks delicious!!

  12. carolyn says:

    Oh my! This looks so scrumptious. Must try

  13. Angela says:

    This looks fabulous! I Love the Broccoli “croutons” Pinned 🙂

  14. mrsben says:

    The Spinach and Kale salad does sound delish and nutritious as well. Thanks for much for sharing as printed it off. I am definitely going to try it. -Brenda-

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