A crunchy kale and cabbage salad with broccoli florets, chickpeas and sunflower seeds all coated with a light nutritional yeast dressing. Vegan, gluten-free and paleo!

In case you haven’t noticed, I have a tiny crush on kale. I like to have it on hand every week to make something green. Some of my favorites include this garlicky kale salad, this detox salad, a kale and feta quiche or even a  green juice or green smoothie… I’ll stop there because I think you get my drift. Anyhow, this week I decided to stray from my normal kale recipes and I came up with something new.

Salad with kale, cabbage, avocado, broccoli, chickpeas, and a nutritional yeast goddess dressing in a bowl.

It’s not revolutionary as it’s just a kale and cabbage salad, but the ingredients are quite cleansing and the dressing is super simple to make, yet still robust with flavor. I think you’re going to love it!

Nutritional yeast goddess dressing being poured over a kale and cabbage salad with broccoli, chickpeas, and avocado.

Benefits of Cruciferous Vegetables

One awesome thing about this salad is that it is loaded with a cruciferous vegetables, which are known for their health benefits.

These vegetables are nutrient dense and low in calories. Each vegetable has a different nutrition profile but in general cruciferous vegetables are usually packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fiber. In addition, they contain glucosinolates, sulfur-containing compounds that provide cancer-fighting properties.

Side Affects of Cruciferous Vegetables

I should also mention that although cruciferous veggies are packed with nutritional benefits there are some side affects.

The first is that all the fiber in these veggies can cause gas and bloating.

And when eaten raw these veggies release goitrogens through the digestion process. Goitrogens can increase the need for iodine and can cause damage to the thyroid gland. This is usually only an issue if you’re eating large amounts of cruciferous vegetables or if you have an iodine deficiency or thyroid disfunction. If this is the case you should only eat cooked cruciferous vegetables and limit your consumption. And as always talk to your doctor about this if you have any concerns.

Salad with kale, cabbage, avocado, broccoli, chickpeas, and a nutritional yeast goddess dressing in a bowl.

Save Time With Cruciferous Crunch

There are a ton of veggies in the cruciferous family including cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower. For this salad we’re using kale, cabbage and broccoli. This blend is similar the Cruciferous Crunch salad mix, one of my go-to healthy staples from Trader Joe’s. Cruciferous Crunch has the same combo of veggies but also includes brussels sprouts. Pro tip: If you’re running low on time and want to skip all the chopping, you could totally use 2 bags of the Cruciferous Crunch to make this salad!

Salad with kale, cabbage, avocado, broccoli, chickpeas, and a nutritional yeast goddess dressing in a bowl.

What to do With Leftover Dressing?

The recipe for the nutritional yeast dressing makes more than enough to dress the salad so you’ll have some leftover to use on other salads or as a topping for another dish. I can attest to the fact that this dressing tastes delicious on tofu, steamed veggies and quinoa. It would be delicious on this sweet potato brown rice bowl.

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If you make this kale and cabbage salad be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turns out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers!

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Salad with kale, cabbage, avocado, broccoli, chickpeas, and a nutritional yeast goddess dressing in a bowl. Wooden spoon sitting in the bowl too.

Kale and Cabbage Salad

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6


A lovely kale cabbage salad with broccoli florets, chickpeas and sunflower seeds coated with a creamy nutritional yeast dressing. 


  • 4 cups kale (approx. 1 bunch), de-stemmed and shredded
  • 4 cups red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 medium crown of broccoli, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 (15 oz) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 3/4 cup nutritional yeast dressing (see recipe)


  1. Make nutritional yeast dressing.
  2. Chop all your veggies into bite-size pieces and toss into a large bowl to combine.
  3. Toss in chickpeas and sunflower seeds and top with dressing (I used about 1/2 the batch, but feel free to add as much or as little as you’d like). Use your hands to massage the salad, toss with a large spoon or put a lid on the container and shake until the salad is well coated.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Chop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe with 2 T of dressing
  • Calories: 306
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Fiber: 12g
  • Protein: 13g

Keywords: kale and cabbage salad

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    1. Katy
      April 24, 2019 AT 9:22 pm

      This salad dressing is amazing!! Thanks for a delicious recipe!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 25, 2019 AT 12:15 pm

        I’m so glad you like it. It’s of my favorites too. Kathy, would you do me a huge favor and leave another comment with the star rating? The ratings are super, super helpful for me! 🙂

    2. Angela Gurney
      June 21, 2016 AT 2:00 pm

      Is there a substitute for nutritional yeast?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 22, 2016 AT 7:08 pm

        Nutritional yeast is a hard ingredient to sub for because it adds a good amount of nutty, cheesy flavor to the dressing and there’s a lot used (1/2 cup) in this dressing. If you’re having trouble finding it at your local grocery store you can buy it online. Here’s the kind I buy: http://amzn.to/28Riqzb.

    3. CR
      May 9, 2013 AT 2:55 pm

      Looks tasty. Just to clarify are all the salad ingredients added raw?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 17, 2013 AT 2:38 pm

        Sorry I’m just now seeing this, but yes, all the ingredients are raw.

    4. Montgomery Heart
      March 26, 2013 AT 12:11 pm

      This looks like a great salad. Any time we can encourage people to eat more of them, we should do it. Garden Kitchen offers a “build your own salad” option with kale on the menu.

    5. taylor @ taylormade
      March 26, 2013 AT 6:01 am

      YUM. I’ll definitely be trying this… perfect for spring!

    6. Jessica
      March 25, 2013 AT 4:55 am

      I have heard so much about kale and cabbage. the benefits to the body and the nutrients it contains. I will def try this one out since I am into healthy eating now.

    7. Liz @ iheartvegetables
      March 24, 2013 AT 10:32 pm

      YUM! That looks so good! Alex saw my computer and he’s like “Is that a kale salad??” Looks like I’ve gotten him addicted as well 😉 I’ll add this one to the list of ones to try!

    8. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen
      March 24, 2013 AT 10:11 pm

      This looks beautiful! You KNOW I love all of your dressing recipes, so I’ll have to try this one out. 🙂

    9. Rebecca
      March 24, 2013 AT 10:09 pm

      This salad dressing is soooo yummy! It almost tastes like caesar, and for someone who can’t have dairy this is such a treat!
      I can’t wait to eat this for dinner tomorrow!

    10. Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food
      March 24, 2013 AT 8:11 am

      Kale is my favorite! Awesome looking salad. I just got a juicer and want to try something with it. Do you have a fav kale juice recipe?

    11. Maddi @ Pushups in Penny Loafers
      March 23, 2013 AT 8:33 pm

      I absolutely love kale and what a great thing to do with add chickpeas to it. The dressing looks divine too 🙂

    12. Emily K. @ Leaf Parade
      March 23, 2013 AT 9:32 am

      I am truly obsessed with kale salads. Thanks for sharing another one I can add into the mix!
      -Emily K.

    13. Jess Smith: Jessness Required
      March 23, 2013 AT 6:49 am

      YUM, thanks for another great recipe idea for salads..people think they are boring but really you can do anything with em!

    14. The Healthy Apple
      March 22, 2013 AT 9:34 pm

      Looks beautiful Britt! I LOVE making kale salads. Have a great weekend; hope all is well.

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