Super Food Salad

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Disclaimer: This post isn’t sponsored by Chick-Fil-A, I’m just a crazy fan of their Super Food Salad so I developed a recipe for myself that is close enough for me not to tell a difference if my eyes were closed.

Super Food Salad - my copycat version of Chick-Fil-A's delicious new side dish!

My daughter’s favorite place to eat in the world, aside from our home, is Chick-Fil-A. We usually eat there on the night she has choir practice since that is a night the entire family seems to be scattered to the winds.

So when they switch up their menu, I have a chance to check out the new stuff pretty soon after it’s debut. The latest craze is their Super Food Salad and let me tell you what, it was love at first bite. I could live on that stuff! So you know I had to have a go at duplicating the recipe at home. I want to be clear, right out of the gate, that this isn’t Chick-Fil-A’s recipe. I have never seen their recipe and I just developed my recipe from the ground up based on the menu description. However, to my tastebuds, they are twins, maybe not absolutely identical, but twins just the same.

So if you are in love with the superfood salad they serve there like I am, here is how you can make it at home on those days where you may not be heading in the general direction of Chick-Fil-A but you still have a need that deserves to be filled.

Oh and this, this is another reason why I am so familiar with their menu du jour…

We’ve started calling this “Chicken School” on the days we take our homeschool to Chick Fil a 🙂 #chickfila #eatmorechicken #homeschooling

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We also have what we call “Chicken School” from time to time where I pack up our homeschool materials and we find us a booth at the local chick fil a for breakfast. After breakfast, we start on our school work and finish up around lunchtime, which we then have there (of course) before heading back home. The fun thing about Chicken School is how welcoming our local Chick-Fil-A spot is. They refill our drinks while we work, ask if there is anything else we need, and tell us to let them know if we do. The crazy thing is that Katy enjoys it so much that she hasn’t noticed we get twice as much work done on those days!

Super Food Salad - my copycat version of Chick-Fil-A's delicious new side dish!

For the salad part, you’ll need Kale, broccoli, sunflower kernels*, and dried cherries.

*Chick-Fil-A does NOT use sunflower kernels. They use a roasted nut blend which seems to be almonds, pecans, and walnuts, but you don’t see a lot of those and I wanted more nuts throughout, plus sunflower kernels are cheap :).

I was so tempted to add in matchstick carrots, shredded cabbage, etc, but decided to keep it simple and try to stick as close as I could (aside from the nuts) to how Chick-Fil-A does it. I’m glad I did because this salad is stinking awesome.

Also worth noting is that Chick-Fil-A uses broccolini. I had to look that up. Sounded like baby broccoli with aspirations or something. Turns out it is some Italian broccoli with smaller florets and larger seeds. Either way, to me it was just another veggie putting on airs so I settled for plain old broccoli, already in a bag, already cut. And you see that big old bag of Kale? It was already cut, too, and cost me less than $3. There was enough to make this salad twice. If you decide to make one serving and save the rest of the Kale, just put it in a zipper seal bag with one paper towel and store in your fridge. That paper towel in there will keep it fresh and crispy for twice as long. Works for lettuce and such, too.

Super Food Salad - my copycat version of Chick-Fil-A's delicious new side dish!

For the dressing you’ll need: apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Now y’all, I’m using my famous Maple Syrup from Ginter’s Corner Tap N’ Sap again. You may recall how I fantasized about getting my daughter married into their Maple Syrup Dynasty over in my Maple Pecan Pie Post. I’m still working on that…

The big old mason jar contains my dressing ingredients. I’m about to put a lid on it and give it a good, hearty shake. If your kids walk in while you are doing this open your eyes real big and growl while shaking it. They will scatter to the winds until you call them back into the kitchen for supper and you’ll have a little “me” time :).

Super Food Salad - my copycat version of Chick-Fil-A's delicious new side dish!

Lookie thar. All shook up. Just like Elvis!

Super Food Salad - my copycat version of Chick-Fil-A's delicious new side dish!

Oh look, there’s Brady! You don’t see him around on SouthernPlate much these days so when I was taking photos and he leaned in for a bomb it felt like a rare treat for me. I’m hoping you’ll see more of him after this school year as he’s decided to join us at home, customize his studies (more programming and pre engineering classes), and finish up high school with an advanced degree in one year rather than two. It’s amazing what you can do when you don’t have to stay behind a pace car, just another reason why I love homeschooling :).

Disclaimer for the people o’ the internets: No insult is intended towards anyone who doesn’t homeschool or any schools, public or private, that currently come to the mind of whoever is reading this. Please note that it is possible to say something that compliments a choice without it being a statement degrading a different choice. Just like saying someone is pretty is not saying the rest of the world is ugly. If you find yourself offended, please click here and read this post. Now let us get back to the food part…

Super Food Salad - my copycat version of Chick-Fil-A's delicious new side dish!

Put all your stuff in a bowl. Pour dressing over. Stir it up real good. Eat it real good. Enjoy!

Store this in the refrigerator, covered. Best if enjoyed within the first two days of being made.

Super Food Salad - my copycat version of Chick-Fil-A's delicious new side dish!

So how did it turn out? Well, it’s gone and no one helped me eat it :).

I love this stuff and can see myself making it weekly, especially since it is so easy.

To my tastebuds, I hit the mark with this recipe – but that’s not saying I won’t spin through the drive through to get my fix should the need arise.

If you have a Chick-Fil-A near you, I highly recommend this side dish with your next meal! If you want to be like me when you grow up (we’ll discuss your misguided aspirations later), you can order a plain grilled chicken sandwich, superfood salad, and a large Diet Dr Pepper. Be sure and ask for a pack of ketchup and put that on your sandwich because that is how I roll!

Super Food Salad

This recipe is forgivable and easily customized. Add more of whatever you like and less of whatever you don't.
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salad
Servings: 4 about 12 cups
Calories: 386kcal
Author: Christy Jordan


  • About 8 cups chopped kale
  • About 2-3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons good quality maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Place kale, broccoli, sunflower kernels, and dried cherries in a very large bowl. Set aside.
  • In mason jar, add vinegar, oil, maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Put lid on and shake really well, until combined.
  • Pour over kale mixture and stir to coat. Store, covered, in the refrigerator, for up to two days.


Calories: 386kcal
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  1. Christy, I am so upset at myself for missing this the first time you posted it, but really glad I found it this time. (Apparently, Microsoft and “Live” emails now have a feature that chooses what they consider “important” emails, and those not so much. They had put yours in the WRONG pile and I had not realized it. Anyway, this salad looks amazing! And, even better is seeing your precious son’s smile. I have so missed seeing that young man, especially with joy on his face. So excited to hear more about all he is doing following in his dad’s footsteps.

    1. Oh, and I forgot to mention, homeschooling has afforded us the same opportunity in a different direction: ministry for my youngest (who is headed to a particular school far from his mother, and ministry calling even further–but I know in my heart is it God’s plan for him). Thank you, again for all of your encouragement!

  2. Okay I marvel at all you do…home schooling, blog, recipe researcher, mom & Family Engineer (sounds better than “housewife”!! Wow you are truly a super woman! God Bless.
    an 80-yr old admirer.

  3. Ordered the salad today, and was told that it had just been made and had to marinate at least 30 minutes before it could be served. And from another source, I read that massaging dressing into kale leaves breaks down their cell walls and makes them less bitter and allows the dressing to be better absorbed. This is an amazing salad and so happy I found your version.

  4. Just tried this salad–first time eating kale in a salad. It was really good, and we also like the dressing. My 6-year old is hooked on my homemade ranch dressing, but my husband and I love this dressing! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I’m definitely going to give this a try. I just wanted to mention that over the holidays I bought a baklava sampler tray at Aldi’s. It was divided into sections with different types of baklava in small muffin papers. I immediately got online and looked for a recipe that I thought would come close. Anyway, while looking for a mixture of suitable nuts, Aldi’s has “Simply Nature” Raw Almonds, Pecans and Pistachio Kernels. Everything is chopped except the almonds. I thought I’d mention it for your Super Food Salad.

    I also wanted to mention that on occasion I buy a bag of kale and throw it in the freezer (I also do the same with spinach). Then when I want to add greens to a smoothie I have them on-hand.

  6. I have made this salad twice for a large group of my gardening friends. I had numerous people comment on how good it was and a few asked me for the recipe. It’s delicious! Thanks for sharing it with me. I grow my own kale and broccoli and I am so happy to have a recipe that incorporates both!

  7. Ok…I happily stumbled upon your blog this morning and when I saw the replication of the amazingly, delicious SUPER FOOD SALAD I was beyond giddy!!! Can’t wait to try it!! This is my fave at Chick Fil A! I will be a new subbie for sure!!! Big Hugs!!

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