Easy Chick Fil A Side Salad Copycat Recipe


Chick Fil A Side Salad

Chick-fil-A side salad can be easily reproduced at home with our copycat recipe. This salad is simple, yet delightful. Give this recipe a try for your next dinner, or group gathering. It is very easy to make and tastes great!

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Side Salad

The side salad from Chick-fil-A is a light and healthy option. This salad is so tasty and delicious that it often leaves you wishing for more. We are excited to share with you, how you can easily make this side salad at home, for any occasion. There are only a few ingredients needed to make this light side easily from scratch. 

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Side Salad

One of the great things about our copycat Chick-fil-A side salad recipe is that it can be easily adapted to include any other ingredients you wish. You can easily add ingredients to change the overall flavor of the side salad, or you can simply follow our suggested recipe for an easy and delicious side dish to any meal you are preparing at home. 

Garden Side Salad

Chick-fil-A’s side salad is a lovely garden salad that is made with fresh greens, cheese, as well as a few additional toppings. Their garden salad is very light and makes you think of springtime. Let’s turn our attention to what ingredients are needed to make this salad at home. 


Greens. Chick-fil-A side salad is made using a variety of greens. If you wish to make your homemade salad very similar to the restaurant, you will want to include Romaine lettuce, green cabbage, red leaf lettuce, as well as green leaf lettuce. This lettuce combination is mixed into a lovely springy bed of lettuce to form the basis of your salad. 

Vegetables. Although there are a few toppings included in Chick-fil-A side salad, some of the vegetables that are included consist of grape tomatoes, and red bell peppers. When you are making the salad at home, adding things such as avocados, or carrots makes a delicious salad. 

Cheese. There are two types of cheese served on Chick-fil-A’s side salad. Chick-fil-A features Monterey Jack Cheddar Cheese as well as Cheddar cheese. These cheeses are shredded and sprinkled throughout the salad. Although these cheeses are great and taste delicious in the salad if you wish you could add additional cheeses such as Coby Jack, or even blue cheese.  

Topping. There are no exact toppings that come on Chick-fil-A’s side salad. When you make it at home, you can add as many toppings as you wish. Some great additions include nuts or sunflower seeds. You could also try adding additional vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, or cucumbers.

Dressing. Chick-fil-A side salad is not served with any specific dressing directly on the salad. You can add whatever type of dressing you wish. The same is true when you make your copycat Chick-fil-A side salad at home. You can easily make your own dressing or add any dressing of your choosing to the top of it before serving and enjoying the salad.

How to Make

Once you have determined everything that you want to include in your copycat Chick-fil-A side salad, it is just a matter of putting it together. The process of making your side salad at home it’s very easy. Please see our recipebelow for details. 



3 cups Romaine lettuce
1 cup green cabbage 
1 ½ cup red leaf lettuce 
1 ½ cup green leaf lettuce
1 pint grape tomato
1 cup crispy red bell peppers
½ cup Monterey Jack Cheddar Cheese
½ cup Cheddar cheese


Step 1

To make your salad, begin by washing all your lettuce, cabbage, and tomatoes. Be sure to dry it thoroughly. 

Step 2

Chop your Romaine lettuce, green cabbage, red and green leaf lettuce. Then combine in a salad bowl. 

Step 3

Next, add your grape tomatoes, and crispy red bell peppers to the top. Sprinkle with Monterey Jack cheddar cheese, and cheddar cheese. Add any additional toppings you wish before serving. Serve and enjoy!


Crispy Red Bell Peppers From Scratch

I often have a very difficult time finding the crispy red bell peppers in a store near me. So, I have ended up making them on my own. To do this, you will need 2 red bell peppers. ½ cup all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, a pinch of paprika, a pinch of black pepper, ½ cup milk, and one medium egg, along with oil for frying.

Bring your oil to 360°F. While your oil is heating, chop the red bell peppers. Then in a mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients. In a separate mixing bowl, combine your wet ingredients.  Dip your peppers first into the dry ingredients, then into the wet ingredients, before dipping a final time into the dry. Drop carefully into your hot oil and cook until they begin to turn golden brown.

Keep a close eye on your oil temperature so that it does not reach the smoke point and burst into flames. Remove your cooked peppers from the cooking oil and allow the grease to drain into a paper towel. 

Buttermilk Dill Ranch Dressing From Scratch

It is fun to make your own dressing from scratch. A delicious recipe that I often enjoy is made by combining ½ cup sour cream, ¼ cup buttermilk, ½ teaspoon lemon juice, ½ teaspoon dried chives, ¾ teaspoon dried dill, ½ teaspoon dried parsley, ¼ teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper. Whisk all the ingredients together until combined, then pour on top of your salad to enjoy. 

Features & Tastes

With Crispy Red Bell Peppers

If you have never tried them, crispy red bell peppers are very similar to French fried onions. They have a delicious crunch, and flavor to them. Sometimes Chick-fil-A will serve their side salad with a packet of crispy bell peppers on the side. Including crispy red bell peppers in your homemade copycat Chick-fil-A side salad adds a delicious crunch to the salad. You can also try adding French fried onions, and nuts for additional crunch if you wish.

Low Carb Chick Fil A Side Salad with Grilled Chicken Nuggets

You can easily adapt this copycat Chick-fil-A side salad recipe into a main meal, to do this simply add strips of chicken nuggets to the top of your salad. You could also grill up a chicken breast and add pieces of the grilled chicken to the top of your salad. This allows you to enjoy a well-balanced meal that is both flavorful and filling. 

Chick-fil-A Side Salad Nutrition Facts

We have based our nutritional facts for the copycat Chick-fil-A side salad on our recipe outlined above. Please note that this includes the basic salad and no additional ingredients. Please see below for details.

How many calories in Chick-fil-A Side Salad

Based on the above ingredients, we have estimated that the above recipe contains approximately four servings. Therefore, ¼ of the above recipe is equal to one serving. We have estimated that one serving of the above recipe contains approximately 144 calories. 

Nutrition Facts

We have estimated that one serving contains 144 calories. We have also estimated that one serving contains approximately 9.7 g total fat, 30 mg cholesterol, 185 mg sodium, 7.3 g total carbohydrates, and 8.2 g protein. We have also estimated that this side salad contains approximately 3 mcg vitamin D, 291 mg calcium, 2 mg iron, and 380 mg potassium.


One of the great things about making Chick-fil-A side salad at home is that you have complete control over the allergens inputted into it. The main allergen that this recipe contains is dairy, which is in the cheese. Please also note, but if you include the crunchy red bell peppers, they may contain flour. Otherwise, please check your package ingredients to be sure that no other allergens are contained in your specific ingredients. 

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Pro Tips

Make-Ahead. If you need to make a salad ahead of time, you can easily do this. Simply combine your greens, tomatoes, and cabbage together. Hold off on adding your cheese, crispy red peppers, and dressing until you are ready to serve. This way, you will have most of your salad prepared ahead of time and can easily add the last few items right before you serve. This will give you the best results for preparing the salad in advance.

Storage. To store your salad, you’ll want to transfer it to an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator. Typically, when your salad is without the dressing, it will usually last for 2 to 3 days if stored in the refrigerator. When it begins to turn brown, you’ll want to toss it. However, once your salad has dressing throughout all of the lettuce, it will only be good for that same day. 

Chick Fil A Salad Variations

Cobb Salad

Cobb salad is an easy variation of the above side salad recipe. Making the salad into a Cobb salad will give you added protein by simply including approximately four boiled eggs that are sliced, along with ½ cup of crumbled bacon.

Spicy Southwest Salad

Another easy variation of the above side salad recipe is to make it into a spicy southwest salad. To do this you will simply need to add some spicy chicken slices, a can of corn that has been drained, along with some tortilla chips, or corn chips. Mix a bit of southwest dressing on top, or simply add a bit of BBQ sauce and ranch dressing for a very tasty southwest salad. 

Market Salad

The market salad can also be made using the above side salad recipe as your base. To make copycat Chick-fil-A market salad, simply add some strawberries, blueberries, slices of grilled chicken, walnuts, and blue cheese. You can also add slices of apples, and dried cranberries if you wish. 

Lemon Kale Caesar Salad

Another salad you could make using the above side salad as your base is a lemon kale Caesar salad. This salad can be made using a bed of Romaine lettuce mixed with kale. It can then be topped with shaved pieces of Parmesan cheese, and fresh lemon wedges. This salad is great when paired with a vinaigrette dressing. To make a copycat version, simply use the above side salad recipe, and add kale along with slices of Parmesan cheese and fresh lemon wedges. 

Salmon or Shrimp

If you love seafood, try adding shrimp or salmon to your above recipe for the side salad. This will give you a nice on-the-border type of salad, that not only looks beautiful, but it also tastes amazing. Cook the salmon and shrimp to your liking before adding them to the top of your salad. 

Can’t eat lettuce?  

If you have difficulty with eating regular lettuce, you can try mixing it up by switching the Romaine lettuce to something like kale, or cabbage. Otherwise, you can prepare as instructed above. 

Chili Lime Vinaigrette Dressing

You can make your own chili-lime vinaigrette dressing using a few ingredients. To make this you will need ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil, ¾ cup lime juice, 1 ½ tablespoon honey, six cloves garlic that is pressed and minced, one and a half teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, one and a half teaspoon smoked paprika, ¾ teaspoon salt, and 1/3 teaspoon cayenne. For the dressing, place all of your ingredients into a blender or food processor, pulse until it is combined, add additional seasonings if desired. Use the dressing immediately. 

The Chick Fil A Superfood Side

Out of all the recipe variations for this Chick-fil-A side salad, there is one prominent one. The one recipe variation that stands out the most, is the kale crunch side salad. This is another version of Chick-fil-A side salad that uses kale instead of Romaine. Although this side salad is not available everywhere at this time, you can still make this kale salad from scratch and enjoy it anytime you wish. 

Kale Crunch Side Salad

Chick-fil-A’s kale crunch side salad is made by using a combination of curly kale, and green cabbage tossed together. The side salad is drizzled with a dressing made from apple cider vinegar and Dijon mustard vinaigrette. It is then finished off with salted roasted almonds for a tasty crunch. Although this side salad is very basic, many people enjoy it because of the superfood greens. 

Chick Fil A Superfood Salad Copycat Recipe

You can easily make a copycat version of this kale crunch side salad that is a well-loved superfood salad. Below is a copycat recipe that will walk you through making your own version of the salad. Please feel free to improvise and add additional toppings to a salad as well. 

Chick Fil A Superfood Salad Ingredients

4 cups kale, chopped
2 cups green cabbage, chopped
1 head broccoli, cut into florets and chopped into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Your choice of roasted nuts, to taste (nuts such as salted walnuts, salted almonds, and glazed pecans are great options)

Dijon and Apple Cider Vinaigrette

4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

How to Make a Chick Fil A Superfood Side Salad

To make a copycat version of Chick-fil-A’s kale crunch side salad, you simply prepare the kale by rinsing it in cold water, then allowing it to fully dry. Then chop the kale into fine pieces and add to a salad bowl. Next, rinse and chop your cabbage then add to the salad bowl and combine with your kale. When your greens are mixed, you can rinse and cut your broccoli into bite-size florets. Toss with your greens. Add dried cranberries and toss them in with your greens. Prepare your Apple cider vinegar dressing by mixing together your apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, extra virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle on your salad when you are ready to eat. Serve and enjoy. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a side salad from Chick fil-A? 

The side salad at Chick-fil-A can vary in price depending upon your location. Quickly, the side salads at Chick-fil-A range from 3 to 5 dollars in cost. 

Does Chick-fil-A have side salads? 

Yes, depending upon your location there may be as many as two side salad choices. These include the basic garden side salad, as well as the kale side salad.

How many calories are in a Chick-fil-A side salad?

If the side salad is purchased from the restaurant, it contains approximately 470 calories. However, if you make this copycat recipe for Chick-fil-A side salad, we have estimated that our recipe contains approximately 144 cal. Please note that this is without dressing, and may vary depending upon what specific ingredients you add

What kinds of salads does Chick-fil-A have?

Chick-fil-A typically offers two kinds of side salads and three main salad entrées. Their salads include a Cobb salad, southwest salad, and a market salad. You can also get a kale salad and a garden salad both sides.

Can I get the garden salad catered?

Yes, currently you can get two different sizes of the garden salad catered. Or, you can easily make this salad yourself using the above recipe. 

How many carbs are in chick fil a side salad?

Or just a side salad from Chick-fil-A, there are approximately 16 g of carbs in the salad. You can also make your own homemade version of the salad, which only contains approximately 7.3g carbs per serving.

What are the benefits of making Chick Fil A Superfood Salad?

You can easily make your own super food salad which is a version of Chick-fil-A kale side salad. There are many benefits to making your own kale salad. These include that the kale copycat salad recipe is very beneficial to your health. It is also a very easy salad make, and simple so that most everyone will enjoy it.

What is in the Chick fil A Superfood salad?

The crunch side salad purchased directly from Chick-fil-A contains kale and green cabbage that are tossed together. They are then mixed with an apple cider and Dijon mustard vinaigrette, then topped off with salted almonds. 

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What are some other salads with grilled chicken?

There are all kinds of salad you can make that feature grilled chicken. Simply add grilled chicken to the above recipe for salad, and then add any and all of your favorite ingredients. One of my favorites is to add grilled chicken to the above recipe and add corn, and black beans, along with some avocado slices for a southwestern feel.

Is the Chick Fil A superfood salad good for you?

Yes, Chick-fil-A’s superfood side salad or their kale side salad is very healthy for you. There are many health benefits to eating a kale salad. Or you can also make your own at home simply by following the above recipe for a copycat version of Chick-fil-A kale side salad. 

Does Chick Fil A still have superfood salad?

Yes, they currently serve a kale crunch side salad which is very much a superfood salad. 

How many calories are in a Chick fil A superfood salad?

They estimate that their kale crunch salad contains approximately 120 calories.

Is Chick Fil A superfood salad keto? Is it vegan?

Yes, making your own copycat Chick-fil-A kale crunch salad, can be both keto and vegan friendly. While it should be naturally keto-friendly, however, you will want to omit any cheese to make it vegan-friendly. 

Is Chick Fil A superfood side gluten free?

Although Chick-fil-A kale crunch salad should be gluten-free, be sure to read the labels on all of your ingredients to be sure it fits your allergy needs.

Is a side Salad from Chick-fil-A healthy?

A side salad from Chick-fil-A is fairly healthy. However, an even more healthy version is to make your own copycat Chick-fil-A side salad from scratch. 

What sizes does this salad come in?

When you purchase a side salad from Chick-fil-A, it is rather small. Because it is a side salad, there is only one size. However, when you make your own homemade copycat Chick-fil-A side salad, you can make it as big or as small as you wish.

How many calories are in this recipe?

We have estimated that one serving of our copycat Chick-fil-A side salad contains approximately 144 calories per serving. 

What does this salad taste like?

The side ballad taste like a bit of spring. It’s full of delicious greens, that taste like a nice sunny day. 

Is the Chick-fil-A kale crunch salad vegan?

You will want to be sure to check Chick-fil-A allergen statement to be sure, however, Chick-fil-A’s kale crunch salad should be vegan as it contains no animal products. 

What’s the difference between the older superfood side and the newer kale crunch?

The difference between Chick-fil-A’s old superfood side salad and their newer kale crunch side salad is that there are fewer ingredients, and the ingredients in the salad contain less sugar. Chick-fil-A’s previous superfood side salad had additional ingredients such as walnuts, dried cherries, and broccoli. Chick-fil-As newer kale crunch salad contains fewer ingredients, and only consists of curly kale, green cabbage, apple cider does a Dijon mustard vinaigrette, and salted roasted almonds. 

Can you make this salad ahead of time?

Yes, you can most assuredly prepare our recipe for Chick-fil-A side salad ahead of time. Simply follow the steps above, so that your greens and tomatoes are mixed in. Hold off on adding your cheese and dressing until you are ready to serve. 

“The Best Side Salad”

Sometimes simple is the best. With our copycat recipe for Chick-fil-A side salad, you will have the best side salad at your fingertips. If you wish to add more ingredients, simply add your favorite vegetables or fruits to the base recipe above. Or you can leave it simple as we have walked you through the step-by-step instructions above. We have learned, that sometimes simple is the absolute best. 

Chick-Fil-A Side Salad

Making your own copycat Chick-fil-A side salad is surprisingly easy to make at home. It consists of very few ingredients and can be made easily. Check it out for yourself and give this recipe a try. 

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