Our Take on the Famous ABC+K Salad

Fresh wardrobes, fresh air, fresh menus—don’t you love all the changes that come with the seasons? 

As soon as fall hits I can’t wait to turn off the AC and spring open the windows. I’m just dying to put away the sun dresses and bring out the sweaters. And you’d better believe nothing is going to keep me from indulging in all the incredible seasonal produce. My cookbooks always make an appearance on the coffee table this time of year when I pour through recipes, looking to satisfy my fall craving for something nourishing, comforting, and new. I want recipes that will fuel both our busy schedule and our momentum into the colder months. 

Fall is perfect for fresh but hearty salads—think crisp vegetables sprinkled with cozy-flavors like pepitas and cranberries. Think dark greens and a simple fresh dressing. We’ve got the perfect recipe for you, and I’m going to be eating it all season long. It’s healthy, bright, and a can hold up in your lunch bag for work the next day. 

An added bonus for this gem? It’s based off of Trader Joe’s famous A B C + Kale slaw, which means it’s exactly what we expect from a Trader Joe’s concoction: simple and delicious. Swing by the farmer’s market this weekend—you can’t go wrong here. Happy Fall!

Ingredients for Salad:

1 Large Apple (we used honey crisp)
2 Beets (dealer’s choice)
2-3 (or loosely 1 cup) Carrots
Large Bunch of Kale (we used lacinato kale, but curly would be just as good!)
1/3 C Dried Cranberries
2-3 T Hemp Hearts 
2-3 T Pepitas 

Ingredients for Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette

1 T minced Shallot
1 T Lemon Juice
1 T Dijon Mustard (could sub whole grain)
1/2 t Honey
1/4 C Olive Oil
Salt + Pepper to taste


Chop washed kale into desired size for salad, add to bowl. Julienne Carrots, Beets, and Apples, adding them on top of the salad. 

Whisk minced Shallot, lemon juice, mustard, and honey till combined. Slowly add in the olive oil as you continue to whisking until it emulsifies. Add S+P to taste.

Add dressing to the salad and toss to coat.

Top salad with Hemp Hearts, Cranberries, and Pepitas. Enjoy!

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