Discover my Clean Travel Kale Salad for your travel adventures!

One of the biggest obstacles to eating clean on a travel day is that there are hardly ever any healthy options on the roadside, in an airport, or anywhere else.

This is why I created the Clean Travel Kale Salad!

This nutrient-dense salad has a base of kale, which is heartier than other salad greens. It can be pre-dressed, mixed, and it lasts without getting wilt-y and weird.

We take this salad with us on long drives and on days that we fly. This salad goes through airport security without trouble (I always am sure and pack it in see-through containers).

This salad is delicious and we always look forward to eating it! Check it out!

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What you need to make The Clean Travel Kale Salad



Kale is a superfood because of its high level of nutrients and phytonutrients! It\’s loaded with fiber, carotenes, B6, vitamin C and K, iron, and calcium.

Since kale is a cruciferous vegetable, it is high in sulforaphane which improves our body\’s detoxification (of estrogen specifically) and can lower the risk of certain cancers.

Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts are another cruciferous vegetable, helping us detox. They also are higher in protein, fiber, antioxidants and assist digestive health.

Red Radishes

Radishes are root vegetables that are packed with vitamin C, and many other nutrients and minerals.



Jicama is composed of mostly water, so it\’s great for hydration. There are also great immune-supporting nutrients in jicama like Vitamin C, fiber, magnesium, and potassium.

We love Jicama because of its prebiotic benefits, which help out our good gut buddies and in turn strengthen our immune system.

Sweet Potato

Sweet potato is essential for this salad. It gives it a heartiness, great flavor, and goes well with all of the ingredients.

Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin A & C, provide antioxidants, and can help stabilize blood sugar.

When sweet potatoes are served cold, like they are in this salad, they also have the effect of a prebiotic in our GI tract.

Seasonal Fruit

For this, I typically do Organic Blueberries or Pomegranate Seeds because they mix well and hold up without getting mushy.

Fruit is going to provide a variety of nutrients, antioxidants and be a healthy source of carbohydrates.

Broccoli Sprouts

I love using Organic Broccoli Sprouts for this salad. They mix great and it\’s an easy way to pack in nutrients!

Broccoli sprouts are a powerhouse – they can help prevent cancer, detox the body, and support your heart, lungs, and brain health.

Dried Cranberries

9 times out of 10 dried cranberries are going to have sugar. I don\’t typically use these. Natural Grocer has Tart Dried Cranberries sweetened with Organic apple juice, in their bulk section.

There is also a brand called Patience Fruit & Co. that has Organic Dried Cranberries sweetened with apple juice as well.

Cranberries are rich in antioxidants, which help decrease inflammation, contribute to urinary tract health, and may help improve immune function.


I typically will do Walnuts, Pecans, or Pistachios. This depends on what I have and what I feel like. Sometimes I\’ll do a mix. Nuts have great nutrients, fiber, protein and are a good source of fat.

Walnuts are one of the healthiest nuts that you can eat because of their high content of Omega-3 fats. They are great brain food, can boost your mood, and are also very heart-healthy.

Pecans are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and loaded with antioxidants to protect against oxidative stress and chronic inflammation.

Pistachios are a great source of healthy unsaturated fats and are also loaded with nutrients. They are known to be heart-healthy and cholesterol-healthy food and contribute to eye health because of the number of carotenoids they contain.


Pumpkin Seeds are my go-to for this salad, but I also will throw in some sunflower seeds now and then. Pumpkin Seeds are rich in antioxidants, help fight cancer growth, stabilize blood sugar, and can promote quality sleep!

Hemp Hearts

Hemp Hearts are a fantastic source of omega 3 fats and GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid), which helps reduce chronic inflammation. They are also high in insoluble and soluble fiber, promoting digestive health.

Fish or Meat

I love to put canned wild-caught sockeye salmon or sardines, which I prefer for traveling. Roasted or grilled chicken also goes great on top of this salad.

Salmon is extremely nutrient-dense. It is most ideal to eat wild-caught salmon because of the higher vitamin, mineral, and omega-3 fatty acid content in these, and the low heavy metal exposure. It is a high anti-inflammatory food and is recommended to have at least 2-3 servings per week.

Sardines are one of the healthiest, most budget-friendly things that you can eat. They are typically extremely accessible, affordable, and packed with nutrients. Sardines are high in protein, essential fatty acids, and vitamins and minerals. Like Salmon, it\’s preferable to buy this wild-caught and in extra virgin olive oil or water (not vegetable or canola oils).

How to Store your Clean Travel Kale Salad

Depending on if we are doing car or air travel and what our plans are, I pack the Clean Travel Kale Salad in either a disposable container or our favorite glass salad containers.

This is our Go-To Glass Salad Container! We love these. It\’s what we use weekly for our lunch salads and what we take when we are road tripping.

I go with a cheap plastic container if I\’m just going to trash it. It\’s not my favorite since we don\’t typically use plastic and it\’s also not great for the environment. But, since we do this rarely, I go with this option if I am looking for something easy to dispose of and don\’t have room in my carry-on to keep lugging something around.

Equipement & Ingredients

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