Copycat Trader Joe’s Mega Crunchy Romaine Salad Recipe

Copycat Trader Joe’s Mega Crunchy Romaine Salad Recipe

How To Make Copycat Trader Joe’s Mega Crunchy Romaine Salad

This crunchy copycat Romaine salad is tossed with quinoa, carrots, and cabbage, then dressed with a cilantro dressing that mixes lime juice, olive oil, and honey.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



For Salad:

  • cupquinoa,uncooked, rinsed
  • 1⅓cupswater
  • ½cupsunflower seeds,raw
  • ½tspolive oil
  • 11ozromaine,(1 small head) or one 5-to-6-oz bag of romaine, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1cupcarrots,shredded, julienned and roughly chopped
  • 1cupcabbage,green or purple, chopped, or broccoli slaw
  • ½cupradishes,chopped
  • ½cupdried cranberries

For Cilantro Dressing:

  • cupolive oil
  • 3tbsplime juice,about 2 medium limes
  • 2tbsprice vinegar
  • ¼cupfresh cilantro,lightly packed
  • 2tsphoney,or maple syrup
  • 2clovesgarlic,medium, roughly chopped
  • ½tspfine-grain sea salt
  • ¼tspchipotle chili powder,or regular chili powder


  1. Combine the quinoa and water in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then decrease the heat a bit to maintain a gentle simmer.

  2. Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water. Reduce heat as time goes on to maintain a gentle simmer.

  3. Remove the pot from heat, cover, and let the quinoa steam for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, and set aside to cool.

  4. Combine the sunflower seeds and olive oil in a medium skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently to not burn them, until the seeds are fragrant and starting to turn lightly golden on the edges. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

  5. In a large serving bowl, combine the prepared romaine, carrots, cabbage, radishes, and cranberries. Once the quinoa and sunflower seeds have cooled, add them to the bowl as well.

  6. In a blender or small food processor, combine all of the dressing ingredients and blend well, pausing to scrape down the sides as necessary.

  7. Taste, and adjust as necessary; it should be tangy, but if it tastes too sour, add a bit more honey. Add another ¼ teaspoon chili powder for more kick, if desired.

  8. If serving the salad all at once, drizzle in enough dressing to lightly coat the salad and toss to combine. If having leftovers, store the salad separately from the dressing, and toss just before serving.


  • Calories: 400.15kcal
  • Fat: 23.84g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.10g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 15.12g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.51g
  • Carbohydrates: 43.58g
  • Fiber: 6.79g
  • Sugar: 16.49g
  • Protein: 7.03g
  • Sodium: 339.62mg
  • Calcium: 76.59mg
  • Potassium: 594.70mg
  • Iron: 2.88mg
  • Vitamin A: 602.26µg
  • Vitamin C: 19.54mg
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