The Best Quinoa Kale Salad Recipe: This Kale & Quinoa Salad Recipe Is So Delicious, No One Will Believe It's That Good for You by Jan Mostrom

Salads Side Dishes
2 years ago

Kale and quinoa? I know what you're thinking – sure, it may be healthy, but it can't possibly taste very good. But this is not just another kale or quinoa salad. This easy and delicious recipe combines unexpected ingredients and textures, plus an amazing avocado dressing that is to die for. I made it for a dinner party the other night and everyone asked me for the recipe. Best part? It's super simple and ready in about 30 minutes. It truly is the best quinoa kale salad ever!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6


  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 red or yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 bag baby kale
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 handful parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoon sunflower seeds

For the avocado dressing:

Here's how to make it:

  1. Slice up tomatoes, green peppers, carrots and green onions. 
  2. Rinse quinoa and prepare according to package directions (quinoa can be cooking while you chop vegetables or prepare the dressing). 
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the vegetables. Add 1 1/2 cups warm quinoa. Mix together all ingredients for avocado dressing, then add it on top of salad. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. In a large serving bowl, toss everything together. Serve to your family or guests, and sit back and wait for compliments (and recipe requests)!

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Quinoa $3 & Up
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Christine Jones
You know how much I don't love Kale and I loved loved this salad! This is now in my rotation. It's great as a side dish and in the summer it will be great as a main dish if you add chicken.
Jan Mostrom
Aww Chrissy....I'm bringing you over to the dark (green) side! I'm coming to your house for cookies on a stick!
Donna John
I love kale and this salad looks amazing! Plan to make it soon!
Elisa Schmitz
Hahaha, you guys are awesome! Can I come over if I bring the wine? :-)
Dieter Schmitz
Can't get enough kale!!
Heather Shadur
Looks great - can't wait to make it.
Jennison Grigsby
Looks amazing! And the video is great too!
Julio Caro
Thanks For Sharing....

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