Garlic Kale Quinoa Recipe -
Garlic Kale Quinoa Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Garlic Kale Quinoa

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"Great for a quick-but-healthy side dish. White cooking wine can be used instead of 1 tablespoon water at the end of cooking."

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Original recipe makes 2 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    35 mins


  1. Bring 2/3 cup water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; saute kale and garlic in the hot oil until kale is wilted, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Stir quinoa into kale mixture and add sesame oil; cook until flavors blend, about 5 more minutes. Add 1 tablespoon water to mixture to keep from sticking.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 23, 2014

Simple, fast, delicious. I was looking for an easy quinoa recipe for a weeknight side dish and this fit the bill. We are trying to replace rice with whole grains like quinoa, and I wanted a dish that incorporated some greens as well to round out the nutritional balance. I had about a tsp of leftover diced onion and half of a diced tomato- added those in with the kale and garlic. This recipe made the perfect amount for two people. Will be making this often.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 12, 2014

It is good, but needs a bit more garlic or salt. I'm not a cook so I appreciate the recipe. I think there is a lot of room to experiment.

Mar 23, 2015

Garlic Kale Quinoa Haiku: "A divine side dish! Just needs more than one cup kale, cuz it shrinks so much." I never thought that I'd dive into a side dish w/ as much glee as I did this one, but WOW. I'd recently (finally) finished off a monster amount of Costco's frozen bags of quinoa/kale blend, and didn't want to stuff more of them in my freezer and found this recipe instead. And I am thrilled that I did b/c it is delicious! I've since made it 3 more times, once subbing spinach for kale (just as good), once adding toasted sesame seeds (not necessary, but a nice touch), and all the more recent times, at least doubling the greens b/c they shrink down too much in the heat and we love green chow in our house. A superb, healthy side dish, and ohhhh when I run it through the food-processor a few times, my baby CHOWS DOWN! :-)

Mar 26, 2015

Very good blend of flavors. I made exactly as the recipe stated. I might use more kale next time, but it was wonderful as is.

Mar 01, 2015

I really liked this. It was quick and easy to make. I added a few other seasonings and doubled the recipe, which was perfect for 2 people.

May 08, 2015

I really liked this--very tasty combination. I did double (or more) the kale and will definitely be making again. Thanks for a great recipe!

Jul 29, 2015

Very flavorful. I love the sesame oil in it. I doubled the recipe and it was just enough for me. Will definitely make that again.

Jan 28, 2015

Quick, Easy, & Healthy! Added Some Avocado and Called it Dinner :)


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  • Calories
  • 188 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 22 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 9.3 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 2.7 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 5.2 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 19 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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