Kale, Quinoa, and Avocado Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Kale, Quinoa, and Avocado Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe
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Kale, Quinoa, Avocado Salad with Dijon Dressing
Loaded with super foods, there’s a ton of good stuff in this healthy salad. See more
  • READY IN 40 mins

Kale, Quinoa, and Avocado Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

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"Steaming the kale removes some of the bitterness. The salad dressing ties all the flavors together. A quartet of super foods (kale, quinoa, avocado, and olive oil) make this a healthy meal!"

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Original recipe makes 1 large salad Change Servings
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  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins
  • READY IN

    40 mins

Directions

  1. Bring the quinoa and 1 1/3 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, and the water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Place kale in a steamer basket over 1 inch of boiling water in a saucepan. Cover saucepan with a lid and steam kale until hot, about 45 seconds; transfer to a large plate. Top kale with quinoa, avocado, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, and feta cheese.
  3. Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, sea salt, and black pepper together in a bowl until the oil emulsifies into the dressing; pour over the salad.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 07, 2013

Huge hit even with the toddler. :). Although he eats anything. Steamed the kale in the microwave: rinse kale (don't dry) drop in a microwave safe bowl and cover with Saran wrap, lifting a corner to vent. 30 seconds or so. Lovely taste and healthy too.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 14, 2013

I am not fond of kale. Replaced it with fresh baby spinach. Still 4 supper foods, very good, and something I am comfortable eating. Next time I am thinking of adding some shredded grilled chicken or pork and maybe some rice as I am fond of one dish meals.

 
Jan 15, 2013

This is amaaazzzinnggg!!! The flavor combination in this is brilliant! Avocado and feta and the occasional cool bite of cucumber or spicy red onion; the dijon and lemon is phenomenal! SOOO mouth-watering! Even my kids (four and 1.5 yrs) devoured this. I made a double batch, we were nibbling on it still warm from the quinoa. I DID keep the kale raw, to retain nutrients. I massaged and kneaded the torn up leaves with a bit of salt; and put some of them in a large plastic bag and let my kids fling it around. This is soo soo soooo delicious!!

 
Jan 07, 2013

This was a great salad! Don't be scared of the kale. I made a half batch and sent it for lunch for my husband and myself. We both were pleasantly surprised by the great flavors in this dish. The dressing is a great complement to all of the ingredients. In the end, you barely even taste the kale, but you do reap all of the benefits of eating it!

 
Jun 18, 2013

This was an amazing and very healthy salad. Loved it! I have been asked for the recipe many times so it has been a hit with my company also. I have made it many times and have just done a couple of changes. I substitute chicken broth instead of the water to cook the quinoa in. I add cherry tomatoes cut in half to the salad and I add a little more lemon and 1 clove of garlic finely chopped to the dressing. Thank you for the recipe!

 
Dec 20, 2012

This was deservedly a real hit at the potluck dinner. I followed the recipe exactly, except that I put more avocado (the one I used was smallish, so I used a whole one). People wished I had more dressing, but all seemed to like it. I sure did! Specifically, I was complimented on how the avocado and the feta cheese added key flavors.

 
Jun 05, 2013

This was so delicious! Thank you for sharing, Stephanie! I made it last night for the first time. I couldn't use a whole bunch of kale (it wouldn't fit in the pot), but it was more than enough for the two of us. I also steamed the kale a big longer, but before it was mushy. Also, since I don't like feta cheese, I substituted gorgonzola, which was still tasty. Next time I'll use a whole avocado and add more of the bell pepper and cucumber. Can't wait to make this recipe again!

 
Sep 14, 2013

Nice to see this healthy recipe here - so good. Really dislike seeing people rate a recipe even though they don't even like the main ingredient - and chose to make it even with that ingredient the lead in the title! Really a head scratcher. . .

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 342 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 35.4 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 20.3 g
  • 31%
  • Fiber
  • 6.4 g
  • 26%
  • Protein
  • 8.9 g
  • 18%
  • Sodium
  • 552 mg
  • 22%

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

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