Kale and Quinoa Salad

Kale and Quinoa Salad

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"Delicious and nutritious! This salad is sure to please the crowd! And with so many options to mix and match to your tastes, you can't go wrong. You can play with the kale-to-quinoa ratio to make this your own. Use alternative nuts and dried fruit to customize to your own taste buds."
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55 m servings 439 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 439 kcal
  • 22%
  • Fat:
  • 27 g
  • 42%
  • Carbs:
  • 43.9g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 10.7 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 17 mg
  • 6%
  • Sodium:
  • 397 mg
  • 16%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Stir quinoa into the boiling water, reduce heat to medium-low, place cover on the saucepan, and cook until water absorbs into the quinoa, about 12 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and let rest covered for 5 minutes. Remove cover and allow quinoa to cool completely.
  2. Put kale in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, garlic, pepper, and salt together in a bowl until oil emulsifies into the mixture; drizzle over kale. Add cooled quinoa, pecans, currants, and feta cheese to the dressed kale and toss to incorporate.


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Nice recipe. A nutritional powerhouse! but...Why would you not massage the kale? Massaged kale salads are everywhere. After cutting into ribbons, add 1tsp. sea salt. Massage for 2 min. It will b...

Most helpful critical review

It is healthy, but blah taste added white balsamic vinegar to it.

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Nice recipe. A nutritional powerhouse! but...Why would you not massage the kale? Massaged kale salads are everywhere. After cutting into ribbons, add 1tsp. sea salt. Massage for 2 min. It will b...

I bought the huge Costco bag of baby kale and was looking for something to do with it. Just tried this recipe and it is super easy and delicious. I added the quinoa while it was a little warm ...

I needed a quick Sunday lunch, and this was perfect! I've never enjoyed kale in a salad because it can be so crunchy, but the quinoa and dressing really helped soften the kale perfectly! I didn'...

This was a great salad! Made it for a group of 16, and they all asked for the recipe and gobbled it up. I did take one reviewers advice and put the quinoa with the kale while it was hot to hel...

This was so wonderful and quick! I used bagged organic kale from Trader Joes (one bag was a perfect amount). I made the dressing and then massaged it into the kale for a minute and then added th...

This was a great salad the next day. I cooked the quinoa in chicken stock, left out the mustard and used raisins instead of currants and pine nuts instead of the pecans. Poured the hot quinoa ov...

Love it! Followed the recipe to the letter. A healthy tasty way to make kale, and a nice refreshing "different" salad to take to an event. From the reviews, I would also echo the need to shred t...

This is so funny. I just made Quinoa for the first time and I made it almost identical to this one. I didn't think about the currants but I have some in my freezer so I will throw them in. I use...

I really loved this recipe as I've been wanting to cook more with kale and quinoa for better health. :) I happened to have some frozen quinoa, so I just microwaved that, and added the kale to th...

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