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Kale and Quinoa Salad with Pumpkin Seeds

This Kale and Quinoa Salad showcases two nutritional powerhouse ingredients! With a tangy lemon dressing and crunchy pumpkin seeds, it makes a great main course salad on a hot summer day, or a side dish for a barbeque or potluck party.

Kale and quinoa salad in bowl with wooden salad servers

Massage your kale!

Massage the kale with your hands to break down the fiber, making it more pleasant to eat. The massage also gives the kale a brighter emerald color and helps the kale absorb the oil and lemon juice dressing.

You can use regular quinoa or tri-color rainbow quinoa.

You might also want to try this Outstanding Kale Salad with Sunflower Seed Pesto and Apricots.

Mind your Ks and Qs with kale and quinoa salad!

Make  it a wonderful week–get in the kitchen and make yourself a healthy salad!

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  • Teri

    The pictures in your blog make such a cheerful difference, Letty. Of course, I appreciate being mentioned now and then, too. I’m glad you added protein and didn’t go the Asian dark sesame oil route (as in the emerald kale salad at Whole Foods) because now I have a completely new-tasting salad recipe to prepare ultra-nutritious kale. Reply · 6 July, 2012

  • annie

    I just made the kale and quinoa salad. It is wonderful and is going to be a staple from now on in my house! I’ve been eating my garden kale in regular salads along with everything else in the garden and this is a nice change of pace! Reply · 12 July, 2012

  • kathleen

    Bringing this dish to our garden club Harvest Dinner meeting tomorrow. My kale is going gangbusters in the garden with all the rain, and now cool weather.
    Thanks for the recipe:-) Reply · 1 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks back to you. I love this recipe. I just went in and updated it so you can print the recipe–check it out. Reply · 1 September, 2014

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