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Kale and Quinoa Salad with Crunchy Flavorful Veggies

Mind your Ks and Qs–two nutritional powerhouse ingredients! This Kale and Quinoa Salad showcases them both.

Kale and Quinoa Salad

Kale and Quinoa Salad

Please treat this recipe as a template to easily create your own unique salad with different grains and vegetables.

This particular combination of kale and quinoa takes advantage of our CSA farm share goodies by incorporating as many veggies as possible in one bowl of salad.


For example, start with about 2 cups of any cooked grain. Stir in your personal mix of crunchy and leafy vegetables. Add a flavorful allium, like garlic scapes, green onions, or chopped chives. Dress with a simple olive oil and vinegar dressing. Wah-lah!

For crunch and protein, toss in toasted sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or glamorous pine nuts.

Today’s salad features tri-color quinoa, the Q, and kale, the K. The K is wilted for brighter emerald color and to help the kale absorb the oil and vinegar dressing. You could also massage your kale, like in this Outstanding Kale Salad with Sunflower Seed Pesto and Apricots. Same, same, but different.

Mind your Ks and Qs with kale and quinoa salad, and have fun coming up with your own variations of greens and grains.

Make  it a wonderful week–get in the kitchen and cook some healthy greens!

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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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