Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Kale & Quinoa Salad

Kale + Quinoa Salad with a Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

Kale is considered one of the healthiest superfoods on the planet and quinoa is not too far behind it. Quinoa is one of the most protein rich foods we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all 9 essential amino acids. It is high in fiber and rich in magnesium.

Kale contains an abundance of glucosinolate enzymes which stop cancer cells from becoming active and speeds up the removal of carcinogens from you system. Besides being a natural cancer fighter, it has many other benefits.


Our kale + quinoa salad is a weekly staple for me. It is crunchy, filling, full of flavor and packed with nutrients. The toasted walnuts and cranberries dance beautifully together with the hearty chopped kale and delicate bits of quinoa. The lemon vinaigrette dressing brings all of the flavors together and leaves me satisfied every time.

Kale + Quinoa Salad with a Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing
Salad Ingredients:

  • Kale 1 large bushel
  • Quinoa (cooked) ¼ cup
  • Dried cranberries ½ cup
  • Chopped Walnuts 1/3 cup
  • Grated Parmesan ½ cup

Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing:

  • Dijon Mustard 1 ½ tbsp
  • Lemon juice ½ cup
  • Garlic cloves 3 tbsp
  • Olive Oil 1 ¾ cup
  • Honey 1 ½ tbsp
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

To make the salad, remove the vain from the kale. Roughly chop the kale and place in a large bowl. Add in your cooled cooked quinoa, dried cranberries, chopped walnuts and grated Parmesan cheese. Set aside and start on your dressing.

To make the dressing, in a separate bowl whisk together all the ingredients except the olive oil. Once you have everything at a nice consistency slowly drizzle in the oil until it is emulsified.
Drizzle the dressing on the salad and toss until everything is nicely coated.

Enjoy your new favorite dish!

If you live in Houston, you can order this salad directly from Green Plate Kitchen HERE and can find it on our Catering Menus as well! 

Happy and Healthy Eating,


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