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Crunchy Kale Quinoa Salad in a white bowl with a wooden spoon inside the bowl.

Kale Quinoa Salad with Apples and Grapes

Katerina | Diethood
Nutrient-rich and bursting with flavor, this easy Autumn Kale Quinoa Salad features quinoa and raw kale, tossed in a homemade vinaigrette along with apples, grapes, bell pepper, and sunflower seeds.
Servings : 6
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients
  

For the Salad:
For the Dressing:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed or finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup grated parmigiano reggiano

Instructions
 

  • Cook quinoa according to the directions on the package; let it completely cool.
  • In the meantime, make the dressing by combining olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, honey, dijon mustard, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl or a jar; mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Place the chopped kale in a large salad bowl.
  • Pour HALF of the dressing over the kale; cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 15 minutes. NOTE that this will help to soften the kale.
  • Remove the plastic wrap; to the kale add the prepared quinoa, apples, grapes, diced pepper, and sunflower seeds.
  • Pour remaining dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust accordingly.
  • Top with grated cheese.
  • Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 298 kcal | Carbohydrates: 34 g | Protein: 10 g | Fat: 16 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 6 mg | Sodium: 231 mg | Potassium: 598 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 14 g | Vitamin A: 7201 IU | Vitamin C: 103 mg | Calcium: 221 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Net Carbs: 30 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kale quinoa salad, salad with kale, salad with quinoa