I was looking for something vegetarian/vegan to eat earlier this week since I had eaten a lot of meat on my trip up to Canada. I’ve made kale salad many times. Sometimes I use brown rice, farro, beans, to make it a complete meal. Or if it is just a side, I will use just the leaves themselves. This was one of the better recipes I have made using quinoa.
It has been a busy week I also didn’t want to do anything time consuming or complicated and this fit the bill. It looked and sounded wholesome and healthy.
I had this recipe bookmarked for a while and liked how it had a good quinoa:kale ratio. In my experience when you order a quinoa salad at a restaurant, it’s like 80% greens to 20% quinoa, which is pretty weak in my opinion. I’d probably be hungry in an hour after eating something like that. But with this salad, the ratio is good and quinoa is filling.
You could make the recipe as originally written and it would be vegan, but it didn’t sound as good to me that way so I added some feta to take the flavor profile up a notch. Totally up to you though, see how it looks without feta.
Also I toasted the uncooked quinoa for a good minute or two before adding the water to cook it. Toasting helps to develop some more flavor in the quinoa and I always try to do that before cooking it.
Another modification I made was using hot quinoa straight out of the pot. The benefit of using hot quinoa is that I think the heat helps to soften the kale. It also tastes better to me. I would rather eat hot quinoa or cold quinoa. Not room temperature quinoa. Since it was just cooked and I was hungry I wasn’t going to wait around for it to cool.
Overall this turned out better than expected. The lemon and balsamic acidity cut the earthy flavor of kale back a bit. While the avocado and feta add creamy dimensions to balance out the sharpness of the acids. It was a really easy dish to throw together and you could be eating it in less than 30 minutes.
If you are looking for an easy and healthy weeknight meal this could be your answer!
Thanks for reading!
In case you missed them, here are some of my other salad recipes!
- Warm Farro with Buttered Onions, Cranberries, and Pecans
- Japanese Style Broccoli Salad with Egg and Ham
- Japanese Style Potato Salad with Ham
- Japanese Radish Salad with Tuna and Radish Sprouts
- Massaged Kale with Slivered Almonds and Lemon-Garlic-Olive Oil
- Romaine Salad with a Creamy Roasted Garlic Dressing
- Warm Farro Salad with Easter Egg Radishes and Broccoli
- Warm Farro Salad with Fresh Herbs, Goat Cheese and Dried Cherries
- Warm Farro Salad with Arugula, Fennel, Olives, and Prosciutto
- Warm Autumn Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Apple, and Cranberries