Quinoa Kale Almond Salad

This quinoa kale almond salad has a fantastic combination of healthy ingredients which give it a unique nutty flavour. It’s ideal as a healthy packed lunch.

This quinoa kale almond salad has a fantastic combination of healthy ingredients which give it its nutty flavours. Then there’s the sweetness bursting forth from the juicy golden raisins! This is ONE BIG BOWL of nutrition and sweet deliciousness all rolled into one!

Folks, allow me to just interrupt my tantalising of your taste buds with this quinoa kale almond salad by checking that you’ve entered yourself into the giveaway for your chance to win the TinaTio oven gauntlets? Please make sure you do, thanks!

Right, so I should also mention about the sweetness bursting forth from the juicy golden raisins!

This is ONE BIG BOWL of nutrition and sweet deliciousness all rolled into one!

This quinoa kale almond salad has a fantastic combination of healthy ingredients which give it its nutty flavours. Then there’s the sweetness bursting forth from the juicy golden raisins! This is ONE BIG BOWL of nutrition and sweet deliciousness all rolled into one!

This salad just worked so well, with the versatile low fat home-made Pennsylvania Dutch sweet and sour salad dressing we had stored in the fridge and made previously from this turkey bacon and tomato salad recipe.

So it had to be posted!

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This quinoa kale almond salad has a fantastic combination of healthy ingredients which give it its nutty flavours. Then there’s the sweetness bursting forth from the juicy golden raisins! This is ONE BIG BOWL of nutrition and sweet deliciousness all rolled into one!
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Quinoa Kale Almond Salad
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
 
A deliciously fresh and sweet tasting kale salad packed with nutty tastes and bursting with flavour from juicy golden raisins.
Course: Dinner
Servings: 8
Calories: 278 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 200 g bag chopped kale
  • 250 g quinoa
  • 75 g almonds
  • 75 g golden raisins
  • 1 large red bell pepper chopped
  • 100 g cucumber slices quartered
  • 100 ml Pennsylvania Dutch Sweet and Sour Salad Dressing
Instructions
  1. Rinse and drain the kale.
  2. Cook the quinoa in 600ml vegetable stock, then allow it to drain and cool.
  3. Lightly toast the almonds in a small saucepan.
  4. Combine the kale, cooked quinoa, toasted almonds, golden raisins, pepper and cucumber in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add the salad dressing and, using your hands, combine the salad together with the dressing for a few minutes. At this point you should remove any hard kale stalks you might find.
  6. The salad is ready to eat once combined well, but I prefer to refrigerate it overnight to allow the dressing to marinate through.
Recipe Notes

Best made and left to marinate overnight in the fridge.

Good as a side with grilled chicken breast.

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Kale Almond Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 278 Calories from Fat 122
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.6g 21%
Saturated Fat 1.8g 9%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 13.5mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 33.7g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5.1g 20%
Sugars 7.9g
Protein 8.1g 16%
Vitamin A 18%
Vitamin C 95%
Calcium 9%
Iron 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

A deliciously fresh and sweet tasting kale salad packed with nutty tastes and bursting with flavour from juicy golden raisins. Ideal for packed lunches or dinner.

The recipe for this quinoa kale almond salad makes 8 portions, but, depending on how hungry you are, maybe not so!

At only 278 calories per serving it’s not one where helping yourself to a bit more is going to burst the waistline anyway.

Plus, we found it also made a pretty versatile side salad too, going really well with grilled chicken breasts.

This quinoa kale almond salad has a fantastic combination of healthy ingredients which give it its nutty flavours. Then there’s the sweetness bursting forth from the juicy golden raisins! This is ONE BIG BOWL of nutrition and sweet deliciousness all rolled into one!

Right, so, here we are again, another weekend over and another work week started. For us it was a pretty good weekend weather wise (for a change) with the sun out and a pleasant temperature too. What about you?

I did a fair bit of cooking and sorting stuff out, missing the good weather, to prep for the week ahead. All for good reason though!

This is a shorter week for us because…..we’re heading away camping next weekend, woohoo!

Yep, up into the Scottish highlands and actually proper camping this time. Camping? Yep you heard right, AND in a tent. I know, I know! After all the rain I’ve described moaned about that we’ve had this year, you’re right to think that, yes, we are totally mad!!

Still, we are going to the Glen Nevis Campsite from late Friday afternoon until Monday. It’s got great facilities, hot showers, shop, pub and a restaurant nearby too. All of which means if the weather’s that bad, we won’t be planning to spend that much time, other than sleeping, in the tent!

And, on Saturday, Liam will be joining Lynne and I to climb Ben Nevis, the U.K’s highest mountain.

We can’t wait. You know our enthusiasm for Scotland’s outdoors and my opportunity to shoot some hundreds of photographs of our mountains to bore show you.

So, please join me for delicious simple no bake almond oat bars I’ve made to take with us, in the recipe update on Thursday. There’s only 4 ingredients involved in making those! And, I’ll see too, if I can dig up a couple of previous climbing endeavours of Ben Nevis to share, before our actual photos of this weekend, next week! 🙂

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Comments

  1. I’m reading Outlander (I’m on book 7 I think), so the idea of visiting the Scottish Highlands sounds very exciting and romantic :-). And that salad looks very delicious! I love the combinations that you have put together.
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      You would love the Scottish Highlands Debbie, and whilst a completely different terrain and weather from California there would be plenty of running for you guys to do too. I’d be very happy to join you there!

      Thanks for the comments about the salad. It’s definitely one I’d be enjoying over there in the sun! 🙂


  2. Quinoa!!! I walked past a big barrel of quinoa at Whole Foods on Sunday and wanted to dive into it! This looks delicious. I neglect quinoa too often — I used to eat it so much at home. Quinoa cakes are the bomb. I hope you and Lynne have an awesome DRY weekend (and by dry, I mean rain-free not wine-free)! 🙂
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Lynne and I were just speaking on Saturday that it’s been a while since we paid a visit to Whole Foods. I love that place Erin, so much so that I’m tempted to splash the cash on everything there. My credit card took a hit there last time. Lol

      Ha ha, yes whilst we can’t guarantee that there will be no rain this weekend. We CAN guarantee it certainly won’t be DRY in the wine department! 😀

      Quinoa cakes eh? MUST TRY THEM! Away to search on google…. 😉

  3. this looks fantastic !
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  4. To call this powerful, energizing, and versatile is like saying you are going for a bit of a jaunt. Quinoa has literally saved us (and now the freekeh) and Alex in particular during his overnights at the hospital. the versatility is just unbelievable, and I love the freshness of this recipe!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Susie, the massive bowl I made of the salad you can see in the pictures was one of several bowls I made over the course of a couple of weeks.

      We just couldn’t get enough of it! 🙂

      Plus, as you say, having something like this, which is so versatile, where you can add anything to it and carry it to lunch too, was very welcome on particularly busy days at work!


  5. I could totally try and make this with cauliflower!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      That, GiGi, sounds like a brilliant idea!

      If you do get a chance to make this, let me know how you get on with the cauliflower? 🙂

      I really must get round to actually bringing out some of my cauliflower recipes here!

  6. neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

    They are kind of “hidden away” in the picture aren’t they Liz?

    I guarantee though, they are a lovely surprise when you’re taking a bite from this salad, and being lucky enough to find one. 😉

  7. I simply love all the flavors and textures in this Neil! Quinoa with nuts and raisins is one of my favorite combinations – you took it up a notch with the kale and tomatoes! Awesome recipe! Cannot wait to see pictures of your weekend camping and climbing Ben Nevis! Hope y’all stay safe and the rain holds off – and thanks (in advance) for that no-bake bar coming up!!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Shashi, I really loved the flavours here with the nuts and raisins, kale and tomatoes together! I’ll definitely be seeking out new flavours for these quinoa salads. Quinoa just tastes so good in a salad don’t you think?

      I think I might have said we were climbing Ben Lomond in one of my comments on your blog. Doh! I mean Ben Nevis. But yeah thanks again we are so looking forward to our 4 days away and climbing Ben Nevis too! 🙂

      Just about to start that write up for the No-Bake bar, catch you later. 😉

  8. you guys have the best adventures! so fun! enjoy . hope the weather hold off. and um –> BEAUTIFUL RECIPE !
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thank you Lindsay. So looking forward to getting away. Glad you like the recipe too! 😀

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