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.
Folks, this quinoa kale almond salad is a sensational recipe to tantalise your taste buds!
It's all about the sweetness bursting forth from the juicy golden raisins!
But not just that.
This is ONE BIG BOWL of NUTRITION and SWEET DELICIOUSNESS all rolled into one!
You get a complete taste sensation in this recipe plus two top super foods, kale and quinoa combined making this kale and quinoa salad an exceptionally healthy recipe.
This quinoa salad worked so well using the versatile low fat home-made Pennsylvania Dutch sweet and sour salad dressing we had stored in the fridge.
We made that dressing previously from this turkey bacon and tomato salad recipe. So it had to be posted!
You will need to make that dressing for this kale and quinoa salad. But you will have lots of that dressing to use in other salad recipes too.
That dressing, when massaged into the kale helps to tendarise the kale and turns it from raw kale into something really delicious.
The recipe for this unique kale 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.
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Quinoa Kale Almond Salad Recipe
This is a pretty versatile side salad too. You'll find this kale and quinoa salad goes really well with grilled chicken recipes like honey mustard chicken skewers. Yum!
You can store this kale salad in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days so it makes an excellent packed lunch.
I’d love to hear what you think of my recipe in the comments below and please do rate my recipe 5* if you like it! 🙂
Quinoa Kale Almond Salad Recipe
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- 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
- Rinse and drain the kale.
- Cook the quinoa in 600ml vegetable stock, then allow it to drain and cool.
- Lightly toast the almonds in a small saucepan.
- Combine the kale, cooked quinoa, toasted almonds, golden raisins, pepper and cucumber in a large mixing bowl.
- 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.
- The salad is ready to eat once combined well, but I prefer to refrigerate it overnight to allow the dressing to marinate through.
Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs
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.
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! 🙂
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)! 🙂
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.... 😉
this looks fantastic !
Thank you Jennifer. 😀
It's one huge tasty bowl of goodness for sure!
Susie @ Suzlyfe
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!
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!
I could totally try and make this with cauliflower!
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!
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. 😉
Shashi at RunninSrilankan
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!!
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. 😉
you guys have the best adventures! so fun! enjoy . hope the weather hold off. and um --> BEAUTIFUL RECIPE !
Thank you Lindsay. So looking forward to getting away. Glad you like the recipe too! 😀