quinoa salad

All hail the kale! I have been on a kale binge for a while now, it’s my favorite leafy vegetable because it’s loaded with vitamins and all kinds of goodies and easy to turn into a salad with some olive oil and easy peezy lemon squeezy lol. I came up with this kale and quinoa salad recipe a couple of years ago when I was trying to stay away from carbs and processed foods to loose some weight. Hope you all like it!

What You’ll Need to Make this Kale and Quinoa Salad:

For the Dressing

  • 1 cup fine extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 3 large garlic cloves minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste

For the Salad

  • 6 cups packed raw kale leaves
  • 4 medium sized Persian cucumbers
  • 1 cup red or white quinoa
  • 2 avocados
  • 1.5 cup of cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds

Step 1: Make the Dressing

  • In a small bowl combine the extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and minced garlic and whisk to combine.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and whisk once more to combine.

Step 2: Make the Salad

  • Chop the kale leaves to desired size (I like to chop them to one inch pieces)
  • Chop the cucumbers into cubes
  • Chop the avocados into cubes (make sure you don’t chop them too small since avocados tend to get mushy)
  • In a large bowl, combine the above chopped ingredients and the tomatoes and almonds and mix.

Step 3: Toss the Salad and Enjoy!

  • Add as much dressing as you’d like (I add plenty because kale is a rough leaf and the quinoa also soaks up the dressing) and toss to taste.