Kale, Quinoa, and Avocado Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

154 Reviews 17 Pics
  • Prep

    25 m
  • Cook

    15 m
  • Ready In

    40 m
Recipe by  Stephanie

“Steaming the kale removes some of the bitterness. The salad dressing ties all the flavors together. A quartet of super foods (kale, quinoa, avocado, and olive oil) make this a healthy meal!”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 1 large salad

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Directions

  1. Bring the quinoa and 1 1/3 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, and the water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Place kale in a steamer basket over 1 inch of boiling water in a saucepan. Cover saucepan with a lid and steam kale until hot, about 45 seconds; transfer to a large plate. Top kale with quinoa, avocado, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, and feta cheese.
  3. Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, sea salt, and black pepper together in a bowl until the oil emulsifies into the dressing; pour over the salad.

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Reviews (154)

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KW
103

KW

Huge hit even with the toddler. :). Although he eats anything. Steamed the kale in the microwave: rinse kale (don't dry) drop in a microwave safe bowl and cover with Saran wrap, lifting a corner to vent. 30 seconds or so. Lovely taste and healthy too.

LizzyMcGizzy
83

LizzyMcGizzy

This is amaaazzzinnggg!!! The flavor combination in this is brilliant! Avocado and feta and the occasional cool bite of cucumber or spicy red onion; the dijon and lemon is phenomenal! SOOO mouth-watering! Even my kids (four and 1.5 yrs) devoured this. I made a double batch, we were nibbling on it still warm from the quinoa. I DID keep the kale raw, to retain nutrients. I massaged and kneaded the torn up leaves with a bit of salt; and put some of them in a large plastic bag and let my kids fling it around. This is soo soo soooo delicious!!

ChefsDaughter143
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ChefsDaughter143

This was a great salad! Don't be scared of the kale. I made a half batch and sent it for lunch for my husband and myself. We both were pleasantly surprised by the great flavors in this dish. The dressing is a great complement to all of the ingredients. In the end, you barely even taste the kale, but you do reap all of the benefits of eating it!

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 342 cal
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 20.3 g
  • 31%
  • Carbs
  • 35.4 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 8.9 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 552 mg
  • 22%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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