Kale Salad with Quinoa & Cranberries

This delicious, hearty salad makes a satisfying meal in itself.

Adapted from Skinnytaste.com

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale, center ribs removed, leaves shredded
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Dressing:
  • 1 small clove garlic, mashed, grated, or finely minced
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash of red pepper flakes

This salad is also great with Almost Nonfat Creamy Honey Mustard Dressing

Directions

  1. Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing or place in a jar and shake well.
  2. Shred the kale as finely as possible. Place in a salad bowl and gently massage the kale with your hands until it starts to break down.
  3. Add the quinoa, almonds, cranberries, parmesan, and dressing, and toss well to combine.
  4. Allow to sit 5 minutes and toss again.

Quinoa Salad with Feta, Grapes & Walnuts

This nutritious salad is a meal in itself. I love all the different textures and flavors. This salad is great in a packed lunch and holds up really well in the fridge. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked red quinoa (or 3 cups cooked)
  • 1 cup red or green grapes, halved
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped (or use slivered almonds)
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins, chopped up
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (if not using feta, increase salt)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon shallot or 1/4 cup green onions, finely sliced (If salad will be stored for leftovers I omit the onions/shallots. They get stronger tasting as they sit and overpower the salad).

Directions

  1. Rinse quinoa and then bring to a boil with 1 3/4 cups water. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.
  2. Allow the quinoa to cool completely.
  3. Put all the ingredients for the dressing in a jar and shake well.
  4. Add all the ingredients, except feta, into a salad bowl. Add dressing and toss well.
  5. Sprinkle the crumbled feta on top and gently toss.