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Rating: 4.74 stars
257 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 212
  • 4 star values: 34
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 3

Delicious and nutritious! This salad is sure to please the crowd! And with so many options to mix and match to your tastes, you can't go wrong. You can play with the kale-to-quinoa ratio to make this your own. Use alternative nuts and dried fruit to customize to your own taste buds.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
35 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Stir quinoa into the boiling water, reduce heat to medium-low, place cover on the saucepan, and cook until water absorbs into the quinoa, about 12 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and let rest covered for 5 minutes. Remove cover and allow quinoa to cool completely.

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  • Put kale in a large mixing bowl.

  • Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, garlic, pepper, and salt together in a bowl until oil emulsifies into the mixture; drizzle over kale. Add cooled quinoa, pecans, currants, and feta cheese to the dressed kale and toss to incorporate.

Nutrition Facts

439 calories; protein 10.7g; carbohydrates 43.9g; fat 27g; cholesterol 16.7mg; sodium 397.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2013
Nice recipe. A nutritional powerhouse! but...Why would you not massage the kale? Massaged kale salads are everywhere. After cutting into ribbons, add 1tsp. sea salt. Massage for 2 min. It will become silky, shiny and very pliable. It's delicious! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/27/2012
It is healthy but blah taste added white balsamic vinegar to it. Read More
(4)
257 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 212
  • 4 star values: 34
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2013
Nice recipe. A nutritional powerhouse! but...Why would you not massage the kale? Massaged kale salads are everywhere. After cutting into ribbons, add 1tsp. sea salt. Massage for 2 min. It will become silky, shiny and very pliable. It's delicious! Read More
(191)
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2012
I bought the huge Costco bag of baby kale and was looking for something to do with it. Just tried this recipe and it is super easy and delicious. I added the quinoa while it was a little warm and wilted the kale just slightly, really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2012
I needed a quick Sunday lunch, and this was perfect! I've never enjoyed kale in a salad because it can be so crunchy, but the quinoa and dressing really helped soften the kale perfectly! I didn't have pecans or currants, so I chopped up some of the orange bell pepper I had left and tossed in some unsalted peanuts. It was still wonderful!! Definitely want to try this more often! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2012
This was a great salad! Made it for a group of 16, and they all asked for the recipe and gobbled it up. I did take one reviewers advice and put the quinoa with the kale while it was hot to help wilt the kale a bit, which I liked. The kale isn't so chewy that way. I also used raisins instead of currants, but followed the recipe other than that. Fabulous! Will make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2013
This was so wonderful and quick! I used bagged organic kale from Trader Joes (one bag was a perfect amount). I made the dressing and then massaged it into the kale for a minute and then added the quinoa while it was warm which further softened the kale. Once cool, the cheese, raisins and nuts went in. I make a different kale salad all the time, but this has just become my favorite. With the addition of quinoa, it is a nutrition powerhouse! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2013
This was a great salad the next day. I cooked the quinoa in chicken stock, left out the mustard and used raisins instead of currants and pine nuts instead of the pecans. Poured the hot quinoa over the kale to wilt some. Same day it was good but not great. That evening I took the leftovers and added about 3 T. red wine vinegar and 1 T. seasoned rice vinegar and tossed good to coat. Had it just now for lunch the day after and it was really, really good. Will definately make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2013
Love it! Followed the recipe to the letter. A healthy tasty way to make kale, and a nice refreshing "different" salad to take to an event. From the reviews, I would also echo the need to shred the kale really tiny or its too chewy. I also rubbed the dressing in with my hands after I warmed it up a little to help wilt the kale. If I were to make it for myself and not for a group, I would significantly reduce the quinoa (just adds extra carbs I don't need and it makes it more of a quinoa base not a kale base. I prefer to get my protein from a meat source, not a grain), add more garlic, and skip the currants/raisins as its my preference. However, since I hate it when people rate the recipe and then list all the ways they changed it...I still give it a 5 according to its original instructions! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2013
I really loved this recipe as I've been wanting to cook more with kale and quinoa for better health.:) I happened to have some frozen quinoa so I just microwaved that and added the kale to that to help it wilt. I had to make some substitutions with what I had on hand: I used parmesan reggiano walnuts and dried cranberries. This will be a go-to recipe for a super-quick filling tasty and healthy meal! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2013
This is so funny. I just made Quinoa for the first time and I made it almost identical to this one. I didn't think about the currants but I have some in my freezer so I will throw them in. I used pine nuts instead of pecans. Goat cheeses instead of feta. I love it! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/27/2012
It is healthy but blah taste added white balsamic vinegar to it. Read More
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