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!

Stephanie Ford
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Salad
Dressing

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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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Nutrition Facts

342 calories; 20.3 g total fat; 2 mg cholesterol; 552 mg sodium. 35.4 g carbohydrates; 8.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2013
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
07/14/2013
I am not fond of kale. Replaced it with fresh baby spinach. Still 4 supper foods very good and something I am comfortable eating. Next time I am thinking of adding some shredded grilled chicken or pork and maybe some rice as I am fond of one dish meals. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2013
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2013
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2013
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!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2013
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2013
This was an amazing and very healthy salad. Loved it! I have been asked for the recipe many times so it has been a hit with my company also. I have made it many times and have just done a couple of changes. I substitute chicken broth instead of the water to cook the quinoa in. I add cherry tomatoes cut in half to the salad and I add a little more lemon and 1 clove of garlic finely chopped to the dressing. Thank you for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2013
Nice to see this healthy recipe here - so good. Really dislike seeing people rate a recipe even though they don't even like the main ingredient - and chose to make it even with that ingredient the lead in the title! Really a head scratcher. . . Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2012
This was deservedly a real hit at the potluck dinner. I followed the recipe exactly except that I put more avocado (the one I used was smallish so I used a whole one). People wished I had more dressing but all seemed to like it. I sure did! Specifically I was complimented on how the avocado and the feta cheese added key flavors. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2013
I tried this recipe and multiplied it times 5 for a group - I made a few changes and have just sent the recipe to everyone because they loved it! Instead of the red pepper, I used chopped grape tomatoes - I have a food sensitivity to peppers. Instead of serving the quinoa and veggies on top of the kale, I mixed the kale in with the quinoa and veggies (except the tomato and avocado) and 1/2 of the dressing and refrigerated overnight so all the flavors would meld. In the morning, I added the tomato and avocado and the remainder of the dressing - it was more like a cold pasta or potato salad type salad. It was amazing!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2013
This was so delicious! Thank you for sharing Stephanie! I made it last night for the first time. I couldn't use a whole bunch of kale (it wouldn't fit in the pot) but it was more than enough for the two of us. I also steamed the kale a big longer but before it was mushy. Also since I don't like feta cheese I substituted gorgonzola which was still tasty. Next time I'll use a whole avocado and add more of the bell pepper and cucumber. Can't wait to make this recipe again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2013
Beautiful and tasty. Great presentation. The flavors all so good together but if you are missing an ingredient - don't let it stop you from making it because it will still be delicious. I was able to put my steamer right over the quinoa while it was cooking - saved a step! I love it chilled as well. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/14/2013
I am not fond of kale. Replaced it with fresh baby spinach. Still 4 supper foods very good and something I am comfortable eating. Next time I am thinking of adding some shredded grilled chicken or pork and maybe some rice as I am fond of one dish meals. Read More
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