Pan-seared salmon fillets and tahini-dressed chickpea kale salad come together in a colorful, nutrient-packed bowl with quinoa at its base.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins
5 mins
45 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Stir together quinoa and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until tender, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered; let sit for 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside.

  • Stir together yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic in a large bowl for the salad. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Season with salt. Set aside.

  • Pull stems off the kale. Tear the leaves and place in the bowl with the dressing. Shave carrots into long ribbons and add to the bowl. Massage dressing into the salad until fully coated, about 1 minute. Add chickpeas and cherries to kale; toss to coat.

  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook salmon, skin-side-down, until crisp, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook until desired degree of doneness is reached, 3 to 4 minutes more for medium rare. Remove to a plate.

  • Divide quinoa between 4 bowls. Add the kale salad and top with salmon. Top with a drizzle of olive oil, crack in some black pepper, and serve immediately.

Cook's Note:

You can easily substitute Greek yogurt with some avocado for a dairy-free option.

Nutrition Facts

755 calories; protein 45.4g; carbohydrates 88.5g; fat 25.4g; cholesterol 56.1mg; sodium 808.5mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
This is definitely a keeper for us. My husband and I are not big on quinoa or chickpeas, but this looked like a good healthy dinner, so we gave it a try. We both loved it! The dressing is delicious and makes this dish. I halved this recipe for the two of us, but wished I had made the full serving of dressing to enjoy more of its goodness. I substituted baby spinach for the kale out of personal preference. I had an abundance of craisins, so used those instead of the cherries. I think this dish would be even better with the cherries, though. The portions are generous. I think you would have enough quinoa and salad for 5-6 servings. Read More