Easy Kale And Quinoa Salad

This picture does not do this Salad any justice! The combination of kale, quinoa, apples, and almonds is to die for! I made this salad as a side one night for our Hummus Crusted Chicken. Kory kept raving about how “gourmet” it was, so naturally I kept the simplicity to myself and took in the compliments!

Here is what you will need to make the salad:

  • 1 Apple
  • 1/2 Cup of Dried Cranberries 
  • 1 Bunch of Kale, chopped 
  • 1 Cup of Tri-Color Quinoa, cooked
  • 1/2 Cup of Walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 Ounces of Goat Cheese
  • 2 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Agave 
  • 1/4 Cup of Lemon Juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1/2 Cup of Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar 
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Step 1: Cook the quinoa according to the package instructions and let cool completely. (I made the dressing while the quinoa was cooking). 

Step 2: Prepare the dressing. In a bowl or jar, (I used a coffee mug) whisk together the Dijon mustard, agave, lemon juice, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper. Add the chopped Kale to a salad bowl and pour 3/4 of the dressing onto the Kale. Stir thoroughly and then place in the refrigerator to chill. This softens the Kale And let’s the dressing marinate. 


Step 4: After the quinoa is cooked and chilled, it is time to assemble the salad. Remove the Kale from the refrigerator and add the quinoa, dried cranberries, chopped apples, and chopped walnuts. 


Step 5: Pour the remaining dressing over the salad and toss. Top with the goat cheese and it is ready to serve! 

This makes a great weeknight salad, pot luck dish, or healthy lunch option!

Cheers!

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