Kale & Quinoa Salad with Lemon Dressing


This kale-quinoa salad pops with different flavors and textures. Massaging the kale helps break down its fibrous nature, while add-ins like toasted almonds, feta and cucumber add crunch and saltiness.

Kale & Quinoa Salad with Lemon Dressing
Photo: Photography / Antonis Achilleos, Styling / Christine Keely, Ali Ramee
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 bunch lacinato kale, stemmed and chopped

  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallot

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa

  • 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced

  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, sliced

  • 1 (15 ounce) can unsalted chickpeas, rinsed

  • ¾ cup feta cheese, crumbled

  • ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted


  1. Place kale in a large serving bowl. Whisk together oil, lemon juice, shallot, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of the dressing over the kale; lightly massage until slightly wilted, 1 to 2 minutes.

  2. Top the kale with tomatoes, quinoa, cucumber, peppers, chickpeas, feta and almonds. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and toss before serving.

To make ahead

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

400 Calories
23g Fat
37g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 3/4 cups
Calories 400
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 14g 28%
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Vitamin A 3984IU 80%
Sodium 406mg 18%
Potassium 594mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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