Kale & Quinoa Salad with Cranberries

This autumnal kale-quinoa salad is a delicious mixture of texture and flavor. Celery and walnuts add crunch while dried cranberries and apple add a sweet-tart note. We use blue cheese in this salad, but feta, Parmesan, goat cheese or manchego would be just as tasty.

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


  • 1 bunch lacinato kale, stemmed and coarsely chopped

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallot

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa

  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, unpeeled, thinly sliced

  • cup dried sweetened cranberries

  • cup chopped walnuts, toasted

  • cup blue cheese, crumbled


  1. Place kale in a medium bowl. Whisk together oil, vinegar, shallot, salt and pepper in a small bowl until well combined. Spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of the dressing over the kale; massage gently until the leaves wilt slightly, 1 to 2 minutes.

  2. Add celery, quinoa, apple, cranberries, walnuts and cheese; drizzle with the remaining dressing and toss well to coat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

243 Calories
16g Fat
21g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 243
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Vitamin A 2875IU 58%
Sodium 307mg 13%
Potassium 313mg 7%

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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