It’s that time of year. Holiday parties, cookie exchanges, neighbor gifts. Endless opportunities to get off track with your healthy eating goals. It’s okay; take a deep breath.
Life would be boring without the occasional indulgence and life is far too short to never eat the foods that we know may not be great for us but we love anyway. Just balance out those times when you get off track with healthy lunches like this.This vegan warm quinoa salad is loaded with a great amount of immunity-boosting greens. I’ve been making an effort to get more greens than usual into my diet, and this salad was a tasty way to eat a whole bunch at lunch time.
My afternoons are much easier when Luke eats the same lunch as me. I was so happy that he loved this salad and was eating it as fast as I did.
Warm Quinoa Salad With Apple and Kale
Warm Quinoa Salad with Apples and Kale. This healthy salad recipe is great for lunch or a dinner side dish. It has great flavor and is easy to make!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: Makes 2-3 large main-course servings 1x
- Category: main meal
- Cuisine: American
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
- 2 cups vegetable stock or water (I prefer the stock for more flavor)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 large apple, peeled and medium diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3–5 cups deveined and chopped kale
- salt + pepper
- 1 tablespoon lemon or orange juice
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
First, make the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard, and maple syrup. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, bring the quinoa and stock or water to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the water is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the apple and cook until softened, about 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook an additional minute. Add the kale, lemon juice, and water and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir, then put the lid on the skillet and cook until the kale is wilted and tender, 5 minutes or so. Turn off the heat.
When the quinoa is finished, stir it in the skillet with the apple and kale. Pour the dressing over the top and stir to coat. This salad is best served warm. Enjoy!
- Serving Size: 1 serving of 2
- Calories: 468
- Sugar: 21.5g
- Sodium: 256mg
- Fat: 23g
- Carbohydrates: 60g
- Protein: 8.5g
Keywords: warm salad