Warm Kale and Quinoa Salad

Recipe and Photo By The Live-In Kitchen


  • 1 bunch of kale, ribs removed, chopped
  • Coarse kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups of cooked quinoa
  • 2 cup cooked quinoa⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • 3 carrots, julienned⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned⠀
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup pepitas
  • 4 radish, julienned⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped⠀
  • 1 avocado, sliced (optional)

Lemon Tahini Dressing :

  •  cup olive oil⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  •  cup lemon juice⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • 2 tablespoons tahini⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlicpressed⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse kosher salt⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes⠀


Make the dressing

  • In a small bowl or jar, whisk together dressing ingredients until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Make the salad

  1. Sprinkle kale with salt and drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Using your hands, massage until dark.⠀
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the kale, quinoa, carrot, red bell pepper, and sunflower seeds. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes until the kale is slightly wilted. Remove from the heat and add the pepitas, radishes, and cilantro. Stir to combine.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  3. Toss salad with half the dressing and serve drizzled with additional dressing, sliced avocado, a sprinkling of freshly cracked black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes if desired.

The Live-In Kitchen: Warm Kale and Quinoa Salad

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