Zesty Apple Kale Quinoa Salad

Zesty Apple Kale Quinoa Salad

Need a quick, healthy, and energizing lunch? This kale quinoa salad is here to come to the rescue!

Need a quick, healthy, and energizing lunch? This kale quinoa salad is here to come to the rescue! Kale and quinoa superfoods pack an invigorating punch, sustained by a zesty lemon and apple cider vinaigrette and a good dose of crunch with almonds and hazelnuts. You can make this salad a day ahead, the flavors develop and deepen with a little extra time in the fridge.

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Ingredients list for the kale quinoa salad

  • 4 to 5 cups of kale, chopped very small
  • 1 green apple, sliced
  • ½ cup quinoa, dry
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup Cheddar cheese, diced
  • 3 1/2 ounce (100g) cooked ham, diced
  • Crushed hazelnuts
  • Crushed almonds
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For the vinaigrette

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Directions

1. Combine 1 cup water with dry quinoa in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Cover and simmer on low for about 15 minutes until the quinoa is tender. Drain excess water and set aside.

2. In a large bowl toss together the kale, cooked quinoa, red onion, hazelnuts, almonds, cheddar and ham.

3. Whisk together all the ingredients for the vinaigrette in a small bowl or a mason jar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Pour the vinaigrette over the kale salad and toss to coat evenly. Arrange the apple slices around a serving dish and transfer the salad in the center for serving.

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