Kale & Red Quinoa Salad with Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette

by Tracey

Kale & Red Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette and avocado

This Kale & Red Quinoa Salad with a Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette is super delicious and super flavorful! It’s easily one of my favorite salad recipes because it’s healthy, refreshing, and flavorful!

This salad is also great for when you are on-the-go too, which is huge for me because I travel often and need something quick and healthy to make that will stay fresh.

Kale with Lemon Vinaigrette

Kale & Red Quinoa Salad with a Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • Red quinoa – Is rich in protein, fiber and higher in antioxidants than other quinoa varieties. I love the texture and flavor of red quinoa on this salad more than regular quinoa too.
  • Kale – I love using curly kale in this recipe because it is crispy in texture and has a hint of earthiness.  To get rid of the bitterness, massage the leaves with some lemon juice first. This will make the kale wilt and remove some of the bitterness.
  • Fennel Bulb  – Has a mild licorice flavor and crunchy texture.  I love it in this salad because it adds a pop of flavor.
  • Cherry tomatoes – Adds some sweetness to the salad.
  • Hemp hearts – Add for additional plant protein.
  • Avocado – Add for healthy fat.
  • Lemon Vinaigrette Ingredients: dill, lemon juice, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, shallot, salt, and pepper

Kale & Red Quinoa Salad

This Kale & Red Quinoa Salad with a Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette is super delicious, healthy, refreshing, and flavorful! We hope you all love it too! ♥

Kale & Red Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette and avocado

Need more healthy and flavorful salad recipe ideas? Be sure to check out some of our other favorites: Everyday Colorful Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette, Winter Salad with Tahini Dressing, or our Roasted Beet & Carrot Salad with Avocado Dressing.

If you make this recipe, please share feedback and leave a rating (below). This helps our readers and us. – Thanks! xx Jake & Tracey 

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Kale & Red Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Kale & Red Quinoa Salad with Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette


  • Author: Tracey Gene
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan
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Description

This Kale & Red Quinoa Salad with a Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette is super delicious, healthy, refreshing, and flavorful!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup cooked red quinoa
  • 2 bunches kale (stems removed), coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup fennel, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
  • 2 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tbsp dill, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 12 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil 
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp shallot (minced)

Instructions

  1. Cook red quinoa according to the package and set aside to cool (about 15 minutes)
  2. While quinoa is cooking, make the vinaigrette by whisking the following ingredients: lemon juice, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, minced shallot, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Clean kale, remove hard stems and rip the leaves into pieces, and place into a bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette and massage the kale to wilt the leaves.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients: chopped fennel, cherry tomatoes, cooled red quinoa to the bowl and toss together. 
  5. Top with avocado, hemp hearts, and chopped dill and serve immediately.
  • Category: Salad, Lunch
  • Cuisine: New American-Inspired

Keywords: salad, fennel, summer salad, lemon vinaigrette, red quinoa, on the go recipes, quick and easy salad, healthy salad

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