Crunchy Kale and Cranberry Quinoa Salad {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

Crunchy Kale and Cranberry Quinoa Salad {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

A crunchy and refreshing quinoa salad with a whole medley of different flavors including kale, walnuts, chickpeas, cranberries and apples. Gluten-free and Vegan.

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I haven’t made a new quinoa dish in a while. I’ve really been slacking in the creative department with quinoa. I have made it a few times here and there but always choosing my go to recipes.

Not branching out to far.

Time for a change though.

I’ve got a solid three bags of tuscan kale to go through just sitting and waiting for me in the fridge so there’s no better time to get creative. I already made myself a kale vegetable juice and a kale salad. Kale chips will have to wait, because currently I am obsessed with my new favorite quinoa dish – crunchy kale and cranberry quinoa salad.

This salad is a powerhouse and I mean power house of vitamins and nutrients. We’ve got dried cranberries, celery, toasted walnuts, chickpeas, fresh kale, tart apples and a tangy zesty lemon mustard dressing.

Yes yes yes!

I was searching for a kale based quinoa recipes and after discarding at least a dozen that didn’t make the cut, I came across this recipe on the Produce and Parade blog. Now I don’t usually do the mixing of the fruit in with the savory main dish entrees but something about this recipe hooked me in right then and there.

I do have some good memories with the Waldorf salad though. In high school my friend and I used to leave school early when we had our study hall last period (don’t worry this was in accordance with high school rules) and drive over to California Pizza Kitchen where we would have lunch – usually splitting a pizza and their chicken waldorf salad.

It must have been that dose of nostalgia that instantly had me chopping up kale and toasting the walnuts for this recipe.

And now it really is one of my favorite quinoa recipes. It’s got all the textures you would want in a dish – crunchy, creamy, crispy, hearty smooth. It’s got it all. I love the fresh crunch from the kale and the celery, with the soft chickpeas, and tartness of the apples and cranberries.

Yes please!

Oh and it’s both vegan and gluten-free.

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Crunchy Kale and Cranberry Quinoa Salad {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

A crunchy and refreshing quinoa salad with a whole medley of different flavors including kale, walnuts, chickpeas, cranberries and apples. Gluten-free and Vegan.

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise (or regular mayonnaise if you are not vegan, or omit)
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch of kale, de-stemmed and chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 granny smith apple, chopped
  • 1 15 oz. can of chickpeas,rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a pot heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat and add the quinoa. Toast for a few minutes until just starting to brown and add the water. Add salt to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered until cooked through (15-20 minutes). Fluff with a fork once cooked.
  2. In a pan dry toast the walnuts over medium-low heat until toasted (making sure not to burn them)
  3. In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, mustard, lemon juice , lemon zest, and mayonnaise (if using). Mix until smooth.
  4. In a large bowl combine cooked quinoa, kale, celery, chickpeas, cranberries and walnuts. Mix.
  5. Top with dressing when ready to serve.
Recipe Type: Dinner

Notes

Recipe Adapted from Produce on Parade

http://avocadopesto.com/2014/10/02/crunchy-kale-cranberry-quinoa-salad-gluten-free-vegan/

 

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Comments

    • Vicky says

      Thanks so much! I love quinoa and kale as well! With all the health benefits I need to start incorporating more kale into my diet!

  1. says

    I like the flavor combos and my daughter has just decided to become a vegetarian about two weeks ago so I am still looking for lots of good recipes. This one sounds delish!

    • Vicky says

      Thanks! I hope you daughter enjoys the recipe! It’s full of crispy fresh crunchy flavors that even the biggest carnivore would enjoy : ))

  2. says

    Discovered a great kale salad when I came to America at Christmas and this looks quite similar so will definitely be trying it (minus the nuts!)

    • Vicky says

      Thanks so much! Yes I’m sure Greek yogurt would work great to or omitting the mayo would be good too – just a less creamy dressing : )

  3. says

    I would just love this salad, a great combination. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous day!
    Hope to see you soon,
    Miz Helen

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