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Farm Stand Kale and Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is an excellent way to add protein to a salad. Not only is it a great vegetarian option, it adds a fun texture.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword kale and quinoa salad, kale and quinoa salad recipe, lemon garlic salad dressing
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 296 kcal
Author Janet Barton



  • 1 cup cooked quinoa 1/2 cup uncooked
  • 1/3 cup pumpkins seeds toasted
  • 1 teaspoon butter for toasting seeds
  • 1 bunch Kale I'm using a mixture of flat and curly leaf, chopped
  • 1 large or 2 small peppers
  • 1 cucumber peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Lemon Garlic Salad Dressing:

  • 1/4  cup  fresh lemon juice
  • tablespoons  Dijon mustard
  • tablespoon  minced shallot
  • small garlic clove finely grated
  • 1/4  teaspoon  kosher salt plus more for seasoning
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2  cup  extra-virgin olive oil


  1. To cook quinoa, add 1 cup water to 1/2 cup quinoa and a pinch of salt.  Bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over low heat for about 15-20 minutes or until quinoa is tender.  Cool completely.
  2. To toast pumpkin seeds, place seeds with 1 teaspoon butter and a pinch of salt into a skillet. Cook over medium heat until the seeds begin to pop and are lightly golden.  Remove to a plate set aside to cool.

To assemble:

  1. Toss all ingredients in a large bowl.  Drizzle with dressing.  This salad will hold up completely dressed and refrigerated for a few hours. 

For the salad dressing:

  1. Combine lemon juice, Dijon mustard, shallot, garlic, 1/2 tsp. salt, and a pinch of pepper in a small bowl.  Stir to blend.  Slowly whisk remaining olive oil in cup into lemon-juice mixture. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.
Nutrition Facts
Farm Stand Kale and Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 286mg12%
Potassium 318mg9%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1265IU25%
Vitamin C 38.8mg47%
Calcium 133mg13%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.