Simple Kale Quinoa Salad

I seriously crave kale.  Not sure if that is a ‘dietitian thing’ but it really is one of my favorite salad ingredients.

Isn’t this kale gorgeous?kale

Today…I have a kale recipe for you….but first let me fill you in on why I made this recipe…

Last Friday, my daughter Chelsea had her wisdom teeth out….all 4 impacted teeth. Ouch! 🙁

So…as any good Mom would do  {I like to think I am a good Mom 🙂 }….I drove her back home to her apartment in Manhattan.  I was busy with my little girl.  Icing, warm compressing, whipping up lots of soft foods for her tender mouth.

She had a rough time. 🙁 I thought I would be back in Boston time for clients on Thursday….but it was not in the cards. Chelsea and her mouth were not ready for me to leave. So I stayed an extra night.

On the bright side, I enjoyed spending lots  one on one time with my daughter–laughing,  hugging and encouraging…watching lots and lots of TV together {something I NEVER do!}

But…I also enjoyed a little taste of NYC–gotta indulge in all the yummy food when you’re in the Big Apple.

My fav from this trip…a quinoa and kale salad with Dijon dressing…from the restaurant The Smith  So…I created my own version for you to try.

This recipe is really simple and quick to whip up….especially if you use Trader Joe’s frozen microwavable quinoa.  I added a few sliced almonds and chopped dried cranberries (limited to fit the low FODMAP diet). Check it out….

kale quinoa salad

Simple Kale Quinoa Salad


  • 1 bag frozen microwavable quinoa from Trader Joe's (or sub in 2 cups cooked quinoa)
  • 1 bunch kale, washed and cut in thin pieces
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • Dressing:
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 heaping teaspoon Dijon mustard (I use Maille)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Microwave or cook up quinoa, set aside.
  2. Add chopped kale, almonds and cranberries in bowl.
  3. Whisk dressing and drizzle over kale.
  4. Fold in warm (not hot) quinoa.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, to taste
  6. Enjoy warm or cold.

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