Salad · vegan · vegetable

Kale & Quinoa Salad

Salad is often overlooked at the Thanksgiving table.

Who wants a leafy green salad when they can load up on all the carbs?

Stuffing, mashed potatoes and turkey rule the Thanksgiving table, there’s no doubt about that. But most Thanksgivings I try to serve a salad as a starter to get everyone’s palette ready.

A salad also makes you feel a *little* bit healthy while stuffing your mouth with pie.

This salad is very fall-centric and a great one to serve for the big day. It’s got all the things you need in a good salad: grains, fruit, and greens. I loosely followed a recipe I found on Pinterest and added my own twist to it as well.

The only quinoa I had at the time was some lemon-pepper flavored quinoa I got at Costco, but you can use whatever cooked quinoa you have. The dressing is also an “eyeball it” type of dressing. If you think it needs more, add more. If you think it tastes bland, add more seasoning.

Some people might give you weird looks if you bring this to a Thanksgiving lunch, but they’ll be pleasantly surprised once they give it a try.


Kale & Quinoa Salad

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A simple kale salad with quinoa, apples, and feta.


  • 4 cups kale, cleaned and shredded
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples, diced
  • 1/2 cup feta, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Directions

    1. In a large bowl, toss quinoa with kale, apples, feta and pecans. Drizzle lemon juice on top along with olive oil.
    2. Season with salt and pepper and toss until everything is well coated, adding more lemon juice or oil as needed. Serve.

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