Healthy Kale & Quinoa

The other day I tested out a new lunch spot in Haddonfield, NJ – Apron. I enjoyed their healthy kale & quinoa seasonal specialty salad and was inspired to recreate it at home!


I decided to make a single serving for myself just to see how everything worked out. I started out with some gloriously fresh kale. I only used about one leaf – washed it and then cut it up into tiny bites


Next up I prepared the quinoa


I love this stuff – but cooking it always intimidates me a bit!


Luckily, this time I had success! I used less than 1/2 the water to quinoa ratio for about 10-12 minutes and it came out perfectly. I just had to keep and eye on it and stir it a lot!


While the quinoa cooked I toasted some almonds.


As everything was prepared I combined everything into a bowl and drizzled a bit of Garlic Gold vinaigrette on top.  Love this stuff!


Along with a few spoonfuls of feta and a handful of craisins – this salad is now ready to go!


Seriously, isn’t she a beauty?


It’s just amazing how something so simple could turn into something so tasty!


I had a few glorious bites of this salad and then put it back in the refrigerator to chill. It was even better, which I didn’t think was possible!

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This salad is one of the best things I have made in a while!


I already know it’s going to be a summer favorite in my world!

Do  you have a favorite summer salad?


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  • Reply betty arcos June 21, 2011 at 7:49 am

    hi leslie checked out your website while i read about avalon,nj did you find any good places to eat out there? I tried quinoa while in peru, loved it! will have to try making it your way.

  • Reply Patty O July 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    The salad looks wonderful, but I’m afraid of Kale. What does it taste like?

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