Kale Salad (with Apples & Quinoa)



1/2 cup dry quinoa

6 cups slightly packed chopped kale (remove thick ribs before chopping)

2 Sweet apples, cored and chopped (I use gala apples)

1 Cup Walnuts (you may toast them if desired)

1/2 cup Dried Cranberries

4 oz Goat Cheese, crumbled


1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoons Honey

1 1/2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard

Salt to taste 



  1. Cook quinoa and cool.
  2. Whisk dressing ingredients: while quinoa is cooling, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, honey, dijon and salt in a jar or bowl
  3. Pour 3/4 dressing over kale, massage kale, chill:  Add kale to salad bowl, whisk dressing once more then pour 3/4 of the dressing over kale and massage kale until evenly coated. Cover bowl and chill 15 minutes.
  4. Toss in remaining mix-ins and dressing:  add apples, quinoa, walnuts and cranberries. Pour remaining dressing over salad then toss. Add goat cheese and toss just lightly. 
  5. Serve or store covered in refrigerator. 

Note:  Dip apples in a lemon water solution to avoid browning.  (1 Tablespoon with 1 Cup water)

Recipe found on Pinterest. Cooking Classy.