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Asian Kale Quinoa Salad

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

This healthy Asian Kale Quinoa Salad is mixed with radicchio, carrots and cashews, all tossed in a sesame-miso dressing. Naturally gluten-free & vegan too!

Asian Kale Quinoa Salad with Miso Dressing

It’s all about kale salads up in this house apartment these days.

What started as an experiment has quickly become an everyday kind of thing. As in, yes, we’re having kale salad for dinner again tonight – sorry, Matt.

It is kind of his fault though…

How to make an Asian Kale Salad

After the Christmas holidays, Matt came home from Colorado raving about kale salad. He said he ate kale salad every day while he was out there and had the best recipe he’d ever tasted. Best. recipe. ever? We had to try.

He made it for me that night and I was surprised at how effortless (and delicious) the recipe actually was.

Since then, we’ve been going through three pounds of kale a week. And we’re having these salads at every single meal. Call us crazy, but at least this type of obsession is actually good for us, right?

Simple Kale Salad with Asian Dressing

But here’s the thing about me and Matt: when we get on a recipe kick, we go wild. As in, it’s not uncommon to find us eating the similar type of meal at least three times a week.

We tend to go through phases where we’ll pick something up, be obsessed for a few weeks, and then drop it and forget about it for months. We’ve done it with turkey burgers, stir frys, soups (that was all me) and even salmon.

But our kale salad obsession seems to have really stuck with us. We’re going on 6 weeks now and I’m not seeing an end in sight.

Asian Kale Quinoa Salad with Radicchio

Now it would seem like these kicks would get boring after a while – you know, eating the same recipe every day? – but we’re kinda good about changing things up. While we are eating a kale salad, we toss different things in to keep the excitement alive.

And yes, my go-to add-in is always quinoa. How'd ya know?

Our usual combo is just kale with a dressing made of olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, a dash of tamari and some crushed garlic, but this time, we went in a whole new direction. The tangy sesame, carrot and almond direction. As in the best Asian kale quinoa salad of my life!

Yeahhhh…my mouth is thanking our craziness.

Quinoa Kale Salad with Asian-inspired Dressing

Oh and in case you didn't already know this about me, I'm a sucker for adding eggs on top of my salads. I just love that it not only gives the whole thing a little protein boost and makes it more filling – I'm all about making dinner salads – but the runny, drippy, totally delicious yolks get mixed in with the greens and quinoa and all the ingredients collide into one major flavor explosion that just…CRAZYY!

We're talking a whole lot of crazy in this post today, but it's all good. It just means we're going to have lots more tasty kale creations in our future. Kale for the win! (right?)

Asian Kale Salad with Quinoa and Sesame-Miso Dressing

Quinoa Kale Salad with Asian-inspired Dressing
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Asian Kale Quinoa Salad

A delicious Asian kale salad packed full of flavor, tossed with quinoa, carrots and a sesame dressing!

Course Salad
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Asian salad, kale salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 421 kcal

Ingredients

for the salad:

  • 4 cups chopped kale stems removed
  • 1 cup sliced radicchio
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1/4 cup chopped cashews

for the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (about 1 whole lime)
  • 1 teaspoon miso paste (or tamari)
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple syrup optional
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Add the kale to a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over kale and massage with your hands until the kale begins to soften, about 30 seconds.

  3. Add remaining ingredients and toss to combine. Serve immediately.
  4. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Asian Kale Quinoa Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 421 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Sodium 249mg 10%
Potassium 1001mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 369.6%
Vitamin C 201.8%
Calcium 22.5%
Iron 21.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Looks great! Would this also make a great meal prep salad? Just store salad dressing separately until ready to eat? Let me know – Thanks! Emma

  2. This looks fantastic. I love the addition of the egg, too. I, like you, am a sucker for an egg atop any dish. I’ll have to add this to my “kale files” as another way to try and get MY husband to actually eat it! Thanks!

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