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Kale Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate

This kale pomegranate salad is so easy to make, packed with flavor and nourishing ingredients! It's the perfect winter salad recipe with hearty greens, quinoa, walnuts, crispy chickpeas, and pomegranate seeds.

When I was walking through the store the other day and saw a pomegranate, I knew exactly what I was going to make! I wanted to make a salad that was high in protein (so it was actually filling), wouldn't take long to make, and would look pretty enough to serve at a party!

So what I actually did was revamp an old recipe on the blog, giving it new flavors and new photos.

We ended up with a kale quinoa salad combo that works super well. It uses fluffy white quinoa, combined with finely chopped kale, sweet pomegranate seeds, walnuts and finished with a creamy tahini dressing. It's tangy, it's sweet, it's easy to make and it tastes damn GOOD!

Why You'll Love This Kale Pomegranate Salad Recipe

There's so much to love about this salad! For starters, it's a cinch to make. You just have to make your dressing, chop your kale and walnuts, and toss everything together.

In addition to ease, it's also:

  • Vegan & gluten-free
  • Easily nut-free by using pumpkin/sunflower seeds instead of walnuts
  • Packed with protein (13g/serving!)
  • Packed with fiber (10g/serving)
  • Great for meal prep (keeps for up to 5 days)
  • Perfect as a side dish or protein flexible meal!

I mean really, is there anything more gorgeous than a salad with pomegranate on top!? I know you're going to adore this recipe and I can't wait to see your recreations!

Kale pomegranate salad ingredients combined in a large bowl.

Kale Pomegranate Salad Ingredients

For our salad, we're only using a few ingredients in our base. I picked these ingredients for a few reasons: taste, texture, and nutrition. We've got lots of protein and fiber in here to make sure this salad actually sticks with you AND it's got the perfect balance of sweet/savory, with just the right amount of crunch.

In addition to our tahini dressing, here's what we're using to make our salad:

  • Cooked quinoa: I like to use white quinoa for my salads because it's nice and fluffy. If you don't have white quinoa or have another variety, that will totally work as well. Red, rainbow, black or white can all be swapped out interchangeably.
  • Chopped kale: I like how kale holds up in salads like this, but you could also use another green if you so prefer! I think spinach, arugula, and even romaine would work well here.
  • Crispy chickpeas: for this salad, I went with store-bought crispy chickpeas, but they're also a cinch to make at home. Try this recipe for crispy chickpeas if you've got the time!
  • Pomegranate seeds: most of the time you can actually find pre-seeded pomegranates and that's what I did here (#lazybones!), but it's definitely cheaper to just buy a pomegranate. Either way, it's adding color, sweetness, and pop to this kale quinoa salad!
  • Chopped walnuts: last but not least our little dose of heatlhy fats! I love using walnuts because of their earthy flavor and kind of meaty texture, but you can totally swap these out for another nut or seed.

And with that tangy, slightly spicy dressing, it's just perfect!

Overhead view of kale pomegranate salad tossed together in a large bowl with a wooden spoon.

Homemade Tahini Dressing

When I was initially planning this recipe, it was a toss-up on the dressings. I didn't know if I should go with one that was oil-based or one that was creamy-based.

Surprise, surprise, I went creamy!

I've been a longtime fan of tahini dressings and this one is go-to. I feel like I've probably talked about it before on the blog, but why not recap it again since we're here, right? So here it goes…

The ingredients for my go-to tahini dressing are:

  • Tahini (I like toasted)
  • White wine vinegar (although red wine & apple cider also work well)
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic (fresh or dried)
  • Pepper flakes

And then just a bit of salt and pepper to round things out. Easy peasy! If this doesn't strike your fancy, I actually have a whole post dedicated to tahini dressings. Check out this post for how to make tahini dressing: 4 different ways!

Overhead view of two bowls of kale pomegranate salad next to a smaller bowl of pomegranate seeds.

How to Make a Kale Pomegranate Salad

Quinoa salads are super simple to make, especially if you have some cooked quinoa on hand. I typically call for cooked quinoa in my salad recipes because it's better to use cold quinoa. If the quinoa is warm and it gets mixed with other ingredients, it tends to get a little mushy and clumpy.

So…if you have some cooked quinoa on hand, awesome! And if you don't just make some and then let it cool before using it.

Now, let's see how to make this salad!

  • Make the dressing. I like to start by making the dressing. You just whisk everything together and let it sit while you make the rest of the salad.
  • Prep the ingredients. Assemble your salad ingredients! Make sure to finely chop up your kale, chop up your walnuts and measure everything else out. Once you've got that, add them into a mixing bowl.
  • Combine and toss. Next, just pour that dressing right over your salad ingredients and toss it all together!
  • Serve. Time to enjoy! Whether you're eating this as its own meal, serving it as a side or topping it with your favorite protein, it's absolutely scrumptious!
Overhead view of two bowls of kale pomegranate salad next to a smaller bowl of pomegranate seeds.

More Kale Salad Recipes

Kale Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate

5 from 3 votes
This kale pomegranate salad is easy to make and packed with flavor! It's the best winter salad recipe with hearty greens, quinoa, walnuts, chickpeas, and pomegranate seeds.
author: Alyssa
yield: 4 servings
Two bowls of kale pomegranate salad next to a smaller bowl of pomegranate seeds.
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes

Ingredients
  

for the salad:

for the dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 garlic clove , grated (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • Pinch of pepper flakes
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Add all the salad ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss thoroughly to combine.
  • Allow the salad to sit for 10 – 15 minutes and then serve. Keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 691mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 3347IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 4mg
cuisine: American
course: Salad

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