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Tropical Kale & Quinoa Power Salad

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

A healthy, nutrient-packed salad, this Tropical Kale & Quinoa Power Salad is a perfect lunch or side dish recipe. Comes together in 10 minutes and stores well for leftovers!

With all the sweetness that's been happening in the last few posts, I was craving something green. So I decided to whip up a simple kale salad and add in some of my favorite detoxifying ingredients.

What makes a salad a “power salad”? Partly I think that's up for interpretation, but for me, a salad turns into a power salad when you look at the ingredients. Sometimes we get caught up in thinking that because a meal is called a “salad” that must automatically mean it's healthy. Unfortunately, that's not always the case.

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But in this case? Totally healthy.

Tropical Kale & Quinoa Power Salad with all the power-packed goodies!

Tropical Kale & Quinoa Power Salad with all the power-packed goodies!

The base, of course, is kale, which we then layer on with quinoa, fresh mango, blueberries, avocado and cashews. You've got everything you need: crunchy, sweet, tart and creamy. And you're also layering this baby up with all sorts of fabulous ingredients.

I don't normally run through the nutritional properties of ingredients, but today, since we are talking about a quinoa power salad and all, I feel like it will be helpful. So here it goes!

Tropical Kale & Quinoa Power Salad -- full of protein, antioxidants and detoxifying ingredients!

I purposely tried to blend a mixture of ingredients that all had different properties. Basically, my thought was by adding all these things together we could create one jam-packed, super-charged POWER salad!

Kale: kale is high in anti-cancer chemicals and antioxidants, both of which help cleanse the body of harmful toxins. Kale is also packed with tons of other vitamins and minerals that help promote detoxification.

Quinoa: by now you know all about quinoa, but to recap it's high in protein, fiber and is a complex carbohydrate meaning it digests more slowly and keeps you fuller for longer. Quinoa is also high in trace minerals like magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc and even iron.

Mango: in addition to being sweet and juicy, mangos are also filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They also help to alkalize the body, are great for our skin (can help unclog pores), and boost our immune system. And did I mention they taste amazing?!

Blueberries: blueberries are very high in antioxidants and have antiviral properties to help prevent infections. Blueberries also help decrease inflammation in the body, and are full of fiber and vitamin-C, while also being low in calories.

Cashews: cashews are one of my personal favorite nuts, not only for their versatility and flavor, but also for their nutritional properties. Cashews are particularly high in vitamin K which helps with blood health, vitamin E which provides antioxidant protection and vitamin B6 which supports healthy skin, hair and nails.

Avocado: the superstar nutrient in avocados is glutathione; a nutrient that blocks different carcinogens while helping the liver detoxify synthetic chemicals. Avocados are also high in cancer-fighting antioxidants.

Tropical Kale & Quinoa Power Salad -- full of protein, antioxidants and detoxifying ingredients!

And then we have the dressing!

I'm not going to dive too deep into all the ingredients in the dressing, but each one packs and equally powerful punch as the salad ingredients.

I went with a version of my lemon Turmeric dressing from this Wild Rice Quinoa Salad, but added some ground ginger to kick up the flavor intensity. I also find that ginger and mango go really well together!

An easy Lemon Turmeric Dressing with honey and ginger!

Inside this dressing we've got: olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon, honey, ginger and turmeric. It's by far one of my favorite salad dressings and I think it goes well with pretty much everything!

And putting it together couldn't be easier. You just whisk until emulsified and done!

This is certainly one of the simplest salads you can make. And it gets even better as it sits. The kale starts to soften and the flavors get all melded together, so it's great for meal prep. I'd definitely recommend making a big batch and keep it for lunch for the next few days!

A healthy, nutrient-packed salad, this Tropical Kale & Quinoa Power Salad is a perfect lunch or side dish recipe. Comes together in 10 minutes and stores well for leftovers!

Tropical Kale & Quinoa Power Salad -- full of protein, antioxidants and detoxifying ingredients!
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Tropical Kale & Quinoa Power Salad

A healthy, nutrient-packed salad, this Tropical Kale & Quinoa Power Salad is a perfect lunch or side dish recipe. Comes together in 10 minutes and stores well for leftovers!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword avocado, blueberry, kale, kale salad, tropical
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 306 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch curly kale
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup chopped mango
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 avocado

For the dressing

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon each of ginger & turmeric
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Remove the stems from the kale, then finely chop the leaves and add them to a large bowl. Top the kale with remaining salad ingredients and set aside.
  2. For the dressing, whisk together all the ingredients until emulsified and smooth. Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine. For best flavor, allow the salad to sit for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.
Nutrition Facts
Tropical Kale & Quinoa Power Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 85mg 4%
Potassium 412mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 6g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 33.7%
Vitamin C 35.7%
Calcium 3.8%
Iron 12.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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A healthy, nutrient-packed salad, this Tropical Kale & Quinoa Power Salad is a perfect lunch or side dish recipe. Comes together in 10 minutes and stores well for leftovers!
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  1. My co-worker shared this recipe with me and O.M.G. #lifechanging. What an amazing, easy, delicious, refreshing and healthy salad. I had some leftover chickpeas in the fridge so tossed those in too. Also, the dressing – amazing!

    Great recipe and I decided to make alot, so I can’t wait to have it for lunch at work tomorrow!!

    Thanks so much and I can’t wait to look through the rest of your recipes!!

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