Lemon & Kale Quinoa Salad

by Lauren


Well, it’s safe to say I ate enough food tonight to feed a band of ravenous gorillas. The Taste of Little Italy gets me every time.

I sit here in sheer bliss after all the delectable food, but also sheer misery, as my stomach fights back because of all the food I pushed into it.


It’s actually very hard to look at pictures of more food right now due to my mass consumption this evening.

Not one thing I ate tonight was healthy either. Not one.

It was all loaded with deliciously fresh mozzarella, Parmesan or ricotta, tomato sauce or cream sauce, pasta or bread…you get the picture.


This salad on the other hand, is almost too healthy for ones own sanity. Almost…

It’s a good thing it’s really incredibly delicious. So delicious that I’ve had it for three meals now and still crave more.

I suppose it’s fairly normal to crave something healthy like this after eating out for lunch/dinner for 4 days straight last week.

Yes, four days.  The fried oyster tacos at Oyster Fest on Saturday really put me over the edge though.

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This salad was the ultimate detox and boy, oh boy, did it work. I felt better instantly with just one bite of my friend, sautéed kale.

The garbanzo beans gave a little substance and texture, and the lemon adds a zing that is very necessary for the completion of this meal.


Lemon & Kale Quinoa Salad


1 cup quinoa, cooked

1/2 14-oz can garbanzo beans

1 lemon, juiced

1 small bunch of kale, torn, stems removed

1 tomato, diced

1/4 cup basil, chiffonade

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon garlic salt (or garlic powder)

1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper


In a large skillet, sauté kale in olive oil on medium low heat for about 10 minutes, until wilted. Turn off heat.

Stir in tomato, garbanzo beans, basil, garlic salt and pepper. Add quinoa and lemon juice then toss to combine.



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14 Responses to “Lemon & Kale Quinoa Salad”

  1. Perfect salad, I have been eating a lot of quinoa lately!

  2. I could eat this salad every day!

  3. Lauren

    I did for three meals! Tasty and healthy :) Thanks for stopping by Maria!

  4. Lauren

    You should give this one a shot if you like kale! I thought that I didn’t like it until I squeezed lemon juice on top, YUM.

  5. Did you eat this salad warm or cold? I made it today we ate it immediately. It was so refreshing! I imagine it would be great cold once it has sat overnight!

  6. Haha I LOVE how fresh, healthy food can make you feel so much better after a gross-greasy-food-binge. And by gross I mean delicious.

  7. Lauren

    We ate it warm but cold would be just as good! Great idea :)

  8. It is so simple to add things to quinoa and end up with a nourishing and pleasing meal. It can be prepared in minutes. What you add to your salad will depend on what you have in your garden or fridge to put in.

  9. Thanks for the easy recipe! Was at the store last night and thought of this, finally going to try to make it. My friend Michele Y. showed me this =)

  10. This came out wonderfully. Such a good recipe and will be easy to add different things in for a change of flavor.

  11. How many servings?

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