Crunchy Puffed Quinoa & Kale Salad Recipe with Raspberry Poppyseed Kale Salad Dressing
Prep Time:25 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes
Yield:8 servings 1x
Fall Harvest Kale Salad Ingredients
4 cups kale, ribs removed and chopped small 1 Tbsp olive oil sprinkle of salt
¼ cup puffed quinoa (procedure below) 1 large granny smith apple, chopped 1 red apple, chopped ½ cup chopped celery ½ cup canned mandarins ½ cupSunsweet® Amaz!n™ Diced Prunes ⅓ cup pecans, toasted & chopped ¼ cup crumbled feta or goat cheese
Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing
½ cup fresh raspberries (or frozen and thawed) ⅓ cup olive oil 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar 2 tsp coconut sugar ¼ tsp onion powder ½ tsp Dijon mustard pinch of salt, to taste
2 tsp poppy seeds
How to make Kale Salad with puffed quinoa:
Prepare and chop kale as needed and add to a large bowl. Drizzle kale with olive oil, add a sprinkle of salt, and massage oil into kale leaves with hands. (This helps to make the kale less bitter and more palatable!)
Add remaining salad ingredients, tossing to coat. (See procedure below for how to puff quinoa.)
Add dressing at time of serving.
How to puff quinoa at home:
Heat a deep pot or saucepan over medium-high heat.
To test the pan, add a sprinkle of quinoa—if it’s hot enough, it should pop in a few seconds. (Popped quinoa will be different in texture but not in size.)
Once pan is hot enough, add a drizzle of oil and about ¼ cup quinoa, or enough to cover the bottom of the pan in a single layer. (Don’t crowd the pan, it’s best to puff your quinoa in batches if needed.)
When quinoa begins popping, shake the pan continuously until the popping slows. Don’t let it burn!
Once quinoa has popped, transfer to a sheet pan to cool.
How to make Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing:
Blend all dressing ingredients together until smooth. Stir in poppy seeds.
Drizzle dressing on salad when ready to serve, or transfer to a bottle and store in the fridge.
Nutrition for Raspberry Poppyseed Kale Salad Dressing
Per 2 Tbsp dressing, yields 8 servings (~1 cup total) 93 calories | 10g fat | 2g carbs | 1g fiber | 1g sugars | 0g protein
Nutrition for Kale Quinoa Salad (without dressing) provided below: