This salad is packed so full of nutrition that you just can’t help but feel good about eating it. It will keeps well in the fridge for a couple days which is good because this makes a ton. If you like your food on the spicy side you’ll probably want to increase the amount of chili powder – the recipe is pretty mild as it’s written. You could easily turn this into a great lunch by having some chicken or a hard boiled egg on the side – or even throwing a fried egg right on top.
Kale, Quinoa and Black Bean Salad
Recipe type: Salad
- 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
- 2 fresh squeezed limes
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 4 TBSP olive oil
- 2 TBSP white wine vinegar
- ½ tsp salt and pepper to taste
- 2-3 handfuls of fresh kale or other greens
- 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained (about 1½ cups)
- 2 large chopped carrots
- 1-2 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
- 1 avocado, sliced or cubed (optional)
- Mix up the dressing by whisking the lime juice, chili powder, olive oil, white vinegar and salt and pepper together in a small bowl.
- Separate the leaves of the kale from the stems and cut them into tiny pieces. I ran mine through my food processor which worked really well.
- Chop the carrots (also great in the food processor) and the bell peppers (less awesome) into small pieces.
- Add all the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix well.
Adapted from http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2013/06/kale-and-quinoa-salad-with-black-beans.html
Wow, this looks like a great salad! Full of nutrients and yummy.
I like to make new salads each week (in addition to the ones that I know my kids already like). I am not much of a salad person, but I want to instill good eating habits in my kids. If they do not see me eating salads, how are they going to eat them?
Thank you, Dana, for sharing this great recipe!
I hope you have better luck than me Alina!. My son loves a lot of different vegetables but 42 salads later he is still a tough sell on salads.
Yummy. I made a double batch. Didn’t have the pepper, so threw in some leftover celery instead. HINT The quinoa at Trader Joe’s has easy microwave instructions. I prepped the veggies ahead of time. Time to make at dinner time was 10 minutes.