Quinoa, Kale and Avocado Salad

A fantastic salad with the protein powerhouse of quinoa paired with healthy fats and a nutritional boost of kale!

Quinoa, Kale and Avocado Salad

Categories: Salads,

PRINT RECIPE Prep time: 5 min | Cook time: 15 min | Total time: 20 min
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • Pinch of kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Zest from 1 medium lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 1 large avocado, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/4 cup green onion
  • 1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds


Combine the quinoa, water and salt into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, and after the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to low and cover the pan.
Gently simmer, covered, for minutes (There may still be some water not yet absorbed). Remove from heat.
Keeping the pan covered, let stand for 5 minutes, or until the remaining water is absorbed.
Remove the lid and gently fluff the quinoa. Set aside to cool.
In a bowl, Wisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, apple vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper. set aside.
In a large bowl, toss together the cooked quinoa, red pepper, kale, avocado and pumpkin seeds. Toss with the dressing, and serve at room temperature or chilled.


Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot make on their own.

Avocado, pumpkin seeds and olive oil are great healthy fats – aiding in inflammation and cognitive function.

Kale is full of vitamins and minerals which combat inflammation and alkaline your body. It also contains fibre and water!


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