This kale quinoa salad is a healthy and hearty salad that stores well in the fridge, making it perfect for meal prep days. You’ll love the crunchy walnuts and sweet, chewy cranberries!

Kale salad in a large white bowl, topped with walnuts and dried cranberries.
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I’ll be here in my nice warm house eating salads and waiting for spring’s arrival. I know it’s been a whole week since I shared a kale salad…’tis the season right? Kale salads and pizza sliders. It’s all about balance. For me, I love for a salad to be a meal, and this one definitely is. Another thing that makes a salad sky-rocket to the top of my favorites list is its ability to stay fresh in the fridge for a few days. This one definitely fits the bill, in fact, as many kale salads do, this one gets better with time. To a reasonable extent of course. It’s not going to be good three weeks later, obviously.

About this Kale Salad

  • Great Texture: This salad packs tons of great crunch thanks to the kale and Brussels sprouts and it has nice chewy dried cranberries for textural variety.
  • Protein Packed: There are three things that make this kale quinoa salad satisfying and completely suitable for a meal: Quinoa, walnuts, and feta. All three are great sources of protein and nutrients and together they make this a power-packed salad.
  • Flavorful Dressing: I used my homemade creamy poppy seed dressing for dressing this kale quinoa salad but you could use a store-bought poppy seed dressing. I’ve also used a vidalia onion dressing on it and that was mighty tasty as well. It would also be great with this sweet and tangy honey mustard dressing.
  • Keeps Well: However you decide to dress this salad, it’s going to be a favorite! Because it stores well, it would make a great salad to bring to a picnic or potluck.
Kale and quinoa salad in a bowl.

Make it your own

  • Add more fruit: It would be mighty tasty with some chopped apples added. Add then right before serving so they don’t brown.
  • Omit Brussels sprouts: If you’re not a fan of Brussels, just add in a little extra kale.
  • Make it nut-free: Leave them off or substitute sunflower seeds. It would also be great with savory granola sprinkled on top.
Overhead view of a kale salad in a bowl with cranberries, walnuts, and feta cheese.

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Recipe

Kale Quinoa Salad with Walnuts, Cranberries, and Feta

4.67 from 3 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
This kale quinoa salad is a healthy and hearty salad that stores well in the fridge, making it perfect for meal prep days. You’ll love the crunchy walnuts and sweet, chewy cranberries!
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Ingredients 

  • 4 cups loosely packed shredded kale
  • 2 cups shredded brussels sprout leaves (about 1/2 pound of Brussels sprouts, shredded)
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup California Walnuts
  • 1/2 cup poppy seed dressing

Instructions 

  • 1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine and coat all ingredients with dressing.
  • 2. Add more dressing as needed.

Notes

  • As written, this salad is quite lightly dressed. Adjust to taste and preferences by adding more dressing.
  • This salad also tastes great with a store-bought vidalia onion or poppy seed dressing.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 6, Calories: 450kcal, Carbohydrates: 52g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 415mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 28g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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8 Comments

  1. Jessica Gavin says:

    Wow this salad looks so healthy and full of flavor! Thank you for sharing :)

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Thank you!

  2. Megan @ MegUnprocessed says:

    A lot of flavors in this salad!

  3. Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen says:

    I love everything about this salad, especially the addition of the quinoa. I’m always looking for new ways to use it. Looks fabulous!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Thanks! Check back Monday for another quinoa idea. :)

  4. marla says:

    LOVE this salad! Pinned!

  5. Liz says:

    What a fabulous salad! As the hubby steers clear of quinoa and kale, I’d be happy to have a stash in my fridge for my lunches.

  6. Denise says:

    looks tasty