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Kale and quinoa salad with tomatoes in a bowl, wood salad tongs next to bowl and lemon above bowl

Easy Kale and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Dressing

  • Author: Gitta
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: American


This kale and quinoa salad with a lemon dressing is a light meal on its own, or pair it with grilled chicken or pork for a heartier meal.


  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 5 leaves Lacinato kale (3 cups shredded)
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (juice from 1 lemon)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. Cook the quinoa.  Bring 1 cup water to boil in a small to medium saucepan over medium heat.   Add quinoa, cover pan, and reduce heat to low.  Simmer 8-10 minutes or until all the water has absorbed.   Let rest 5 minutes. Transfer to salad bowl to cool.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the kale, tomatoes, and lemon dressing.
  3. Rinse kale under cold running water.  Place kale in a salad spinner or dry with paper towels.  Remove the stems from the kale.  Stack the leaves and slice them into 1/4 inch strips.
  4. Rinse tomatoes and cut them in half or fourths, depending on their size.
  5. Make the lemon dressing by combining lemon juice, olive oil, and salt.  Whisk together until the dressing is emulsified.
  6. Once the quinoa is cool, add the kale,  tomatoes, and feta cheese.  Toss.  Pour the lemon dressing on the salad and toss until combined.
  7. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until serving. 


  1.     Salad can be eaten at room temperature.  

*Nutrition Disclaimer


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 169
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 238.5 mg
  • Fat: 12.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.9 g
  • Protein: 3.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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