Cozy Kale Quinoa Salad with apples, walnuts and cinnamon dressing. Superfood fall in a bowl tasty any day.
Author:Olena of ifoodreal.com
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes
Yield:6 servings 1x
2/3 cup dry or 2 cups cooked quinoa
3 large handfuls kale, stalks removed & finely chopped (I used pre-washed baby kale)
3 medium apples, cored & diced (use sweet variety)
5 celery stalks, diced
1 cup walnut halves or pieces
1/4 cup olive oil, extra virgin
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
1/2 lemon, juice of
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
Cook quinoa as per package instructions or… Stovetop: I personally like to cook quinoa with a ratio of 1 cup dry quinoa to 1.5 cups water. Unlike most packages that state 1:2 ratio. Bring to a boil, cook on low for 12 minutes, let stand for 5 minutes and fluff. This way quinoa comes out less mushy. Instant Pot: I’m obsessed with Instant Pot quinoa. It takes 30 seconds of prep and I walk away. Quinoa comes out fluffy and each grain separate after 9 minutes.
In the meanwhile, in a small skillet toast walnuts on low-medium heat until lightly brown, about 3-4 minutes. Stir frequently and watch closely not to burn. Transfer to a large salad bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together Cinnamon Dressing ingredients.
Toa bowl with walnuts, add cooked quinoa, kale, apples and celery. Pour salad dressing over salad and stir gently.