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Kale Quinoa Salad

Kale Quinoa Salad

The Kale Quinoa Salad recipe I'm about to share with you is one of the easiest, healthiest things you will find on this entire website. I'm all about nutrition and practicality and this salad sums it up pretty well. 

Lately, I've been all over the place. I like coming up with vegan versions of different flavourful dishes. This sends me to the store multiple times a week and I spend long hours in the kitchen. 

kale quinoa salad ingredients

Some days I dread cooking for myself. Don't get me wrong, I love cooking but when I run out of inspiration the idea of making more food seems like too big of a chore. I just want to eat something good and healthy without too much of a hassle. 

We need easy recipes to get us out of that gutter. And that's where this kale quinoa salad comes in handy. It is made with all fresh ingredients that are pretty easy to get and you can put it together in less than 20 minutes. I think that's a pretty acceptable amount of time in the kitchen. 

beet and carrot in a skillet

Our kale quinoa salad is made with bean sprouts, beetroot, carrot, and cherry tomatoes. Some ingredients are slightly fried and some go in there raw. We want to make it more interesting than having all raw ingredients so we are having a mix of both.

We are throwing half a cup of quinoa in there. This will bump up the nutrients our kale quinoa salad and will keep you energised for hours. I love adding quinoa to salads, it is nutrient-rich, gluten-free and a great source of plant-based protein. And it keeps my belly full for a lot longer than if I only had a bowl of veggies.

The seasoning is the easiest thing ever. Honestly, since we have a bunch of different ingredients we don't really need to add much flavour. We are simply mixing black pepper with lime, sea salt and sesame seeds. Then just toss the kale quinoa salad with this mix and adjust the taste to your preference. 

kale in a skillet

To top it off we are adding vegan coconut bacon, which is super crispy and delicious. I make my own coconut bacon and I usually make a good amount so I can just keep it in a jar in my pantry. That way, when I need to use it is already there. It saves me a bit of time and it adds flavour and texture to my dishes. 

You don't have to comprise your health because you are short on time. Sometimes life can get a bit hectic and it can be hard to find nourishing food to keep your body properly fuelled. 

This simple kale quinoa salad is loaded with nutrients and won't send you on a cooking mission. Keep this recipe handy for those crazy days and give yourself a little break. Also try out our Kale Salad with Cranberries for more amazing experiences with kale.

kale quinoa salad close up

Prep time
10 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 2
Allergens: Quinoa, Tomatoes


For the quinoa

  • ½ cup quinoa (washed)
  • 1 cup water

For the salad

  • 1 cup bean sprouts (washed)
  • 1 beet (skin removed and chopped into small cubes)
  • 1 medium carrot (washed and chopped into small cubes)
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 oz kale (washed and stems removed)

For the seasoning

  • ¼ tsp black pepper (ground)
  • ¼ lime (juiced)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

For the vegan bacon

  • ½ tsp dark soy sauce
  • ½ tsp dried smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup large coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce


  1. Cook the quinoa until the water is all absorbed (around 15-20 minutes).
  2. Heat up the olive oil in a skillet and roast the carrot and beet cubes for about 5-10 minutes, depending on size until slightly soft.
  3. Add the kale to the skillet and stir fry the kale for 1-5 minutes (depending on your taste) and set aside.
  4. Use a small bowl to mix the dressing ingredients.
  5. Mix the salad ingredients in a big bowl, sprinkle with the seasoning and serve the salad on a plate or in a bowl, enjoy!

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