Kale and quinoa salad

Photo by Simon Lambert.
Photo by Simon Lambert.

The combination of two super healthy ingredients with a punchy dressing is the perfect winter pick-me-up.


Kale and quinoa salad
Serves 4


200g quinoa
500g kale, stalks removed, finely sliced
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed
50g shaved parmesan cheese (optional)
½ red onion, finely diced
¼ cup dried cranberries (optional)



Begin by cooking the quinoa. Add 3 cups water to a suitably sized pot, add a teaspoon of salt and bring to the boil. Add the quinoa and cook until just tender (10-20 minutes). Drain and cool spread evenly on a tray (this helps it dry out).

Meanwhile, mix the balsamic and oil together, and season lightly with salt and pepper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the quinoa, kale, onion, cheese and cranberries and toss to combine.

Pour over the dressing, season lightly and toss well to combine.

Serve and enjoy the benefits of this tasty, nutritious salad.


• Alison Lambert is one of the demonstrators at the Otago Farmers Market in Dunedin on Saturday mornings.  tasteofmylife.com 


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