Crispy Kale and Quinoa Salad

Is it health food or comfort food? It’s both! Crispy Kale and Quinoa Salad, loaded with cozy flavors, textural appeal and nutrients. 

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I had a conversation a few days ago with another mom about packing school lunches. We were both slightly put off that our children would rather eat school cafeteria lunches than our home-packed lunches.

“It’s the comfort food and the freedom.” I told the other mom.


My kids would rather eat the school lunches with mashed potatoes, hot sandwiches, chips, and pasta than the healthy stuff we buy to pack. Plus, they love the fact that they have choices at lunch time. Who doesn’t?

I’ve got to give our school a little credit, they do a pretty good job of providing relatively healthy lunches that taste good. Yet even so, any parent wants to believe they can do better.

Simple Crispy Kale and Quinoa Salad #healthy #glutenfree #vegan #quinoa #kale

It helps to make healthy dishes taste like comfort food.

Is that even possible?

Our Crispy Kale and Quinoa Salad is packed with vitamins and nutrients, yet offers a homey quality that is hard to resist.

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I’m not really sure why this Crispy Kale and Quinoa Salad is so addictive.

I think it’s the balance of soft fluffy quinoa tossed with super crunchy kale shards… or the nutty essence from the quinoa mixed with garlic.

But honestly, we cannot get enough of it! Each bite is light and crunchy with a deep satisfying flavor.

In fact, this is going to be the “green” on my Thanksgiving table this year.

Need more thanksgiving ideas?

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Oven “Fried” Turkey

Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes with Oat Crumble

Pumpkin Spice Latte Yeast Rolls

Bacon Wrapped Veggie Bundles

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5 comments on “Crispy Kale and Quinoa Salad

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted November 26, 2014 at 5:19 am Reply

    Loving how easy this is! Yum!

  2. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted November 26, 2014 at 8:31 am Reply

    I feel this salad needs to be consumed tonight before the meat sweats start tomorrow! Love it:)

    Rating: 5
  3. Gabyposted November 26, 2014 at 1:48 pm Reply

    This looks so good, I love the crispy kale!

  4. Amandaposted November 26, 2014 at 9:12 pm Reply

    This salad is pretty close to perfect!!!

    Rating: 5
  5. Phoebe @ Feed Me Phoebeposted November 28, 2014 at 9:40 pm Reply

    I love the use of crispy kale! This is such a nice light lunch after all of the holiday feasts!

    Rating: 5