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Protein-Packed Quinoa & Kale Salad Bowl with Maple Dijon dressing in a white bowl.
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5 from 4 votes

Protein-Packed Quinoa & Kale Salad

Healthy Protein-Packed Quinoa & Kale Salad is loaded with antioxidants, fiber, and heart healthy fats. A budget-friendly, easy vegan dinner.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Vegan
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 750kcal


  • cup pepitas
  • cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder


  • cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced or grated into dressing
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 1 ½ cups cooked quinoa
  • cups pomegranate seeds or chopped apple, or blueberries
  • 15 ounces chickpeas canned, drained and rinsed
  • cup chopped parsley
  • 1 medium avocado


  • Toast nuts & seeds: Transfer pepitas and almonds to a medium rimmed non-stick baking sheet. Toss with tamari, cumin, paprika, and chili powder. Bake at 350ºF for about 5 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Set aside.
  • Make dressing: Add the olive oil, garlic, Dijon, lemon juice, vinegar, and maple syrup to a medium jar. Cover and shake well until fully incorporated.
  • Assemble salad: Transfer the kale to a large bowl. Add about one third of the dressing. Massage the kale with the dressing until just wilted. Add the quinoa, pomegranate, chickpeas, parsley, pepitas, almonds, and avocado. Toss with the remaining dressing for serving.



  • This recipe is very versatile. Substitute the nuts, seeds, chickpeas, and quinoa with different nuts/seeds, beans, or grain of choice. The pomegranate is optional.
  • Substitute the canned chickpeas for 1 ½ cups cooked.


Calories: 750kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 36g | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 1075mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 5604IU | Vitamin C: 80mg | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 6mg