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top down view of two plates filled with this Kale and Quinoa Power Salad recipe and topped with maple tahini dressing.

Kale and Quinoa Power Salad

You know salad is good for you...now let's make one that fills you up and tastes good too! This salad recipe is full of good-for-you ingredients like kale, quinoa, tomatoes, nuts, and seeds, and is topped with crumbled goat cheese and a homemade maple tahini dressing.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Mains
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 328 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 small head curly kale washed, de-stemmed, and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 C dry quinoa I use tri-colored
  • 1/3 C pistachios shelled and rough chopped
  • 1/3 C pepitas I prefer roasted and salted
  • 6 oz cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1.5-2 oz goat cheese crumbled
  • Maple tahini dressing
  • Optional topping idea: pan-seared baked, or grilled salmon fillets ( 4oz fillets for each salad)

Instructions
 

  • Prepare quinoa per package directions
  • While quinoa is cooking, sauté kale with olive oil, salt and pepper in a large skillet over medium heat. Cover the pan in between tossing/stirring to help the kale steam. Cook until bright green and tender, ~5-8 minutes*
  • If making the maple tahini dressing fresh, shake all dressing ingredients in a jar to combine while the quinoa and kale cool
  • In a large bowl, toss quinoa, kale, pistachios, pepitas, and tomatoes to combine. Add in goat cheese & toss lightly. Top with cooked salmon fillet if choosing to add to your salad
  • Dress, serve, and enjoy!

Notes

*In step 2, option to use a kitchen shears to cut the kale into even smaller pieces after cooking if desired to create smaller, enjoyable, bite-sized pieces.
*Cook time noted on this recipe does not include the time to cook salmon if you have selected this optional topping.
*Nutrition Facts do not include dressing as amount added may vary widely. Nutrition calculations also do not include optional additions of salmon or other proteins.

Nutrition

Calories: 328kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 14gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 73mgPotassium: 658mgFiber: 7gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 5387IUVitamin C: 57mgCalcium: 180mgIron: 4mg
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