Quinoa and Kale Salad with Cranberries and Gorgonzola

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Quinoa and Kale Salad with Cranberries

I had a really hard time naming this quinoa and kale salad with cranberries. I played around with several names: Bulgur Kale Salad or Bulgur + Roasted Sweet Potato Salad or Kale, Spinach + Cranberry salad. And how about the dressing – Sweet + Tangy Tahini? Sweet Garlic? Tangy Honey + Sesame? Seriously….it was a tough choice because there are just so many great ingredients in it. But like most loaded salads, this salad is amazing, bursting with flavor and is actually inspired by a similar salad I tried at Trader Joes. While the Trader Joes salad had roasted red peppers, wheat berries, butternut squash and goat cheese, this salad is created with quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, gorgonzola and almonds. I made a tasty sweet garlicky tahini dressing to alongside of it. And because it’s fairly low in fat and is so hearty, this quinoa and kale salad with cranberries can be eaten as a meal as a great vegetarian option or a meatless night.

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Quinoa and Kale Salad with Cranberries Quinoa and Kale Salad with Cranberries

QUINOA AND KALE SALAD WITH CRANBERRIES RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
1/2 c cooked quinoa
1/2 c cooked bulgur
3/4 c roasted sweet potatoes (cold), chopped
5 oz kale, chopped
5 oz baby spinach
1/3 c cranberries
1/3 c gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1/3 c roasted almonds

Dressing
1/4 c olive oil
1 T honey
1 tsp rice vinegar
2 tsp tahini*
1 tsp soy sauce
3 tsp lemon juice
1 small garlic clove, minced

DIRECTIONS
Mix kale and spinach together and arrange on a serving plate. Sprinkle roasted sweet potatoes, cheese, cranberries and almonds over kale/spinach. Place bulgur and quinoa on the edges of the serving plate.

In a small bowl, mix together dressing ingredients and whisk well. Serve salad with dressing.

*Tahini is a sesame paste that can be found in in the organic section or the international section of the grocery store.
Quinoa and Kale Salad with Cranberries

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8 Comments

  1. Alyssa Ponticello
    September 22, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    Love a good, hearty salad like this that can constitute as a meal! Looks so pretty and colorful!

  2. Luci's Morsels
    September 22, 2015 / 3:28 pm

    I love the salads from Trader Joe’s! And boy do I hear you on recipe naming. Most of it is determined by how much I can fit on one line! haha – such a silly way!

    • September 25, 2015 / 4:57 pm

      TJ’s salads are seriously the best.

  3. September 22, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    This looks so hearty and filling! This would be the perfect dish to combine so many flavors and textures. I feel like naming recipes would be so hard. I think you chose a good name 😉

    • September 25, 2015 / 4:57 pm

      Haha thanks! It’s always so difficult.

  4. September 24, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    This looks wonderful. I’ve been trying to find more substantial dinner salads (as in the salad is the main course) and I think this would be perfect.

    • September 25, 2015 / 4:57 pm

      This is definitely substantial. If you do end up trying it, you’ll have to let me know what you think.

  5. September 25, 2015 / 4:57 pm

    Me too! It’s so vibrant 🙂