Curry Kale Quinoa Salad

Curry Kale Quinoa Salad is a vibrant meal bursting with exciting flavors. The kale in this salad is massaged with Creamy Curry Dressing that gets its curry flavor from turmeric and cumin.  The marinated onions and sundried tomatoes add a tangy element that is offset by sweet raisins and carrots. The celery, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds add a satisfying crunch and the optional goat’s cheese adds a luxurious creaminess.  Curry Kale Quinoa Salad is extremely filling and is a great dish to bring to a party.

Curry Kale Quinoa Salad by @JesseLWellness

To learn about all the kale’s amazing cancer fighting super powers check out my Crispy Chickpea Kale Salad post! If you want to know why protein packed quinoa is so amazing check out my Breakfast Quinoa post.

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Turmeric

Turmeric is a bright orange root that has peppery, warm and bitter flavors. It is best known for its extraordinary anti-inflammatory properties and has been used in Chinese and Indian medicine for centuries. The bright yellow/orange pigment of turmeric called curcumin has been shown to be comparable to potent drugs such as hydrocortisone and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. It is effective in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s, Colitis), rheumatoid arthritis and cystic fibrosis due to its antioxidant concentrations and anti-inflammatory properties. It also plays an important role in cancer prevention and studies have determined that it inhibits cancer cell growth. Finally, research has shown that turmeric can boost liver detox and protect against cardiovascular disease.

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Curry Kale Quinoa Salad

(gluten free, nut free, vegetarian)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Inactive prep time: 15 minutes

Serving size: 6 mains

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 bunch of kale, washed, dried, chopped with stems removed
  • 3 carrots, grated
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 1 cup goat feta cheese, crumbled or cubed *optional
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds

Creamy Curry Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp white pepper, or to taste

Directions:

  1. Place quinoa in a pot and add 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, then set aside to cool.
  2. Place the red onions in the balsamic vinegar and toss to coat. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. Discard any remaining liquid.
  3. Mix all dressing ingredients together and whisk or process in a food processor until mixed.
  4. Place the kale in a large bowl and massage with the dressing. Top with the cooled quinoa, carrots, celery, raisins, sundried tomatoes, goat feta, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds and enjoy.
 Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite curry blend is and how you like to use it!

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Curry Kale Quinoa Salad (gluten free, nut free, vegetarian)
 
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Curry Kale Quinoa Salad is a vibrant meal bursting with exciting flavors. The kale in this salad is massaged with Creamy Curry Dressing that gets its curry flavor from turmeric and cumin. The marinated onions and sundried tomatoes add a tangy element that is offset by sweet raisins and carrots. The celery, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds add a satisfying crunch and the optional goat’s cheese adds a luxurious creaminess. Curry Kale Quinoa Salad is extremely filling and is a great dish to bring to a party.
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Nut Free
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 bunch of kale, washed, dried, chopped with stems removed
  • 3 carrots, grated
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup sundried tomatoes
  • 1 cup goat feta cheese, crumbled or cubed *optional
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp white pepper, or to taste
Directions
  1. Place quinoa in a pot and add 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, then set aside to cool.
  2. Place the red onions in the balsamic vinegar and toss to coat. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. Discard any remaining liquid.
  3. Mix ¼ cup olive oil, ¼ cup water, 1 Tbsp sesame oil, 2 Tbsp tahini, 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar, 3 tsp nutritional yeast, 2 tsp turmeric, 2 tsp cumin and ½ tsp white pepper together and whisk or process in a food processor until mixed.
  4. Place the kale in a large bowl and massage with the dressing. Top with the cooled quinoa, carrots, celery, raisins, sundried tomatoes, goat feta, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds and enjoy.

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6 Responses to “Curry Kale Quinoa Salad”

  1. Brigitte May 15, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    This sounds great – will try it out

  2. mandi May 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    Just made this today.. soooo good!!!!

  3. TSD May 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    Nice splash of color to what appears to be a wholesome meal.

  4. Kristen May 15, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    This salad was delicious! I didn’t have all the ingredients so I omitted the feta, sun-dried tomatoes, and subbed craisins for the raisins and it was still outstanding! I also added some slivered almonds and chopped roasted beets. Love it–thank you!

  5. Monika May 15, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    Jesse, this recipe sound really delicious! It’s definitely going to be one of my lunch favourites!!!

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