Kale Quinoa Salad + Notes

Kale Quinoa Salad

Simple salads are the lunches I crave most. When it’s packed with superfoods like kale and quinoa I’m even more on board. The organic tuscan kale from Trader Joe’s is my absolute favorite for recipes. You can use curly, or any type of kale for this, but the tuscan is just so good.

Kale Quinoa Salad
via foodswithjudes

1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
5 cups kale, thinly sliced
1 3/4 cups red grapes, sliced in half
1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds, unsalted
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp tahini
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp crushed garlic
salt and pepper, to taste

Cook quinoa per package directions. Add all the dressing ingredients together in a jar and shake vigorously. Tear kale leaves off stem. Stack leaves on top of each other and thinly chop kale. Add shredded kale to a large bowl. Toss dressing with kale and message the dressing into kale for a couple of minutes. Add remaining salad ingredients and combine.



Also, two other side notes I wanted to mention this Tuesday:

weekly Q&A:

I’d love to start doing a Q&A on Friday’s with my ‘Weekend + Links’ series. I’m thinking of answering 2-3 questions per week that y’all ask! It can be anything you want to know — favorite healthy recipes, where something is from, what my full time job is, etc. You can email me questions (turqandteale[at]gmail.com), comment on a blog post with one, tweet me, ask on Instagram, whatever is easiest! Thought this would be a fun way for each of you to get to know a little more about me and touch on something that I maybe haven’t covered on a blog post.


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  1. November 17, 2015 / 6:15 am

    That looks incredible!!! Packed with so many great nutrients!! What a great idea for your Friday posts – can’t wait to see what people ask!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  2. November 17, 2015 / 7:37 am

    This looks so good, and that dressing looks amazing. I love tahini, so anything with that ingredient is all me! Thanks for sharing Ashley!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  3. November 17, 2015 / 7:59 am

    YUM! 2 of my favs in one salad, this would be perfect for lunch today! It’s a total win-win by being delish and packed full of goodness <3

    Green Fashionista

  4. November 17, 2015 / 8:13 am

    I am all about a kale salad, and I love that this one has some crunch to it!

  5. November 17, 2015 / 8:18 am

    We have kale at least 3x a week. Kale chips are my jam! I saw this recipe on your snapchat and was hoping you’d post the recipe. I’d love to know more about your job, how you and hubs met, your wedding, etc. I love personal posts 🙂

  6. November 17, 2015 / 8:31 am

    This looks so delicious! And can’t wait to learn more about you in your Friday posts!

    Southern Style

  7. November 17, 2015 / 8:58 am

    Yummy, this looks delicious!

  8. November 17, 2015 / 9:04 am

    This looks delicious! Too bad I just cooked the kale that we had last night. Next time though!! Thank you for sharing and I hope that you have a great day today!! 🙂

  9. Leslie
    November 17, 2015 / 9:11 am

    What part of Atlanta do you live in?

  10. November 17, 2015 / 9:46 am

    These kind of lunches are my favorite! I could eat a (hearty) salad every day and be happy. Love the addition of grapes, I’ll have to add that to my next kale salad for a change. 🙂

  11. November 17, 2015 / 9:48 am

    Love the idea of a Q&A section! I’d want to know more about how you find good deals/where you shop! It’s hard tohave the time to go to the mall, shop around, find the best deals, as well as shop online and find the right fit. Also, would love to know where you buy basics, like tees and tanks, basic sweaters, etc.


  12. November 17, 2015 / 9:58 am

    This looks delicious! The grapes sound like they’d be perfect in it.

  13. November 17, 2015 / 10:00 am

    grapes and kale! i like. love the idea of a q&a!

  14. November 17, 2015 / 10:22 am

    Kale is one of my favorite things! This salad sounds right up my alley – thanks for sharing!

  15. November 17, 2015 / 11:44 am

    Anything with quinoa is a win in my book! Thanks for sharing!! (:

  16. November 17, 2015 / 12:17 pm

    That looks delicious!

  17. November 17, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    I love that kale mix from Trader Joes! This salad looks so good and I love how you added the quinoa to it!

  18. November 17, 2015 / 1:32 pm

    I love kale and quinoa salads!! I haven’t ever had kale from trader joes…definitely going to check that. And I love the q&a idea!! Can’t wait to learn more about you!

  19. November 17, 2015 / 2:57 pm

    Can you believe that I just recently tried kale? I know, I know, but I’m officially a convert! I absolutely love it, so I’ll be trying this salad for sure. Love the idea for the Q&A session on Friday’s!

  20. November 17, 2015 / 4:00 pm

    I have never met a kale salad that I didn’t like! I can’t wait to try this recipe, you always find the best ones!

  21. November 17, 2015 / 4:53 pm

    YUM. Love a good salad recipe!

  22. November 19, 2015 / 10:42 am

    this recipe looks like a must. also, i love the idea of weekly q&a.
    I’ll give you a few to work in!

    I know (or think) you’re in interior design, so how about
    – tell us about winter trends in home decor
    – favorite room{or project} you’ve styled recently

    – favorite drug store beauty item

    -typical day in the life, peek into routines.