This kale quinoa salad is the perfect easy meal prep recipe that uses delicious seasonal fall produce! It’s vegan and gluten free, and sure to please even kale skeptics.
The time for fall produce is officially upon us. The markets are now popping with winter squashes, Brussels sprouts, and other autumn goodies. Kale is actually a perfect green to purchase as the weather cools down, as it is hearty enough to grow in colder climates!
This kale quinoa salad features two of my favorite fall veggies – butternut squash and Brussels sprouts. They also pair so well together! The sweetness of the butternut squash is a wonderful contrast to the savory, slightly bitter Brussels sprouts. I could eat this combination all season long.
This salad also includes Dr. Praeger’s Spinach Littles! These adorable bites come in fun shapes like stars and dinosaurs, which makes them super appealing to children and adults alike. I always keep my freezer stocked with a few Dr. Praeger’s products. They are a no brainer to prepare, and one of the few frozen foods I feel good about putting in my body. If you look at the ingredient list on any of their products, you’ll find real ingredients like beans, vegetables, and grains.
How to massage kale for a kale quinoa salad
If you’ve never massaged kale before, it is such a game changer! I always massage kale when I am using it in a salad. Massaging kale makes it softer, easier to chew, and gets rid of some of the bitterness in raw kale.
Wash kale and tear off the leaves from the stems in bite size pieces.
Use a knife to roughly chop the kale into even smaller pieces.
Add raw kale to a large bowl with lemon juice and olive oil, plus a pinch of salt.
Use your hands to massage the kale for 3-4 minutes, making sure to get each piece.
The volume of kale will decrease after massaging, and the leaves will be a much darker green.
Why you’ll love this kale quinoa salad
It’s super nutritious. Kale is a nutrition powerhouse – full of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. Quinoa provides more fiber and plant-based protein.
Easy to prepare. This salad is very simple to make. Kale is a hearty green that holds up well as leftovers, so it is great for meal prep!
Customizable. Kale + quinoa + Dr. Praeger’s Littles makes a perfect base for other flavors and ingredients. Try swapping roasted cauliflower for Brussels sprouts, or try other varieties of winter squash.