Sara’s Nutty Kale Salad

nutty kale salad

With the holidays just approaching, and the load of carbs and sugary goodness that means “Thanksgiving” upon us, I think you may be seeing more recipes with kale in them here at HAG!

I have to balance the rest of my day with good and healthy food in order to be able to indulge in the best of the season’s treats without gaining weight or feeling laden down with no energy.  Balance people.  It is the way to have your cake AND eat it too!

My sister is notoriously the most healthy person in my family, and probably that I even know.  So this is a recipe that she brings to most get togethers of ours, and we have come to expect some version of it, which quickly disappears every time!  You can change it up using different ingredients, but the idea is to chop the kale very fine and then the grain and nuts, lends an addictive texture and taste that I just want to eat and eat!  Like my body is actually craving the goodness- just unexpectedly delicious.  Keeping it for a day after you make it is even yummier, make this the perfect salad to make ahead and take to work for a couple lunches, or to bring to a dinner party as a salad.

Sara’s Nutty Kale Salad


  • Small head of kale, chopped fine (about 5 cups)
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • ¼ cup ground almonds


To cook the quinoa, bring 3/4 cup of quinoa and 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil and reduce to simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool. Measure out the 1/2 cup for this recipe and put in a large mixing bowl.

To grind the almonds, I use my food processor, and just pulse until roughly ground- you don’t want a wet texture..

In a small bowl, mix to make a vinaigrette: the olive oil, lemon juice and tamari.

Toss the cooked and cooled quinoa with the kale and ground almonds. Add the liquids until just covered with the dressing when combined. Add a few shakes of ground black pepper and serve or refrigerate for up to three days.

That’s it! Gluten-free.  Soy-free.  Kale-full.  Mission-healthy completed.

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