Avocado Kale Quinoa Salad mixes kale, creamy avoid, quinoa and is tossed in a light lemon dressing. This salad is light, healthy and perfect for lunches or a side to your dinner. You can add grilled chicken, salmon or a handful of beans to add protein!
AVOCADO KALE QUINOA SALAD
Kale salads are some of my favorite salads. Two of my favorites I shared on here, this Simple Massaged Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing, Kale Cucumber Tabbouleh and this Tropical Kale Quinoa Salad. Year after year, the Simple Massaged Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing remains one of my site’s most popular recipes.
For today’s Avocado Kale Quinoa Salad I used that popular salad and dressed it up a bit with avocado and quinoa. It is such a simple salad to throw together and a great base for adding lots of other fun vegetables, beans, or grilled meats. If you are wondering what massaged kale is, I am here to explain!
I personally love massaging my kale for salads because it creates a softer, less tough kale. It also works the salad dressing into the kale and really helps the flavors stand out. Since I am a lemon lover I used a lemon, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper for today’s salad. Super simple! But you really can use whatever dressing you fancy. I would suggest sticking to an oil based dressing if you are planning to massage the kale otherwise just drizzle a creamy dressing over the salad without massaging it.
I love adding creamy avocado to salads, not only for the texture and taste, but for the health benefits. Avocados are a great source of nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, including potassium. They are a good source of B vitamins to help fight off disease along with Vitamin C and E. Avocados are also low in sugar and contain fiber, to keep you feeling full longer.
As we enter the warmer months of the year, salads like this Avocado Kale Quinoa Salad, are perfect to add to your menu. Not only are salads like this one light and healthy, they won’t leave your overly full on those hot, muggy summer days. I love adding our leftover grilled chicken or salmon to my salad along with a handful of chickpeas.
If you are trying to incorporate more kale into your diet try this One Pot Kale Broccoli Chickpea Orecchiette Pasta, this Slow Cooker Sausage Kale White Bean Soup or this Slow Cooker Turkey Kale Lasagna Soup. They are all delicious, easy ways to incorporate more of that delicious superfood!
When it comes to avocados I have a lot of great recipes on my site to help you add these in to your diet. Try a Tropical Tuna Stuffed Avocado, Avocado Tomatillo Salsa or this Southwestern Avocado Quinoa Salad with Chipotle Hummus Dressing.