Fall Apple, Kale and Quinoa Salad

Fall Apple, Kale and Quinoa Salad

This salads dressing of lemon juice and honey helps tone down the bitter flavor of kale and bring together the sweet apples with salty goat cheese.

Yields: About 7 servings

 Ingredients
  •  1/2 cup tricolor dry quinoa
  • 6 cups slightly packed chopped kale (it will take about 1 1/2 bunches. Remove thick ribs before chopping, 6 oz chopped)
  • 2 crisp sweet apples , cored and chopped (I used gala apples)
  • 1 cup lightly salted almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 4 oz goat cheese , crumbled (or feta cheese)

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook quinoa according to directions on package and cool completely. While quinoa is cooling, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients in a jar or bowl. Add kale to a salad bowl, whisk dressing once more then pour 3/4 of the dressing over kale and toss until kale is evenly coated. Cover bowl and chill 15 minutes (adding the dressing and letting it rest helps soften kale a bit).
  2. Remove salad from refrigerator, add apples, quinoa, almonds and cranberries. Pour remaining dressing over salad then toss. Add goat cheese and toss just lightly. Serve or store covered in refrigerator for up to 3 days
  3. *Note that this salad actually does hold up really well, but I recommend dipping the apples in a lemon water solution (1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice with 1 cup water in a bowl), let apples rest in the mixture for about 1 minute then remove and drain on paper towels. This helps reduce browning if you aren’t going to be eating the salad right away.