Kale quinoa salad with chopped walnuts, grated Parmesan cheese and a squeeze of lemon juice is a light, fresh and healthy side dish!
This post first appeared over at Real Housemoms, where I’m a contributor.
Hello there friends!
I hope you are having a lovely week! If you read my healthy chicken taco casserole post earlier this week and my laundry achievements, I’d just like you to know that I’m back to square one. Lots of clean clothes here, all heaped into piles. (And lots of dirty towels and sheets that need to get done. At some point…)
Nope, no one’s got it all together. (Or maybe you do. Which is fabulous. For you. Just don’t share, OK?)
Anyway, today I’m bringing you a restaurant re-make, just like my recent curried wild rice salad with raisins and pecans. This kale quinoa salad is my go-to for lunch when we’re at BrickTop’s, one of our frequent go-tos on the weekend with the kids.
My husband loves going out to lunch and ordering all the manly food that I tend not to make at home. We’re talking meaty hamburgers, French dip sandwiches, fried chicken, ribs… Cause at home he’s more likely to get Parmesan sheet pan chicken and broccoli with bell peppers or my one pot vegetarian spaghetti. Good eats for sure, but definitely on the healthy side.
Me, I like to keep it light most of the time, especially at restaurants where I know they add more salt, more butter, more oil, more everything than I ever would at home.
(See also my post on maintaining weight loss for a lifetime.)
But this little side salad of massaged kale and fluffy quinoa in a citrus dressing? It’s delicious, light, filling and right up my alley! I order it almost every time we go!
So I finally started making it at home to serve as a side for dinner (and hopefully have enough leftovers for a little lunch the next day for me!)
The bright, fresh kale leaves, the tender bits of quinoa sprinkled throughout and the toppings of meaty walnuts, cheesy Parmesan and a hit of citrus flavor from a squeeze of lemon at the end puts this salad over the top!