I’m not sure it’s feasible to pack more nutritional powerhouses into a single salad.

In this superfood-lover’s salad, apple, kale and quinoa create a delicious mix of flavors and textures: sweetness from the apples, salty flavor from the feta, and crunch from the quinoa and pine nuts.

Quinoa Salad with Apples, Kale, Pine Nuts and Feta

Serving Size: Serves 6-8

Quinoa Salad with Apples, Kale, Pine Nuts and Feta

Ingredients

  • For the dressing:
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 medium shallot
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • For the salad:
  • 3 cups very thinly sliced kale (about 1/3 of a standard bunch)
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large tender-sweet apples, such as Fuji or Gala, unpeeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta

Instructions

n a small bowl, whisk together the lemon, honey, shallot, and salt. Add the olive oil in a thin stream, whisking as you go. Set aside.

Put the kale in a serving bowl and set aside. Put the quinoa, water, and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan, cover, and set over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook until all the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork and add it to the bowl with the kale.

Set a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil, heat for a minute, then add apples and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, then add sugar and continue cooking and stirring until the apples begin to turn golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Add apples to the bowl with the quinoa, then add the pine nuts, feta, and dressing and toss until evenly combined.

Notes

Recipe courtesy of the US Apple Association

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