Quinoa, Kale, and Pear Salad

Whip up this protein-packed salad tonight.

How to Make Quinoa, Kale and Pear Salad
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Quinoa is packed with muscle-building BCAAs (branch-chain amino acids), and acts as the base of this nutritious salad. Complemented with delicious kale, walnuts, and goat cheese, you get a whopping 15g of protein per serving.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 369; total fat: 14.2g; saturated fat: 4.1g; protein: 14.9g; carbohydrates: 47.8g; sugar: 11g; fiber: 6.4g; cholesterol: 14.8mg; sodium: 255.6mg

Recipe and photo by Meri Raffetto of Real Living Nutrition Services.

Prep time

5 min.

Cook time

20 min.

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken stock
  • 3 kale leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 fresh pears, diced
  • 8-12 tsp balsamic honey mustard vinaigrette, divided
  • ¼ cup walnuts, lightly toasted
  • 2 oz crumbled goat cheese

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium pot. Add the quinoa, and toast until it turns a darker brown and you can smell the toasty aroma. Add stock, and cook according to package directions.

Remove cooked quinoa from the pan, and divide evenly into 4 serving bowls and let completely cool.

Once cooled, add the kale and pears; toss with a small amount of dressing. Very little dressing is needed, so start with a teaspoon or two to each bowl.

Sprinkle with walnuts and goat cheese, and adjust dressing to taste.