Lemon Parmesan Quinoa & Kale Salad

This delicious Lemon Parmesan Quinoa & Kale Salad is an easy side dish or simple vegetarian meal for any day of the week!

This delicious Lemon Parmesan Quinoa & Kale Salad is an easy side dish or simple vegetarian meal for any day of the week!

There are so many ways you can enjoy kale, from soups to smoothies and salads. But, one of my favorite ways to prepare kale is combining it with broccoli and quinoa to create this light, lemony salad.

Why Kale?

Kale is a nutritional beast! This dark, leafy green is high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and rich in calcium.

It’s a super popular vegetable that keeps running off the shelf! I often find myself driving to numerous grocery stores looking for it to be stocked.

Luckily, this predicament has resulted in my husband and I starting to grow kale in our garden. It’s very easy to grow, and super hearty. I love being able to walk outside and pick what I need for my meal, rather than fight the crowds at the local grocery store.

This delicious Lemon Parmesan Quinoa & Kale Salad is an easy side dish or simple vegetarian meal for any day of the week!

Ingredients for Lemon Parmesan Quinoa & Kale Salad:

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 bunch kale
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic

All of these clean and simple ingredients come together to make a perfect warm side dish, but more often, I will eat it alone for a meal.

This delicious Lemon Parmesan Quinoa & Kale Salad is an easy side dish or simple vegetarian meal for any day of the week!

How to prepare Lemon Parmesan Quinoa & Kale Salad:

Start by preparing quinoa according to package instructions and set aside.

In a large skillet, begin to heat oil. Add chopped onions, broccoli and garlic. Sauté until slightly tender. Then, stir in chopped kale, along with 1/4 cup of water. Lower heat and cover. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until kale has wilted and turned bright green.

Stir in cooked quinoa, lemon juice and parmesan cheese. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

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Lemon Parmesan Quinoa & Kale Salad

Lemon Parmesan Quinoa & Kale Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 bunch kale - stems removed, chopped
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Prepare quinoa according to package instructions and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, begin to heat oil. Add chopped onions, broccoli and garlic. Sauté until slightly tender.
  3. Add chopped kale, along with 1/4 cup of water. Lower heat and cover.
  4. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until kale has wilted and turned bright green.
  5. Stir in cooked quinoa, lemon juice and parmesan cheese.
  6. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

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