Roasted Broccoli & Kale Quinoa Salad

by on January 2, 2014

Good morning and Happy 2014! I hope you had a lovely time ringing in the New Year. After spending New Year’s Eve in Vegas last year, I was ready for something a tad more low-key this year.  We ended up spending the evening with the same couple we went to Vegas with — made dinner at their house, did a champagne toast at midnight, danced and played fousball. It was perfect!

I have two cookie recipes I still need to share with you all but since I know I’m probably not the only one craving veggies and nutritious food after the holidays, I figured today would be a good day for a veggie packed recipe.

Roasted Broccoli & Kale Quinoa Salad

I have to thank my boss for sending me the original recipe that I used as an inspiration when making this dish. She and I have the same tastes when it comes to food and she’s always finding some of the best recipes so whenever she mentions that she made something that was delicious, I pretty much immediately put it on my to-make list.

Roasted Broccoli & Kale Quinoa Salad

This salad is packed with many so many healthy foods and given that it involves many of my favorite foods, I knew I was going to fall in love with it. You can never go wrong with roasted veggies and I love the fact that the kale is roasted too and gets a little crunchy, making it like having kale chips in your salad.

Roasted Broccoli & Kale Quinoa Salad

It tastes wonderful warm, right after mixing the warm roasted veggies with the quinoa, but it also stores well in the fridge and tastes great cold as well. I made one batch, ate it for dinner one night and then ate it for lunch and snacks several days in a row.

Roasted Broccoli & Kale Quinoa Salad 

4.8 from 4 reviews

Roasted Broccoli & Kale Quinoa Salad
 
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Adapted from this quinoa salad on Tasty Kitchen.
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa (dry)
  • 2 cups water (or veggie broth)
  • ½ pound broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 sweet potato, chopped into ¼ – ½ inch chunks
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas
  • 1 bunch laccinto kale, roughly chopped
  • olive oil, as needed
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • 3 Tablespoons feta cheese
  • juice from one lemon
  • ½ Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • crushed red pepper, to taste (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. Place quinoa and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer, cover and let it do it’s thing for 15 minutes. Remove from heat after 15 minutes and place quinoa in a large bowl to cool.
  3. Drain and rinse your chickpeas. Then place the chickpeas on a paper towels or hand towel to dry.
  4. Toss broccoli and sweet potato chunks with a little olive oil and roast at 425ºF for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, add your kale and chickpeas to the roasting pan. Toss, and roast for another 15 minutes. Stirring the veggies around at least once during the roasting process.
  5. Once your veggies are nice and roasted, remove from the oven and combine them with the quinoa.
  6. Chop parsley, crumble feta, and add to the quinoa/vegetable mixture.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, vinegar and maple syrup. Gently stir in oil, and add salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes to taste. Toss dressing over quinoa/vegetable mixture. Enjoy and store any leftovers in the fridge for 4-5 days.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

D @ The Kosher Cave Girl January 2, 2014 at 9:29 am

Oh, yum! This looks so great! Almost like a detox salad for the new year, only infinitely more delicious than most detox salads look. Roasted broccoli is the best, isn’t it?

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Katie H. January 2, 2014 at 9:43 am

Mmmm…. That looks delicious! It has so many of my favorite foods, too. Thanks for sharing–I pinned it!

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun January 2, 2014 at 9:59 am

Oh this looks great! I actually just got some quinoa and I have been really wanting to try it out! This may be a great recipe to test it on :)

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Sanaz@runforcake.com January 2, 2014 at 10:15 am

Looks great! I love love love quinoa! And please share the cookie recipes. Who doesn’t love a new cookie :)

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Brandy @ A Mindful Mantra January 2, 2014 at 10:28 am

This salad looks and sounds delicious! Just what so many of us are in need of after indulging during the holidays! Thanks :)

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Lisa @ The Skinny on Health January 2, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Yum!! This looks so delicious! Filling enough for a meal and post holiday cravings, but still healthy! :)

xx
Lisa @ The Skinny on Health

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Kira - HealthAble Old Soul January 2, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Oh my, Oh my! I am so excited with this recipe!!! I am going grains! Looks delightful – can’t wait!

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Brittney @ Sweets 'N' Greens January 2, 2014 at 8:41 pm

That salad looks delicious! Adding it to my to-make list for sure!

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Kayla Hoffman January 2, 2014 at 9:58 pm

I am making this next week for sure! I am also going to keep it for a baby food idea minus the red pepper and salt. DEEEEElicious!

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Beth January 3, 2014 at 8:12 am

I can’t believe I actually have all the ingredients in my kitchen and can make this tonight! Thanks.

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Challenge Mantra January 3, 2014 at 10:17 am

This looks wonderful!! Your recipe calls for 1 cup of dry quinoa, but would you recommend rinsing/soaking your quinoa before using it?

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Eating Bird Food January 3, 2014 at 10:24 am

Yes, I would definitely recommend rinsing if the package of quinoa that you have suggests that you should. I know there is one brand that doesn’t require rinsing, but most do. I should probably add that to the recipe. :)

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Nicole January 13, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I didn’t add the quinoa but can I just say, this was AMAZING. Such a delicious meal! Thank you :)

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Robbie Payne January 26, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Just made this for dinner & it was fantastic!!! Can’t wait to have leftovers!

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Holli February 5, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Enjoyed this recipe tonight….it’s a keeper! It was a little too much lemon for me but I didn’t have sweet potatoe to add, maybe that would have made a difference. Good recipe, thank you!

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Mia March 6, 2014 at 5:44 am

This is a super yummy salad. I stumbled across it and needed to make it straight away however, I didn’t have any sweet potato so I substituted it with carrot and i didnt have amy parsley so i substituted it with corriander. I made a batch of kale chip the other night and tossed a hand full in… Omg so filling and delicious!!! Thank you for sharing this beautiful recipe :)

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