Autumn Kale Apple and Quinoa Salad Recipe

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Margie Willis Modified: March 23, 2022
Autumn Kale Apple and Quinoa Salad

How To Make Autumn Kale Apple and Quinoa Salad

Enjoy a delicious quinoa salad tossed with raw kale, crisp apples, cranberries, goat cheese, walnuts for extra crunch, and tangy vinaigrette dressing.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 15 minutes
Total: 50 minutes



For Salad:

  • ½cupquinoa,tricolor, dry
  • 6cupskale,slightly packed, chopped, thick ribs removed before chopping
  • 2apples,like gala apples or crisp and sweet apple, cored and chopped
  • 1cupwalnuts,lightly toasted and roughly chopped
  • ½cupdried cranberries
  • 4ozgoat cheese,crumbled

For Dressing:

  • ½cupolive oil
  • ¼cuplemon juice,fresh
  • 2tbsphoney
  • 1 ½tspDijon mustard
  • salt,to taste


  1. Cook quinoa according to directions on package and cool completely.

  2. While quinoa is cooling, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, honey, Dijon mustard, and salt in a jar or bowl.

  3. Add kale to a salad bowl, whisk dressing once more, then pour ¾ of the dressing over kale and toss until kale is evenly coated. Cover bowl and chill for 15 minutes.

  4. Remove salad from refrigerator, add apples, quinoa, walnuts, and cranberries. Pour remaining dressing over salad then toss. Add goat cheese and toss just lightly.

  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can store the salad covered in a refrigerator for up to 4 hours. If not serving immediately, we recommend dipping the apples in a lemon water solution (1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice with 1 cup of water in a bowl), then let the apples rest in the mixture for about 1 minute then remove and drain on paper towels. This helps reduce browning if you won’t be eating the salad right away.


  • Calories: 311.16kcal
  • Fat: 20.48g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.66g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 12.42g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.54g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.22g
  • Fiber: 3.36g
  • Sugar: 16.55g
  • Protein: 5.77g
  • Cholesterol: 7.45mg
  • Sodium: 321.91mg
  • Calcium: 57.81mg
  • Potassium: 221.42mg
  • Iron: 1.39mg
  • Vitamin A: 117.16µg
  • Vitamin C: 22.29mg
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