Quinoa Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing

Say hello to my favorite new chopped salad! This Quinoa Kale Salad features a tasty base of kale, quinoa, chickpeas, broccoli, bell pepper, and onion sprinkled with sliced almonds and feta and tossed in a light lemony dressing.

Kale Quinoa Salad

This quinoa kale salad is deeeeeeelicious!

It’s a bit of a detox salad of sorts, filled with a bevy of fresh and nutritious ingredients tossed in a healthy homemade dressing.

Along with the fluffy quinoa and silky massaged kale is a medley of protein-packed chickpeas, crisp red onion, sweet red bell pepper, crunchy broccoli, and nutty sliced almonds, chopped into edible confetti.

We love ours with a sprinkling of feta cheese on top, but you can make it vegan and skip the optional feta if needed!

Healthy Salad with Lemon Dressing

dress it up!

I dressed this stellar chopped salad with a light lemon dressing made with just a few tasty ingredients!

You’ll simply add the juice from one and a half lemons to a mason jar with avocado oil (or your favorite healthy oil), a splash of white wine vinegar, minced garlic, and salt + pepper.

No lemons? No problem! It should work quite nicely with limes too!

Quinoa Kale Salad

Quinoa Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing

The great thing about this sassy salad is that it’s totally meal prep friendly! Make it in advance to enjoy all week long as a scrumptious side salad for your favorite protein or main dish.

We love it alongside a vegetarian Chickpea Salad Sandwich or a healthy Tuna Salad Sandwich. It can also be served alongside your favorite protein like chicken, fish, or steak.

Quinoa Kale Salad
5 from 23 votes

Quinoa Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing

Say hello to my favorite new chopped salad! This Quinoa Kale Salad features medley of healthy, flavorful veggies tossed in a light lemony dressing.

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Keyword Quinoa Kale Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 208 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons


  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa (tri color or regular white)
  • 1 + 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 can chickpeas (15 oz – drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup finely chopped broccoli florets
  • 1/3-1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 red bell pepper , chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (skip if vegan)
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


  • 1.5 lemons , juiced
  • 3 TBSP avocado oil or light olive oil
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt or extra, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp dried dill or to taste (optional)


  1. First rinse and drain your quinoa using a mesh strainer or sieve. Bring a small pot to medium heat and lightly toast the quinoa to remove any excess water, stirring often. This step is optional but really adds to the nuttiness and fluff factor of the quinoa! Next add your water, set burner to high, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered with the lid slightly ajar, for 12-13 minutes or until quinoa is fluffy and the liquid has been absorbed.

  2. Once your quinoa is ready, fluff with a fork and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer to a medium bowl to cool.

  3. While the quinoa cooks, wash and dry your chopped kale (I use my trusty salad spinner) and massage with a drizzle of oil and a pinch of salt for extra-tender, silky kale that tastes GREAT!

  4. Toss kale with chickpeas, bell pepper, broccoli, red onion, and sliced almonds (you can chop these small if you'd like some in every bite). Mix in quinoa.

  5. For the lemon dressing, whisk together all the ingredients and give it a taste. If you like the tartness of the lemon juice (I love it!) keep it as is or feel free to add a little extra oil or sweeten a tad if preferred (sugar, honey, or maple syrup are common dressing sweeteners). Pour over salad and mix well. Top with crumbled feta and enjoy!

  6. You can dive in right away or chill before serving. I love it both ways! If meal prepping, pop it in the fridge and dive in when your'e ready. The dressing will soak into the salad and amplify the flavor even more. Love it so!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts below are estimated for both salad and dressing using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed based on extras/swaps and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 255mg11%
Potassium 369mg11%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 2999IU60%
Vitamin C 81mg98%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Quinoa Kale Salad Ingredients

If you get a chance to try this lemon dressing kissed quinoa kale salad, let me know!

Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

Crazy for kale and quinoa?

Both ingredients are total recipe rockstars around here! They’re crazy versatile, easily available, plus tasty and oh so nutritious.

My Healthy Quinoa Salad makes use of both powerhouse ingredients and, like this recipe, can be made in advance for easy meal prep salad and side dish options!

Have dried cranberries and pecans handy? My Cranberry Kale Salad features both kale and quinoa with homemade candied pecans, feta, dried cranberries, and a tasty whisk-and-pour dressing!

I also have it on pretty good authority that adding quinoa to my Mexican Kale Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing is downright DELISH! Doooo it!

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  • Heidi

    5 stars
    Whole family liked this salad. Since it has a Mediterranean vibe, I’m planning on adding some pepperoncini peppers for some extra zip next go round. 😋

  • Becky

    5 stars
    This is a delicious salad. It’s bright, crunchy, and healthy. The feta and the lemon dressing add such a nice tanginess. I added green onions and avocado which I thought was yummy, but it really doesn’t need a thing! Thanks for this recipe, I’ll be using it often!

  • Shauna

    5 stars
    This recipe was amazing! Full disclosure, I left out the broccoli and red pepper BUT I can only imagine how much more they would elevate the flavor! I had the quinoa already cooked from earlier in the week so I was able to throw it together in no time. SO GOOD! Thanks for sharing!

    • Is this salad not the perfect use of leftover quinoa?! Love it so! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe — thanks Shauna! xo

  • Kim

    5 stars
    I feel healthier just by printing this recipe off! This salad was pretty easy to whip up. I added grilled chicken and it made a nice dinner! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Sounds like a perfectly balanced lunch salad to me! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Britni Vigil

    5 stars
    What a great dish! Really versatile and well balanced. Loved the tangy lemon dressing that pulled it all together.

    • Thanks Britni! The lemon dressing is my obsession. It’s amazing on pasta salads too!

  • 5 stars
    Great salad with lots of flavor and crunch! I used only 1 lemon, the pepitas as someone else suggested, and vegan feta (by Follow Your Heart) so yummy!!

    • It’s sooooo good with pepitas yay! I’ve got to try that vegan feta — I’ve heard it’s phenomenal! Thanks Anita!

  • Allison Hirschmann

    5 stars
    It is SO GOOD!!!!!

  • Angela

    5 stars
    Amazing salad! Made this for a potluck then made more the next day to eat at home. So great to find something that tastes super flavorful while also being fresh and healthy, and easy to make. About to make another batch now.

  • Maya

    5 stars
    I’ve made this salad 6 times so far and it’s so delicious! It is a little labor intensive for a salad but very much worth it because it keeps in the fridge well.

  • Jackie

    I added roasted beets and more fresh dill. Delicious!

  • Deanna

    5 stars
    I had all the ingredients today and made for lunch. I added chicken breast and subbed pepitas for almonds to it as well since my husband was hungry. It is a DELICIOUS salad!! Highly recommend it. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Leora

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Make this!

  • Allie

    5 stars
    Delicious! Loved it. Used baby kale and tested both with feta and without (ended up preferring it without!) We’ll definitely be making this again 🙂

  • Dee Massey

    5 stars
    This was the best salad I’ve had in a long time. It was flavorful and light and I’m definitely making this again.

  • Jen K

    5 stars
    I LOVE this salad! It’s so fresh and filling. I don’t like raw broccoli, so I leave that out and increase the kale. I’m making this right now, for the second time in a week!

  • Laura Parks

    5 stars
    Wonderful! Substituted zucchini for broccoli and cherry tomatoes for bell pepper as I was trying to use what is in the garden. Zesty yummy! Good the next day too!

  • Jenny S.

    5 stars
    Delicious! The whole family loved it! I didn’t have broccoli so I doubled the quinoa and kale. I would have liked the broccoli for more crunch in the salad though. Toasting the quinoa really helped add flavor. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Larry

    Hi. Just made this and doubled the ingredients. It turned out great. Thank you!

  • Christan Carrithers

    5 stars
    I can’t have kale because of stomach and kidney issues, so used salad greens. This was amazing! So light and fresh and a new summertime favorite.

  • Beth

    This is the perfect Summer salad – fresh, flavorful, and colorful! This is a must-try for me!

  • Stephanie Pass

    I love lemon dressing, and this is a favorite. It’s perfect to go on so many salads!

  • Kathleen

    5 stars
    This was delicious and easy. I tasted dressing before adding vinegar and chose to not add it as lemon juice made it acidic enough. Also added a tsp of honey per suggestion. Really great salad and I am not even a kale fan:)

  • Cassie

    5 stars
    I think it would’ve been great even without the dressing. That’s how good it was!! Genius pairing of ingredients that complement each other. Thanks girly for another great quinoa recipe!

    • So so stoked you enjoyed it Cassie! Thank you!

  • Suzy

    5 stars
    Loved how simple this was to cook and put together!

  • Noelle

    5 stars
    This is just delicious! I know I will be making this all summer long, saving it for sure! Thank you

    • So happy to hear it Noelle, thank you!

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