Meatless Monday: Cali Kale + Quinoa Salad


Happy Meatless Monday and last Monday of July!  I don’t know about you but for me, July really flew by quickly.  The better part of it has been spent traveling including my time in California for BlogFest.  

While I was at BlogFest I got to try a lot of new delicious snack foods, particularly at the Expo but aside from that (and due to not a lot of free time) my food choices were pretty limited to the little quad area where we were staying. 

One restaurant in particular called Yard House (pretty sure it’s a chain restaurant but it was new to me) was responsible for keeping me nourished approximately 75% of my stay.  The other 25% was from the Starbucks next door 😉 Anyway, the one dish that I ordered there at least 5 times in the 3 days was the kale salad so I decided to do my own little spin on it for Meatless Monday! 

California Kale + Quinoa Salad {Vegan, Gluten Free, Meatless Monday}

 

It is actually listed on their menu as the Kale Caesar Salad but given my dietary restrictions I took out everything Caesar like and just renamed it the Cali Kale + Quinoa Salad. Constructed with baby kale, quinoa, golden raisins, pistachios, dairy free cheese and cherry tomatoes, it’s my own little taste of California in New York. 

While my recreation does have the dairy free (Daiya) cheese on it, the one I had in the restaurant didn’t.  I also don’t eat tomatoes but the salad was screaming for some color, I promptly picked them off after photographing- you can choose to leave them on 😉 

California Kale Salad {Vegan, Meatless, Gluten Free}

California Kale + Quinoa Salad {Meatless Monday, Gluten Free, Vegan}

California Kale + Quinoa Salad {Meatless Monday, Gluten Free, Vegan}

Ps. Not pictured is any dressing- I used oil and balsamic vinegar while California but feel free to use any kind you prefer. An orange vinaigrette would taste amazing but I didn’t have anything of the sort on hand. 


 

Cali Kale + Quinoa Salad 

RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 oz baby kale 
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/8 cup golden raisins
  • 1/8 cup pistachios
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup dairy free cheese (I used Daiya)
  • Oil & vinegar to taste or dressing of choice

 

Directions: 

  1. Place kale on plate then top with rest of ingredients. 
  2. Drizzle dressing on top and enjoy! 

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This post is also linked up with Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner for Meatless Monday. 


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42 Comments

jill conyers
Reply July 27, 2015

I just recently started adding quinoa to my salads. I love it! Your recipe looks delicious. Pinning for menu planning.

Have a wonderful Monday Annmarie!
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 27, 2015

    Yay, thank you! Hope you have a great day too!

Michelle
Reply July 27, 2015

I love kale salads, but definitely need to try 'different' add ins, like the golden raisins...looks delicious!
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 27, 2015

    The golden raisins gave it a nice California sun kissed sweetness ;)

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply July 27, 2015

Kale and quinoa are two of my favourite salad ingredients, so this sounds good to me. Lots of nutrients here.

    aelicatese
    Reply July 27, 2015

    It really is such a great combo! :)

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply July 27, 2015

I had the most incredible salad at dinner in Roanoke on Saturday--I showed a pic of it on IG but this reminded me of it because they are so similar, just different ratios! It was a tomato and kale salad with red quinoa. And nothing is better than fresh tomatoes in that!
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 27, 2015

    I wish I liked tomatoes/could have them. Unfortunately, I don't/cannot but they do look pretty in pictures ;)

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply July 27, 2015

Looks delicious! Quinoa is such a yummy addition to a salad!
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 27, 2015

    It really is! :)

Amber
Reply July 27, 2015

cali kale is just FUN to say, but the baby kale is legit SO cute :) seriously, I want it! Never had it before! apparently swiss chard is the new kale!

    aelicatese
    Reply July 27, 2015

    Haha, I was having fun sayin Cali Kale in my head every time I typed it ;) And Swiss chard, eh? I will have to give it a go!

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply July 27, 2015

I love kale, quinoa and pistachios so this is right up my alley!! i'm not a fan of tomatoes either :)

    aelicatese
    Reply July 27, 2015

    Haha yay! Twinning! ;)

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply July 27, 2015

ooh super easy and really yummy! Love kale and quinoa together.
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    Reply July 27, 2015

    So good, right?!

Ivanna
Reply July 27, 2015

Looks great I'm finding more ways to get lots of veggies in my diet your blog is a great help. Thanks

    aelicatese
    Reply July 27, 2015

    Yay! That makes me happy to hear! :)

Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs
Reply July 27, 2015

I love adding quinoa to salads. The flavor is great it adds a nice protein oomph to the salad. This looks delicious.
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 27, 2015

    It really does! Thank you- I just had it again for lunch :)

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply July 27, 2015

I am loving all the kale salads - looks fantastic ! I need to start adding kale- see if the hubby notices !

    aelicatese
    Reply July 27, 2015

    Just mix it in, he probably won't notice at all ;)

Marcia
Reply July 27, 2015

Looks delish! I love the idea of quinoa in a salad.
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 27, 2015

    It is so good and gives it a little extra something!

Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply July 27, 2015

Looking fabulous as always.
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 27, 2015

    Thanks, friend! :)

Lori Musselman
Reply July 27, 2015

That salad looks yummy. I haven't tried quinoa on salad but will give it a go.
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 27, 2015

    You have to- it is so good!

Liz
Reply July 27, 2015

I love quinoa in my salads! It is so yummy :)
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 27, 2015

    It really is and different than when it's just loaded with veggies (not that that's a bad thing ;) )

Jess @hellotofit
Reply July 27, 2015

HAHA at picking off the tomatoes after photographing the pics :) this looks delicious! I'd leave the tomatoes on and add some regular cheese. This looks AMAZING. Bet the raisins give it an extra umph of flavor!
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 28, 2015

    The raisins really do give it something extra! And yeah, raw tomatoes aren't my thing ;)

Richard
Reply July 27, 2015

I think meatless mondays are awesome! We should incorporate more days like these during the week :)
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 28, 2015

    I totally agree! ;)

Deanna @ The Live Fit Girls
Reply July 27, 2015

Looks super yummy girl!! I felt like July flew by too! Wish I had more time to talk to you at Blogfest!! SO many bloggers, not enough time!! :( ...and Yard House was bomb dot com!! Loved their Steak Salad!
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 28, 2015

    Haha, the Yard House WAS the bomb! Really wish we got to visit more too- maybe we will get to meet again soon at another event :)

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply July 28, 2015

Oh, Yardhouse, how I kind of miss thee.
Also love that you put tomatoes on just for styling haha. #foodbloggertruths

    aelicatese
    Reply July 28, 2015

    I kind of miss the Yard House too...and yeah, those toms are just there for show ;) Nikki ate them so at least they didn't go to waste!

Kristy @ Southern In Law
Reply July 28, 2015

This looks amazing! For some reason I am obsessed with quinoa at the moment (we usually eat it once a week or every two weeks but all of a sudden I want to eat it ALL the time haha) so I'll definitely have to try this!
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 28, 2015

    We are obsessed with quinoa right now too- it is so good and so versatile!

rachel @ Athletic Avocado
Reply July 28, 2015

such a great idea adding quinoa to a kale salad! Love the extra nutritional boost :)
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    aelicatese
    Reply July 29, 2015

    It makes it so much more filling too! :)

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