Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Kale Quinoa Salad With Dried Cranberries and Sunflower Seeds

7 WWPP Posted by 4 years ago 9 Comments

I’m learning when you buy a 2 lb bag of kale, you have to figure out how to eat 2 lbs of kale!

I’ve already put it in eggs, made chips, a cheeseseak and tonight I’m making a fried rice with it and some leftover pork.

Kale Quinoa Salad with Dried Cranberries and Sunflower SeedsYesterday, I took a chance and cooked it with some quinoa to make a salad for lunch and can’t believe how yummy it came out. The combo of cooked kale (which can be a little too earthy for me) was complemented perfectly by the sweet cranberries and salty sunflower seeds. Adding the quinoa made it a meal and added great texture. I will be making this again!

Here’s what I did…

  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa (42g)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 50g raw kale, chopped finely
  • 15g roasted sunflower kernels
  • 15g dried cranberries
  • ~1 tsp packed fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt

Put the quinoa and 1/2 cup water in a small pot. Top with the kale.

Place the pot over high heat until the water boils. You’ll notice small bubbles on the sides in just a few minutes. Cover without stirring the kale in, and lower to a simmer.

After 10 minutes, uncover and toss everything. There should still be a little water remaining and the kale will have wilted.

Kale Quinoa Salad with Dried Cranberries and Sunflower Seeds  step 1 Re-cover and continue to simmer for 5 more minutes while you gather the remaining ingredients.

Kale Quinoa Salad with Dried Cranberries and Sunflower Seeds  Ingredients

Uncover the quinoa and kale again. Give it a good stir, raise the temperature of the burner to high, and cook uncovered until any remaining water cooks off, maybe 30 seconds.

Kale Quinoa Salad with Dried Cranberries and Sunflower Seeds  step 2

Pour the quinoa-kale combo over the rest of the ingredients and toss together with a little kosher salt.

Kale Quinoa Salad with Dried Cranberries and Sunflower Seeds Toss

Pile on a plate and enjoy!


I ate half of it right away but put the plate in the fridge on my way out the door to run an errand. When I got back I pulled it out and tried it cold.

It was just as good, if not better!

I really enjoyed this one and I’m proud of myself for coming up with a fun way to get two foods in me that I know I should be eating more of: quinoa and kale.


Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 Entire Recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
330 3g 6g old: 6 new: 7
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
10g 0g 49g 12g

See other recipes using: dried cranberries, kale, quinoa, sunflower seeds, thyme

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    Lonnie Thaler

    May 25, 2013

    Hi Roni, This is a very interesting recipe. I love quinoa and kale! I think my husband and kids will like it. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. :-D

    Jody - Fit at 55

    May 25, 2013

    That looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    June 1, 2013

    I love your recipes! Can u Pls convert grams into ounces for me. And how many does this serve? Thanks


      June 4, 2013

      Hi Katie! 15g is about a half an ounce. I just weigh everything. This serves 1.

    Erin K

    June 28, 2013

    Delicious, simple and comes together quickly. Also very filling. Amounts of ingredients don't really matter, just do it all to your taste.


    January 19, 2014

    I don't have a scale... 50g of kale... how much should i be using if I am ball-parking' it? ;-)


      January 19, 2014

      really you can use as much or as little as you want. I just weight it out so I can share nutritional info. That's being said, I'd say 2 large stalks. :)


    January 19, 2014

    Thanks, Roni. I was using your website a lot a few years ago when I was really * motivated + determined * on my weight watchers journey. Trying to get back on track.... one meal at a time. I may check out your blog to lose site..... I need to get inspired! P.S. You're great ;-)

    Heather Bollman

    February 4, 2014

    Made this for my lunch today and it was yummy! I was very pleased and surprised. Made it just for myself as no one else would eat it in my house.