Kale Salad with Lemon Chicken & Quinoa Print Recipe Print Recipe


Dinner for one, right here.

It’s been busy around here and when the Mr. is away, I’m not very good about cooking for one.

I love a big ol’ salad.

Growing up, mom would set out all the leftovers and various items from the prepared case at the local market and then we’d build our own salads to our liking. They were never boring.

Mom and Dad still do have their “build your own salad” nights. It’s easy and everyone’s always happy.



On Sunday, the Mr. and I strolled through the market and of course, I picked up a bunch of kale along with many other items.

I love fresh kale from the market and pretty sure it’s a standard purchase with every market trip.

I typically don’t eat kale raw, too rough on the digestive system. I decided I would try the massaging technique and see how that settled. I then raided the fridge to see what else I could I add to it.  This refreshing salad came together so nicely, I ate the entire plate the second I put down the camera. I may have gotten in a few breaths in between bites. Can’t be too certain.


While I was at the market, I also bought a bunch of mustard greens. I haven’t figure out what I’m going to make with them just yet, maybe another fun salad? If it turns out, I’ll certainly share with you all. Any favorite preparations you want to share?



Kale Salad with Quinoa and Chicken

PRINT Recipe


  • 1-2 cups kale, ribbed and stems removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1/2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped into thin stripes
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1-2 tablespoons almonds, chopped
  • salt + pepper to taste

Optional: 1/4 – 1/2 avocado


In large serving bowl, add the kale and olive oil and a little salt. Massage until the kale starts to soften, about 2 to 3 minutes.

For the dressing, whisk together lemon juice, honey and season with salt & pepper. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, add quinoa, chicken, basil and sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning. Mix together.

Mix in the quinoa/chicken mixture and tomatoes to the bowl of kale.

Drizzle the lemon and honey dressing over the salad and toss to combine.

When you’re ready to serve, sprinkle with almonds and enjoy!


Makes 1 big salad


*gluten-free *dairy-free

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  • http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/ Averie

    I don’t even bother with “massaging”. I just put the dressing on, stir, wait 15 mins, let it all soften, and then dig in. 

    Your bowl looks perfect!

  • OhSunnie Day

    This looks delish!  Sounds even yummier with avocado!



  • http://www.bakeyourday.net/ Cassie @ Bake Your Day

    I love dinners like this when my husband is gone. Sounds very satisfying! 

  • http://www.southerncharmnola.com/ Liz @ Southern Charm

    LOVE this!!! It sounds so light and refreshing!! 

  • http://www.athoughtforfood.net/ Brian @ A Thought For Food

    Looks wonderful darling!  What a lovely (healthy) meal!

  • http://www.englandfurniturefactorytour.com/ England Furniture

    recipe seems to have a well rounded health value. Thank you for posting.

  • http://denimandink.com/ Erin O’Leary

    Yum! Sounds delish. I’ll be making this one soon.

  • http://www.bevcooks.com/ Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks)

    Please, please feed me or else I MIGHT DAH.

  • Pnativetexan

    Cannot wait to make!

  • http://www.vmacandcheese.com/ victoria | vmac+cheese

    Pretty sure my skin and liver would be so happy with me if I ate this more!! Yum!

    In the south, we grew up eating mustard greens more frequently. I actually just like them gently braised in stock, and maybe if I’m feeling wild, with a little bacon or pancetta too. 🙂

  • http://savoringtoday.com/ Judy@Savoring Today

    I’m liking it all from where I sit, but especially the photo of the close-up with the fork–well done! It makes me want to take that bite and isn’t that what it’s all about?! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Oh perfect, I might keep it simple and go with your idea – thanks love!