Quinoa Salad with Apples

Apple Quinoa Salad
U.S. Apple Association
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Is it possible to pack more nutritional powerhouses into a single salad? Apples, kale and quinoa are packed with nutrition, but this salad also is notable for its delicious mix of flavors and texture.


Juice of 1 large lemon
2teaspoons honey
1medium shallot
1/2teaspoon kosher salt
3tablespoons olive oil
3cups very thinly sliced kale
1 1/2cups quinoa
3cups water
1teaspoon plus 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2tablespoons olive oil
2large tender-sweet apples, such as Fuji or Gala, unpeeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2teaspoons sugar
1/3cup toasted pine nuts
4ounces crumbled feta


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together  lemon, honey, shallot and salt. Add olive oil in a thin stream, whisking as you go. Set aside.
  2. Put kale in a serving bowl and set aside. Put quinoa, water, and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan, cover, and set over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook until all the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork and add to kale.
  3. Set a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil, heat for a minute, then add apples and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring,  2 minutes, then add sugar and continue cooking and stirring until  apples begin to turn golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Add apples to  quinoa, then add  pine nuts, feta and dressing. Toss until evenly combined.

Recipe courtesy of the U.S. Apple Association