Kale, Black Bean and Quinoa Salad

Hearty Protein-Rich Meal
Hearty Protein-Rich Meal

Wonder what’s for dinner tonight? You probably have most of these ingredients in your pantry – canned black beans, quinoa, and spices. Purchase kale and avocado on your way home and you’re all set for a filling yet light evening meal.

Kale, Black Bean and Quinoa Salad


1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained

2 cups vegetable broth + 3 tablespoons vegetable broth

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice

1 teaspoon ground flaxseed

1 teaspoon ancho chile powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder

Salt, to taste

6 cups chopped kale leaves, rinsed and drained

1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup grated carrots

1/2 large red bell pepper, chopped

1 avocado, sliced

Additional lemon juice and seasonings, to taste


  1. Heat a saucepan. Add the rinsed and drained quinoa and the garlic and toast it until almost dry. Add the vegetable broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cover. Simmer until all the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, in a small bowl  whisk together the lemon juice, 3 tablespoons broth, flax seeds, chile powders, cumin, and salt.
  3. Place the kale in a large mixing bowl. Add half of the dressing and massage it into the kale using a wringing motion until the kale is very tender, about 3-5 minutes. Add the quinoa, black beans, carrot, and bell pepper, along with the remaining dressing. Mix well and allow to set for 10-15 minutes before serving.
  4. Add more lemon juice, chile powder, cumin, and salt as needed. Top with sliced avocado.


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