Orange, Avocado, and Kale Quinoa Salad

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Orange, Avocado, and Kale Quinoa Salad-kale salad with quinoa, orange, avocado, pistachios, feta cheese, mint, and a simple citrus dressing. You will love this refreshing and healthy salad. 

Orange, Avocado, and Kale Quinoa Salad Recipe

Citrus season is my favorite. I have been sending Josh to the grocery store on the regular to buy citrus fruits because I have been eating them like mad and so have our boys. We can’t get enough. Last week, I put a few oranges aside so I could make this Orange, Avocado, and Kale Quinoa Salad. It made the BEST lunch. It definitely brightened up my day!

Orange, Avocado, and Kale Quinoa Salad Recipe

This salad is SO refreshing which is really nice during the blah winter months. The citrus brought a little sunshine into my day which was so nice and so delicious.

Orange, Avocado, and Kale Quinoa Salad Recipe

For the salad, I used a regular navel orange and a Cara Cara orange. Blood oranges or clementines would also be good. You could even throw in some grapefruit if you wanted to boost the citrus action.

The salad has kale, quinoa, oranges, avocado, pistachios, fresh mint, and feta cheese. Before serving, I drizzled the salad with a simple citrus dressing and give it a gentle toss. Sooooooo good!

This is my new favorite winter salad. The burst of citrus with the kale and quinoa is amazing. Plus, there is avocado, which makes any salad better. The pop of fresh mint, crunchy pistachios, and creamy feta will also have you coming back for more.

Stock up on citrus and make this Orange, Avocado, and Kale Quinoa Salad. It will give you a little a little refresh in the middle of winter.

Orange, Avocado, and Kale Quinoa Salad Recipe

Orange, Avocado, and Kale Quinoa Salad

This healthy and delicious salad is refreshing and bursting with flavor. It is great served as a main dish or side dish.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes

Ingredients

For the Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Salad:

  • 1 bunch lacinato kale ribs removed and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Pinch of Kosher salt
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 large orange peeled and chopped
  • 1 large Cara Cara orange peeled and chopped
  • 1 large avocado pitted, peeled, and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint chopped
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl or jar, whisk together the olive oil, orange juice, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the kale, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Massage the kale with your hands until the kale softens, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the cooked quinoa, oranges, avocado, mint, pistachios, and feta cheese. Gently toss. Drizzle citrus dressing over the salad and gently toss again. Serve.
  4. Note-blood oranges or clementines are also good in this salad. You could even throw in some grapefruit. This salad is best the day it is made.

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I already had everything to make this salad at home (subbing spinach for kale). I had it for lunch on Saturday and it was amazing! Thank you so much for the salad inspiration

  2. I’ve been looking for a salad recipe with these ingredients (kale, citrus, quinoa, feta) and you delivered! Thank you!  Your website is one of my go-to places for figuring out what my family will eat for the week (or often in the next hour for dinner!) and I want to thank you for striking such a nice balance of nourishing and delicious! And by the way, that cauliflower bolognese is a winner as well! 

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