Quinoa Salad with Mango and Kale Recipe

Quinoa Salad with Mango and Kale Recipe
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Quinoa salad

Allison Beck

Quinoa salad

When packing up a meal for a picnic, tailgate, or even a potluck at a friend's house, nothing beats hearty grain-based salads that can be made in advance — and this quinoa salad is a new favorite.

Inspired by a dish a family friend made where she covered the quinoa with a layer of kale and salted pumpkin seeds, I decided to stir the greens into the quinoa so each bite was full of flavors. Mango adds a sweet and tropical bite, and I garnished the dish with roasted almonds for a buttery, salty finish.

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In a large saucepan, combine the quinoa, nectar, and water. Season with a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook until nearly all the liquid has evaporated and quinoa is cooked, stirring every 3-5 minutes. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the kale and mango. Fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork then add it to the bowl. Season with salt and stir well. Let the salad sit for about 5-10 minutes to allow the kale to wilt a bit. Check for seasoning and add a bit more nectar, if desired.

Add the almonds to the salad as a garnish or stir them in, whichever you prefer. 


Calories per serving:

661 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Sodium Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 34g 52%
  • Carbs 72g 24%
  • Saturated 4g 22%
  • Fiber 12g 48%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 21g
  • Monounsaturated 18g
  • Polyunsaturated 9g
  • Protein 24g 48%
  • Cholesterol 22mg 7%
  • Sodium 124mg 5%
  • Calcium 187mg 19%
  • Magnesium 267mg 67%
  • Potassium 942mg 27%
  • Iron 5mg 29%
  • Zinc 4mg 28%
  • Phosphorus 568mg 81%
  • Vitamin A 93µg 10%
  • Vitamin C 46mg 77%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 29%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 49%
  • Niacin (B3) 5mg 23%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 33%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 185µg 46%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 2%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 14mg 72%
  • Vitamin K 39µg 49%
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