Berry Avocado Quinoa and Kale Salad with Honey-Lime Poppy Seed Dressing

01.19.2015

Berry Avocado Quinoa and Kale Salad with Honey-Lime Poppy Seed Dressing | Cooking Classy

So it may appear that I made a very summery salad in the dead middle of winter and yes that might be true, but more importantly I made a superfood salad to keep this healthy eating season going. Plus, I happened to have a carton of raspberries to use up so I figured I may was well make a healthy meal versus a sugar packed sweet.

This power salad is seriously loaded to the max with goodness and it really does taste delicious! If I’m counting correctly this has six, yes SIX superfoods. Kale (which I prefer baby kale in salads or smoothies, no harsh bite to it), raspberries, blueberries, avocados, almonds and quinoa. Then some feta for good measure, right? With all the sweetness in the salad it did need a little salty and feta always does the trick. It’s definitely one of my favorite cheeses, plus it’s not as fat heavy as many of the other cheeses out there. If you wanted you could even use a light feta to cut calories.

This makes one really big salad so if you are only serving one or two people you could easily half this recipe. Or at least only make one half at a time because the avocados will start to brown and the salad will get soggy if it’s covered in dressing after a not too long.

Who said healthy eating was always boring? I love to prove that notion wrong.

Berry Avocado Quinoa and Kale Salad with Honey-Lime Poppy Seed Dressing | Cooking ClassyBerry Avocado Quinoa and Kale Salad with Honey-Lime Poppy Seed Dressing | Cooking Classy

Berry Avocado Quinoa and Kale Salad with Honey-Lime Poppy Seed Dressing

Yield: About 5 - 6 servings

Berry Avocado Quinoa and Kale Salad with Honey-Lime Poppy Seed Dressing

Ingredients

    Dressing
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds
  • Salad
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (about 2/3 cup dry)
  • 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 9 oz baby kale or baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 medium avocados, peeled, cored and diced
  • 5 oz feta cheese, crumbled

Directions

  • In a blender or mason jar combine all dressing ingredients except poppy seeds. Blend until well combined (or cover and shake if using a mason jar). Pour into a container and stir in poppy seeds. Store in refrigerator.
  • For the salad toss all ingredients together in a large salad bowl. Pour dressing over top and toss. Serve immediately after adding dressing.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2015/01/berry-avocado-quinoa-kale-salad-honey-lime-poppy-seed-dressing/

8 comments

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: Oh man, this salad makes me soooo happy!! I’m still eating berries and definitely need to try this delicious recipe! January 19, 2015 at 3:56pm Reply

  • Kathleen @ Yummy Crumble: The colors are amazing! They make that salad pop. Who could turn that down :) I’m excited to try this one! January 19, 2015 at 5:12pm Reply

  • Catherine: This salad is absolutely beautiful and delicious looking; as I am certain it is. xo Catherine January 19, 2015 at 7:47pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): I love this salad, the colorful toppers are so pretty! January 19, 2015 at 9:03pm Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: This is the perfect salad! So healthy and flavorful. January 20, 2015 at 6:37am Reply

  • Shari Kelley: What a beautiful salad, Jaclyn! I’m sure it tastes amazing too with all of those ingredients. Great idea to use superfoods this time of year especially with all of the sickness going around. January 20, 2015 at 3:33pm Reply

  • Liz @ Floating Kitchen: This is the kind of salad that I want to eat all day, everyday. It’s so beautiful! January 20, 2015 at 8:52pm Reply

  • Cassie: Making this tonight for a girl’s night at my place! Ive had it pinned for a while now! My fit, healthy friends will love this with a glass of white wine! Thanks! July 16, 2015 at 9:03am Reply

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