Salad #16: Green Pea Kale Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing

Salad #16: Green Pea Kale Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing

Holy moly, I only intended to take a few weeks off in August while we were on vacation in the UK but after our return home, events kept me away from blogging. But I’m back into the swing of things now and ready to pick up where we left off.

So the last time we connected, it was summertime and I’d just posted the 15th recipe in my Salad Series. Today I bring you Salad #16. It’s time to transition from light leafy green salads of summer, to heavier more satisfying cooler weather salads.

This salad is inspired by this recipe from Julia, a Canadian Blogger over at Swirls and Spice. I’m sure you’ll like Julia’s witty writing as well as her recipes. I love her humorous posts about traveling across our Canadian provinces. If you’re Canadian, or even if you’re not, you should get a chuckle out of her 3 part series that begins with Touring Canada – Part 1 Pun Times in the West.

Green Pea Kale Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing

Here in this Fox Kitchen we loved the Asian style dressing. The Peanut Dressing certainly is a refreshing change from a traditional oil and vinegar based vinaigrette. You may think there’s a lot of ingredients here but you’ll be surprised at how quickly they come together.

For those of you who are looking for fresh ideas in the kitchen, Julia has a good inventory of gluten free recipes on her Swirls and Spice website.

Green Pea Kale Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing

If you who don’t like quinoa … yes, I’ve heard there’s a few of you out there. Can’t say I agree with your opinion but accept we all have different tastes. Anyway, I’m sure you could substitute cooked brown rice at a 1:1 ratio for the quinoa.

As for the uncooked peas … we often enjoy raw peas in our salads here in this Fox Kitchen, but you can cook yours if you prefer. Just don’t overdo it. Boil them in water for about 1-2 minutes, drain and then immerse in ice water to stop the cooking process.

Would you like to share the names of your favourite food blogs? I’m always on the lookout for more/new ones to follow (especially ones that feature gluten free real food recipes). Please tell us what you enjoy most about them and feel free to leave a link in the comment section below.

Green Pea Kale Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing
Recipe type: Salad
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Summary: Inspired by this Sesame Quinoa Salad recipe by Julia at Swirls and Spice.
Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Egg Free | Refined Sugar Free | Real Food | Vegan | Vegetarian
*** Always refer to packaging labels for the most up to date allergy information
  • 1 Cup uncooked quinoa, or about 3 Cups cooked
  • 1 Cup Napa cabbage, finely chopped
  • 3/4 Cup carrots
  • 3/4 Cup grated baby kale, or chopped greens of choice
  • 1/2 Cup fresh green peas, shelled, or use thawed frozen peas
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 Tbsp gluten-free soy sauce
  • 2 tsp pure honey, or sweetener of choice
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar, or white wine
  • 1 tsp pure sesame oil
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh lime juice, to taste
Optional Toppings:
  • chopped cilantro
  • raw cashews, or peanuts
  • green onions, chopped
  1. To quinoa, add 2 cups of water and cook according to package directions. Transfer quinoa to a serving bowl and let cool to room temperature, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. To cooled quinoa, add cabbage, carrots, greens, peas, and sesame seeds.
  1. In a small saucepan or microwave-safe bowl, combine peanut butter and honey. Warm the two ingredients in the microwave or on low heat on the stove top. Stir until smooth and then add in ginger, vinegar, sesame oil, and olive oil. Let dressing cool and set aside.
  2. Pour dressing and lime juice over salad ingredients and toss to mix evenly. Chill until ready to serve.
  3. Just before serving, sprinkle salad with nuts, chopped cilantro and green onions. Serve with additional lime wedges if desired.

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  1. I hopped over from Back to Basics to see your enticing Green Pea Kale Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing recipe. I was not dissapointed. Who could resist this delectable ingredients and the Peanut Dressing is amazing! Loving your blog! So many great recipes and resources. I’m pinning and sharing!

  2. What a lovely, healthy salad, Laureen! What a great way to get lots of nutrition in a seriously healthy package! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  3. Kaila (GF Life 24/7) says:

    Ahhhh! This looks delicious. I love quinoa soups. (I’ve been enjoying a lemon quinoa soup all week.) This looks like a great combination of flavors as well, especially as the weather cools off. It was lovely to find your blog through Gluten Free Fridays, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Marla says:

    Hi Laureen,
    Wow this sounds like a tasty salad filled with a wealth of health. Love all those veggies you added. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned !

  5. This looks yummy! I love salads, but I hardly make them. I often find the ingredients go bad before I can consume them all, but that might be because I don’t add enough variety to my salads. This is definitely a way to add variety. I’ll be checking out the rest of your posts in your salad series. I really need to eat healthier.

    I bet you’d love the recipes over at Confessions of an Overworked Mom!

  6. Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners says:

    Great combination of flavours, Lauren. I absolutely love the differing textures as well. My kind of dish. Saw this at Real Food Fridays and just had to see more. A real pleasure to find your beautiful blog 🙂

  7. Bonnie V says:

    I love having peas in salad. This looks really yummy. I bet it has a lot of flavor. Can’t wait to try it.

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