Vegan, Gluten-Free Warm Quinoa Salad With Kale Chips

The next time you're in the mood for something that's warm, hearty and satisfying, but are still trying to keep it healthy and light, try out this delectable and nutritious quinoa salad with kale chips. It's the perfect light lunch or dinner, with delicious flavors, beautiful colors and a great crunch from the kale chips. This dish is ready in no time and will soon become a household favorite!

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 handfuls spinach
  • 2-3 tbsp peanut sauce (2 tbsp peanut butter, juice of 1/2 lime, 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar, 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp minced garlic. Simmer over low-medium heat until melted together.)
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • Juice from 1/2 small lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • Kale chips (Bake 1 bunch kale with olive oil, salt, pepper and nutritional yeast at 350 degrees until crispy.)

Prepare quinoa as directed. In separate pan, heat oil over medium-high heat, add onion, garlic, stirring frequently for 4-5 minutes. 

Add in carrot, about 3 minutes. Add peanut sauce, vinegar and lemon juice. 

Add in spinach 1 handful at a time until wilted. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

When quinoa is prepared, fluff with fork and add in vegetable mixture. Place in serving bowls and top with kale chips.

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About the Author

Hillary Wright is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, vegan and animal advocate. Hillary is a full-time yoga instructor who loves teaching students of all levels, ages and backgrounds. Hillary's passion for humanity does not stop with her fellow yogis, but flows over into the animal community, where she works tirelessly for animal rights and pushes for a no-kill community where she currently lives in Dallas, TX. Hillary also runs a website on How To Live Like A Vegan... even if you don't want to be one, which supports a healthy, mindful diet that benefits your body, the planet and the animals. You can read more about her here.