Hearty Kale Salad

I think I've posted this recipe in weekly meals, but both my Mom and cousin asked me for the recipe, so I thought maybe other people would like it too.

Originally my girlfriend Laura made this for dinner one night at her house, and I fell in love with it there. I've made it a few times, have made some tweaks, and have come up with a pretty delicious dinner option.

1 pound of chicken, diced
1 pkg of Kale
2 pks of mushrooms
2 pkgs of cauliflower florets, sliced for thinner pieces 
1 cup of pecans
2 cups of cooked quinoa
1 container of feta
Olive Oil
Balsamic vinegar
Salt and Pepper

1. Cook the quinoa and bake the chicken - both easy steps to do ahead of time
2. Place mushrooms and cauliflower on a cookie sheet and cover with olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper- bake at 425 for 30/45 minutes or until charred
3. Assemble kale, pecans, feta and then add all of the cooked ingredients: diced chicken, quinoa, and mushrooms, cauliflower 
4. Serve warm, toss with extra olive oil (if necessary) and balsamic vinegar

 This salad serves at least 4, if not 5! 

PS. I know some of you asked about the above white bowls and they are from Crate and Barrel. We use them all the time and they're the perfect size for an entree portion of salads. I couldn't find the exact bowl I registered for 3 years ago, but these look like the most similar option.


  1. This looks delicious! I can't wait to try this.

  2. So you don't saute or roast the kale beforehand? We love kale and I have tried numerous times to incorporate it in salads, but I just can't do it raw! I'll have to try this though!!! I love a good kale salad, and its vegetarian if you omit the chicken :) Thanks for sharing!

    1. I don't! We like it straight out of the bag....but I do trim off the stalks. I will also dress the salad a good ten minutes before serving which I think breaks down the kale a bit.

  3. This looks so good but Kevin would never eat it grrrrrrr.

  4. That sounds so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Is it good the next day? I'm the only one who would eat this at home but it looks like it would make great lunch for during the week.

    1. Both Joel and I had it as leftovers for lunch the next day and it held up great. There is a little crispness missing from the mushrooms - but otherwise, totally holds up!

  6. Can't wait to try this! I love some kale!