Quinoa Kale Salad

Does anyone else feel like chopping veggies can have a therapeutic effect? After a pretty frustrating day at work, which I have yet to emotionally disconnect from, it was calming to take some fresh produce out of the fridge and start cooking.

The result was a pretty great quinoa kale salad.

Vegan Quinoa Kale Salad


  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked in two cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup mini carrot disks
  • 2 chopped scallions
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • about 25 halved grape tomatoes
  • 1 juiced lemon
  • 1/2 cup lemon zest
  • salt and pepper to taste


Cook the quinoa and fluff it with the olive oil when it’s done. Add the other ingredients and stir well.

Here my therapeutic chopping station 🙂


Fond memories already….


Ah, the glory.


Mixing it all together.


Quick lunch prep.


Yum. Desert was chocolate covered ginger and dark chocolate peanut butter cups from Trader Joe’s. Also therapeutic.


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