Spiced & Roasted Tofu Croutons

Roasted Tofu Croutons on pan. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
Roasted Tofu Croutons on spinach salad in bowl with croutons on pan in background.  These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Spiced & Roasted Tofu Croutons are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty, smoky seasoned crust and a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein! 

Tofu bites were an absolute favorite for my girls when they were little.  They are the perfect little soft bites for toddlers and kids!

 

 

Roasted Tofu Croutons on pan. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Roasted Tofu Croutons: Awesome Alternative to Bread!

These are wonderful alternatives to bread croutons, as they are low carb, gluten free and packed with health benefits.  Tofu is low in calories and is an excellent source of iron and calcium.  It is a complete protein as well, meaning that it includes all essential amino acids.  To learn more about all of the health benefits of tofu, check out this article from MedicalNewsToday.com.

Want more Tofu?  Try this AMAZING Ginger Teriyaki Tofu Noodles recipe.

Roasted Tofu Croutons on pan. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR ROASTED TOFU CROUTONS COOKING KIT

You are busy during the week, so these are the steps that you can do in advance so dinner is prepped and you just need to cook it!

There are really only 3 simple steps to this recipe: 1) Prep the Tofu 2) Make the Spice Mixture, then 3) Spice up the Tofu and Cook it! 

Steps 1 & 2 can be done ahead.  Actually, the tofu can be cooked ahead and reheated too! 

Open the tofu package and drain out the water. Then place on a cutting board and start to slice it into bite-size rectangle or square pieces. I do this by first making 5 slices across the length of the tofu block.  Then slice them all in half, so you have 10 tofu ‘sticks’.  Finally, slice each stick into bite-size pieces. I usually slice across this last time 5-6 times, yielding 50-60 pieces.

Knife slicing Extra Firm Tofu for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Knife slicing Extra Firm Tofu for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Knife slicing Extra Firm Tofu into pieces for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Place all pieces in a single layer on paper towel in a large casserole dish. Then cover with more paper towel and pat to soak up the moisture. Let the tofu pieces sit on the paper towel for at least 1 hour to soak up the moisture. If you are able to, change out the paper towel and let soak on new paper towel for another hour.

Extra Firm Tofu pieces on paper towel for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Hand pressing on paper towel over tofu pieces for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Make the spice mixture by adding all seasonings/spices to a small mixing bowl. For this recipe, I love to use paprika (I love hot hungarian vs. smoked), ground coriander, onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, and salt.  You can certainly use your favorite seasonings.  Then mix to combine.

Spices in bowl for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

COOK YOUR ROASTED TOFU CROUTONS

Spray or brush olive oil on the pan.  I love to use the Sonica Organics Oil Sprayer for coating pans with olive oil  because a little goes a long way and it’s non-aerosol (no toxins or propellants) and is so easy to pump, then spray.

Hand spraying pan with olive oil for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Then add the tofu and spray the top with olive oil or drizzle oil over top and toss with fingers to coat.

Sprinkle the spice mixture over top and then toss to coat. Sprinkle more as needed until all sides are spiced.

Hand spraying tofu pieces with olive oil for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Seasoned tofu pieces on pan for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Then remove and flip each piece over and roast for another 10 minutes.

Roasted Tofu Croutons on pan. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

That’s it! Serve over salad, pasta, rice, soup, or just snack on alone!

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Roasted Tofu Croutons on spinach salad in bowl. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Roasted Tofu Croutons on pan. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
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Spiced & Roasted Tofu Croutons

Roasted Tofu Croutons are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein! 
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword meat alternative, salad, tofu, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 14 oz Organic Extra Firm Tofu
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Paprika I used Hot Hungarian
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander

Instructions

Prepare Tofu

  1. Open the tofu package and drain out the water.  Then place on a cutting board and start to slice it into bite-size rectangle or square pieces.  I do this by first making 5 slices across the length of the tofu block.

    Knife slicing Extra Firm Tofu for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  2. Next, turn the slices on their side so you can slice them all in half, so you have 10 tofu 'sticks'.

    Knife slicing Extra Firm Tofu for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  3. Finally, slice each stick into bite-size pieces.  I usually slice across this last time 5-6 times, yielding 50-60 pieces.

    Knife slicing Extra Firm Tofu into pieces for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  4. Place all pieces in a single layer on paper towel in a large casserole dish.  Then cover with more paper towel and pat to soak up the moisture.  Let the tofu pieces sit on the paper towel for at least 1 hour to soak up the moisture.  If you are able to, change out the paper towel and let soak on new paper towel for another hour.

    Hand pressing on paper towel over tofu pieces for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo

Spice the Tofu Croutons

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.

  2. Make the spice mixture by adding all seasonings/spices to a small mixing bowl.  Then mix to combine.

    Spices in bowl for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  3. Spray or brush olive oil on the pan.  Then add the tofu and spray the top with olive oil or drizzle oil over top and toss with fingers to coat.   

    Hand spraying tofu pieces with olive oil for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  4. Sprinkle the spice mixture over top and then toss to coat.  Sprinkle more as needed until all sides are spiced.

    Seasoned tofu pieces on pan for Roasted Tofu Croutons. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  5. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes.  Then remove and flip each piece over and roast for another 10 minutes.

    Roasted Tofu Croutons on pan. These are seasoned and toasted for the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, rice, or soup!   They get a roasted, almost nutty flavor with a salty and smoky seasoned crust with a chewy bite.  Super easy to make, low carb and great source of protein!  #croutons #salad #tofu #tofurecipes #vegetarian #plantbased #paleo
  6. That's it!  Serve over salad, pasta, rice, soup, or just snack on alone!

Recipe Notes

Note, this Spice recipe likely makes more than you need, so save it for seasoning chicken or steak or hamburgers or mac n cheese or veggies!

The serving size is based on approximately 8-10 pieces per person.

Quinoa and Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Creamy Lemon Dressing

Close up of bowl of Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
Bowl of Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Welcome to my breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between OBSESSION!  This Quinoa and Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Creamy Lemon Dressing has everything you could ever want in a meal.  It’s fresh, light, and bright from the lemon dressing, kale, scallion, and red pepper.  Then it’s hearty, nutty, and salty from the quinoa, roasted chickpeas and Feta Cheese.  And then you get a burst of fresh sweetness from the pomegranate seeds.  And all of the different textures will make your mouth so happy!    

Roasted Chickpeas on pan for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
Fork with bite of Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate,Feta, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

The Perfect Healthy Meal Prep Recipe

Not only is this delicious and good for you, but it’s incredibly versatile and can be made well in advance to enjoy all week!  

Quinoa, pronounced KEEN-wah, is actually an edible seed that is referred to as a Superfood because of its health benefits.  It’s high in complete protein including 8 amino acids and it has more fiber than most other grains.  It also has Iron, Manganese, Lysine, and magnesium.

The texture is similar to a couscous, but a little more fluffy.  It has a mild, slightly nutty taste, similar to brown rice.  However, because it’s so mild, it really absorbs any flavors you mix with it.  Check out more Quinoa Recipes!

Pomegranate cut in half on plate for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Pomegranate Seeds are also so good for you!  They are loaded with nutrients, have antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory benefits, and so much more.  Read more about the many benefits of pomegranate seeds. 

Close up of bowl of Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR QUINOA & KALE SALAD

Red pepper, Kale, Pomegranate, and Quinoa for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Here’s the wonderful news about this recipe…the entire thing can be made ahead!  Then you can eat it throughout the week! (See the recipe below for more details)

It starts with the quinoa, which you first want to thoroughly rinse with warm water in a strainer.  Then you cook it according to package instructions (very similar to rice).  Let it cool in the fridge. 

By the way, you can make extra and freeze quinoa.  Just spread it out on a sheet pan and freeze, then scoop it into a freezer bag/container. Check out more Freezer Hacks to Save Dinner here!

Water rinsing quinoa in strainer for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Cooked quinoa in pot for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

While the Quinoa is cooking, you can also roast the chickpeas.  Roasting chickpeas gives them a crispy nuttier flavor and really transforms them into little bites of wonder.

Make the roasted chickpeas by first draining and rinsing them in cold water. Pat dry with paper towel and place on the lined baking sheet. Drizzle with Olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Toss to coat each chickpea with seasoning. Place in preheated oven and roast for 25 minutes.

Roasted Chickpeas on pan for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Then make the dressing by combining the sour cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, yellow mustard, parsley. Add a dash of salt and fresh ground pepper. Taste for seasoning and add more salt & pepper if needed.

Dressing ingredients in bowl on counter with lemon off to side for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Dressing mixed in bowl on counter with lemon off to side for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

 

While the quinoa and chickpeas are cooking, prep all of the veggies! Dice the red pepper and chop the kale. Finely slice the scallion.

Chopping Kale for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Chopped Red Pepper and Kale for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Slice the Pomegranate in half and then holding one half upside down, hit the back with a mallet or the back of your knife to knock out the seeds.

Cutting a Pomegranate for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Knife hitting Pomegranate to get seeds out for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

To a large mixing bowl, add the cool quinoa, chickpeas, kale, red pepper, pomegranate, scallion, crumbled feta, and dressing. Then mix to combine.

All ingredients in bowl for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

Quinoa & Kale Salad in clear glass bowl with spoon with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Close up of bowl of Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

 

 

Bowl of Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
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Quinoa and Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Creamy Lemon Dressing

This Quinoa and Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Creamy Lemon Dressing is everything!  It's fresh, light, and bright from the lemon dressing, kale, scallions, and red pepper.  Then it's hearty, nutty, and salty from the quinoa, roasted chickpeas and Feta Cheese.  And then you get a burst of fresh sweetness from the pomegranate seeds.
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy dinner, healthy recipes, kale, quinoa, salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 445 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Creamy Lemon Dressing

  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 tbls Sour Cream
  • 1/2 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1 tsp Italian Parsley finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh Ground Pepper to taste

Roasted Chickpeas

  • 15 oz Chickpeas 1 can
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Other Salad Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quinoa, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup Red Pepper, diced
  • 2 cups Kale, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Scallions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Feta, crumbled
  • 1 Pomegranate seeds only

Instructions

  1. Start by rinsing the quinoa thoroughly in a strainer and then cooking it according to package directions. Let cool in the fridge.

    Water rinsing quinoa in strainer for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
  2. Make the dressing by first, zesting the Lemon and then cut in half and add the juice from only half of the lemon to a mixing bowl. Also to the bowl, add the sour cream, lemon zest, honey, yellow mustard, parsley.  Whisk the ingredients together. Add a dash of salt and fresh ground pepper. Taste for seasoning and add more salt & pepper if needed.

    Dressing ingredients in bowl on counter with lemon off to side for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
  3. Make the roasted chickpeas by first draining and rinsing them in cold water. Pat dry with paper towel and place on the lined baking sheet. Drizzle with Olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Toss to coat each chickpea with seasoning. Place in preheated oven and roast for 25 minutes.

    Roasted Chickpeas on pan for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
  4. While the quinoa and chickpeas are cooking, prep all of the veggies!  Dice the red pepper and chop the kale.  Finely slice the scallion.

    Chopped Red Pepper and Kale for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
  5. Slice the Pomegranate in half and then holding one half upside down, hit the back with a mallet or the back of your knife to knock out the seeds.

    Knife hitting Pomegranate to get seeds out for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
  6. To a large mixing bowl, add the cooled quinoa, chickpeas, kale, red pepper, pomegranate, scallion, dressing and crumbled feta.  Then mix to combine.

    All ingredients in bowl for Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale
  7. Store in pre-portioned lunch containers, serve as a side or as a main dish.  Enjoy!

    Close up of bowl of Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale