Low Carb Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake

Close up of Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake with parsley and breadcrumb topping. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake on plate with casserole dish in background.  It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake is a creamy, hearty, scrumptious dish.  It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it’s baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish!

We have all heard of Cordon Bleu, right?  Most likely Chicken Cordon Bleu is the most familiar recipe.  Veal Cordon Bleu is also a popular and traditional way to prepare this dish.  However, why not Cauliflower?  The cauliflower takes on the role of both the ‘meat’ and the starch, so no other rice or pasta is even needed.  

Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake bite on fork with plate and casserole dish in background. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Cauliflower is a Super Source for Fiber & Vitamins 

Cauliflower is not only versatile, it’s a great Low-Carb diet food full of health benefits!  While it’s low in carbs, it’s high in Fiber and contains so many vitamins and minerals.  Cauliflower is a Cruciferous Veggie, just like Broccoli and Kale, which we all know are extremely good for us.  So, it also contains important Antioxidants which can help to reduce the risk for heart disease and may have anti-cancer effects.  

Head of cauliflower for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Try these other delicious and healthy Cauliflower recipes:

Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake with parsley and breadcrumb topping. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

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PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR CAULIFLOWER CORDON BLEU

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

This is one of those casseroles that you can make in 2 stages or make entirely ahead and reheat.  If you want this as a side dish, you could cut the recipe in half.  

It starts with an entire head of cauliflower.  Cut the head of cauliflower in half and then quarters. Cut out the core and discard. Then cut off into bite-size florets.

Knife cutting cauliflower head in half for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Knife cutting cauliflower for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Cauliflower florets in bowl for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Next, you can prep ahead all of the other ingredients…mince the garlic, shred the gruyere, chop the parsley, dice the ham.  For the ham, I used leftover ham from Easter, but you can ask your deli for some thick slices of ham and use that to dice up into bite-size pieces. 

Diced Ham for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

At this point, you can store the prepared ingredients in the fridge or continue on to put everything together and bake.

 

COOK YOUR CAULIFLOWER CORDON BLEU 

You will need a 9×13 Casserole Dish or similar size for the full recipe.

In the casserole dish, start by mixing the cold milk with the cornstarch until dissolved. Then add in the broth, then cheese, parsley, and ham. Add the cauliflower florets and mix to combine.

Adding cornstarch to milk for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Broth being poured into dish for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Diced Ham, parsley, and sauce in dish for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Adding cauliflower florets to casserole for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Raw Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake in dish. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Bake in a 350 F degree oven for 50 minutes covered. Then remove the cover, stir, and bake for another 10 minutes uncovered. 

While the cauliflower Cordon Bleu is baking, make the topping.  I make my own gluten free breadcrumbs by using a slice of gluten free bread and blending it in a food processor. 

Mix it with the cheese, parsley, and a dash of salt and pepper.  Remove the bake from the oven and sprinkle the topping all over top.  Put it back in the oven to bake for the final 10 minutes until the topping is crispy and golden.

 bread pieces in food processor for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Breadcrumbs, cheese, and parsley topping in bowl for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Hand sprinkling topping on Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes 

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Close up of Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake with parsley and breadcrumb topping. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake with parsley and breadcrumb topping. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
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Low Carb Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake

Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake is a creamy, hearty, scrumptious dish.  It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, French
Keyword casserole, cauliflower, gluten free, low carb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 cup diced ham 6-8 ounces
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 3 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 cup Veggie Broth
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Parsley, chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups gruyere, shredded about 16oz for this and topping

Topping

  • 1 Slice Gluten Free Bread
  • 1 tbsp Parsley
  • 1/4 cup Gruyere, shredded
  • 1/8 tsp Salt just a dash
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Pepper just a dash

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Cut the head of cauliflower in half and then quarters.  Cut out the core and discard.  Then cut off into bite-size florets.

    Cauliflower florets in bowl for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  2. Mince the garlic.  Shred the gruyere.  Chop the parsley.  Dice the ham.

    Diced Ham for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  3. At this point, you can store the prepared ingredients in the fridge or continue on to put everything together and bake.

Cook your Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees.  You will need a 9x13 Casserole Dish or similar size.

  2. In the casserole dish, start by mixing the cold milk with the cornstarch until dissolved.  Then add in the broth, then cheese, parsley, and ham.  

    Diced Ham, parsley, and sauce in dish for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  3. Add the cauliflower florets and mix to combine.  Bake in the oven for 50 minutes covered.

    Raw Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake in dish. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  4. While the cauliflower Cordon Bleu is baking, make the topping.  Make bread crumbs using a slice of gluten free bread and blending it in a food processor.  Mix it with the cheese, parsley, and a dash of salt and pepper.

    Breadcrumbs, cheese, and parsley topping in bowl for Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  5. Remove the bake from the oven and sprinkle the topping all over top.  Put it back in the oven to bake for the final 10 minutes until the topping is crispy and golden.

    Hand sprinkling topping on Cauliflower Cordon Bleu Bake recipe. It layers in nutty and salty Gruyere Cheese, with a creamy Vegetable broth based sauce with garlic and parsley.  Then the ham and cauliflower are folded into all of this goodness and it's baked in the oven until it all becomes one knock-your-socks-off dish! #cauliflower #lowcarb #glutenfree #casserole #onepot #familydinner #mealprep #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

 

 

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

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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