Quinoa and Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Creamy Lemon Dressing

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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!    

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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. 

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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

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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

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

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ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

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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

5-Ingredient Chicken Tortilla Soup with Kale!

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Chicken Tortilla Soup with sour cream on top in bowl on counter

Now, I love my slow cooker for soups, but sometimes, I need a quick fix!  This 5-Ingredient Chicken Tortilla Soup is quick, it’s easy, it’s delicious AND…it’s an all-in-one balanced dish because I have added KALE!  Done in 30 minutes, this soup will become your new favorite 🙂

This is also a fantastic recipe to use leftover chicken in!  Making extra proteins either when prepping on the weekend or just when you are cooking any dinner is smart!  Then you can use the leftover protein in a second dinner – easy and quick!  I have a great free printable cheat sheet for you with 30 Leftover Protein Dinner Ideas!!  Be sure to get this now and put it up in your kitchen for easy reference!

So, what goes into a quickie, 5-ingredient Chicken Tortilla Soup?

  • Chicken
  • Scallions
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Kale
  • Tortillas

You also need water, some salt & fresh ground pepper, plus whatever garnishes you may like, such as shredded cheese or sour cream, but seriously, you will not need anything else – it’s THAT GOOD!

To begin, you simply place the chicken breasts and scallions into boiling water that you have seasoned with salt and pepper to taste.  You need enough water to cover the chicken with about 3/4 inch additional above the chicken.  Boil for 10 minutes or until fully cooked through.  Remove chicken from the liquid, which is now a broth and set aside in the fridge to cool for about 5 minutes.  When the chicken is cool enough to touch, start shredding it all up into small bite-size pieces.

While the chicken is cooling, you can whisk into the broth, 1/2 packet of your favorite taco seasoning and bring it up to a light boil.  Place the shredded chicken back into the cooking broth and add thinly sliced kale.  Cook for 5 minutes, then add 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips and mix into the soup and cook for another 5 minutes.  The tortilla chips will blend into the soup to both thicken it and flavor it with the delicious corn chip flavor.

That’s it!  Serve in bowls, garnish with sour cream and more crushed tortilla chips & Enjoy!

Chicken Tortilla Soup in a bowl with sour cream on top and tortilla chips on side. It's quick, it's easy, it's delicious AND...it's an all-in-one balanced dish because I have added KALE! Done in 30 minutes!
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5-Ingredient Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Chicken Tortilla Soup is quick, it's easy, it's delicious AND...it's an all-in-one balanced dish because I have added KALE!  Done in 30 minutes, this soup will become your new favorite 🙂

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken, tortilla soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 385 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 2 tbsp Chicken Base (Better than Bouillon)
  • 6 cups Water
  • 2 tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • 3 cups Kale, finely sliced
  • 1 cup Tortilla Chips, crushed
  • 4 Scallions

Instructions

  1. Clean the Kale, remove the stems and thin-slice it making sure there are no large pieces that are difficult to scoop with a spoon in the soup.  Dice the scallions.  Crush the tortilla chips.

  2. Bring a medium pot of water, about 5 cups of water, with the scallions (save some of the greens for garnish if you desire) 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp fresh ground pepper, up to a boil.  Add the chicken breasts and boil for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. 

    Chicken boiling in pot for Chicken Tortilla Soup. It's quick, it's easy, it's delicious AND...it's an all-in-one balanced dish because I have added KALE! Done in 30 minutes!
  3. Remove chicken to a bowl and put in fridge to cool down.  While the chicken is cooling, whisk into the chicken liquid (now broth) 1/2 of a packet or 1 heaping teaspoon of your favorite taco seasoning.  Taste for seasoning and add more taco seasoning as needed (depends on how much cooking liquid you have in the pot and how spicy you want it).

    Cooked Chicken in bowl for Chicken Tortilla Soup. It's quick, it's easy, it's delicious AND...it's an all-in-one balanced dish because I have added KALE! Done in 30 minutes!
  4. Once cooled, shred the chicken with fingers into small, bite size pieces.

    Shredded Chicken in bowl for Chicken Tortilla Soup. It's quick, it's easy, it's delicious AND...it's an all-in-one balanced dish because I have added KALE! Done in 30 minutes!
  5. Add the chicken and Kale to the soup liquid and bring back to a light boil for 5 minutes.  Add 1/2 cup of the crushed tortilla chips and stir.  Cook for another 5 minutes.

  6. Serve, garnish and enjoy!

    Chicken Tortilla Soup in a bowl with sour cream on top. It's quick, it's easy, it's delicious AND...it's an all-in-one balanced dish because I have added KALE! Done in 30 minutes!