Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that you can’t have some tasty salads! This has to be one of my favourite winter salads using apples, pomegranate and kale, all of which are still readily available in the colder months. Kale makes a surprisingly good base for salads and when you pile on quality ingredients like apples, pomegranate, walnuts and feta things just keep getting better. I like to bulk this salad out with the addition of quinoa making it a nice light meal that is just packed with healthy ingredients. For the dressing I like to go with a simple maple dijon vinaigrette spiked with a touch of curry far a hint of the exotic that goes perfectly with apples.
Doesn’t it look pretty all nicely arranged in the bowl? Of course you have to mix it all up at some point!
Apple and Pomegranate Quinoa and Kale Salad with Feta in a Curried Maple Dijon Dressing
A winter apple and kale salad with quinoa, pomegranate, feta and walnuts in a curried maple dijon vinaigrette.
- 1/3 cup quinoa, rinsed
- 1/2 cup water
- 6 cups kale, finely sliced
- 1 large apple, finely sliced or diced
- 1/4 cup pomegranate
- 1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup feta, crumbled
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- Bring the quinoa and water to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the water is absorbed, about 15 minute, turn the heat off and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the remaining ingredients.
- Toss the kale, quinoa, pomegranate, walnuts and feta with the mixture of the vinegar, oil, garlic, maple syrup, dijon mustard, curry powder, salt and pepper.
Option: Replace the feta with aged white cheddar cheese or a mild blue cheese or goat cheese.
Option: Replace the walnuts with pecans.
Option: Omit the curry powder.
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Katrina @ WVS says
I love that curried maple Dijon!! This salad is killer!
It is gorgeous and the curried dressing sound perfect! Happy New Year, Kevin!
These colors are just gorgeous, and the dressing sounds amazing!!
Girl With Chalk says
Looks AMAZING! 🙂
Billie Mercer says
One of my New Year's Resolutions was to try some new grains and seeds in my diet. Quinoa was at the top of my list and then I see this recipe. Perfect! It looks beautiful.
Nippon Nin says
I think this is very pretty salad. Great photos and I love all the ingredients,
This is totally my kind of salad!! So pretty!
Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says
With the new year and all, you know I could devour this every single day!
That was a new dish that i heard in the recent times. Would give a try and taste it by this week end… Would comment you after preparing those!!!! Thanks..
Irene Walton says
You are starting this New Year with a healthy and fresh recipe. Thanks for sharing with us. And recipe's photos are so great. I think that how much yummy this food.
A SPICY PERSPECTIVE says
Oh what a beautiful salad! I love adding apples to salads for add crunch and sweetness!
served this salad to my girlfriends and we all thought it met our expectations and more. Delicious, healthy and tasty.
Cuanta cosa rica.
Looks so refreshing and tasty!
Lisa @ Je suis alimentageuse says
Wow that dressing sounds so intriguing! Sweet, spicy, and curried =O I'll have to try this. I'll be sharing this on my blog's facebook page tomorrow!
Just made this, and i have to say that this is so delicous, I want to eat the whole bowl!
Nancie Lewis says
Just tried this – I know, I'm late to the party – absolutely delicious! I made a triple batch of the dressing as it's my new favorite. Perfect Meatless Monday lunch! Thanks, Kevin!
Wow, this looks amazing! I think I will skip the dressing. The salad will stand on its own.
Unknown: This salad is great, with or without the dressing!
Rex Hutcheson says
We liked this salad a lot.
Absolutely wonderful! If you were serving this, say, as part of a holiday meal, what would you pair it with?