This is the most delicious Strawberry Quinoa Salad made with massaged kale, fresh strawberries, quinoa, cucumber, feta cheese, a delicious creamy balsamic dressing, and a Salad Pizazz!® Salad Topper!
Salad Pizazz Salad Topper
If you’ve never tried a Salad Pizazz Salad Topper, now is the time! We love having this product in our pantry for easy access to flavor and nutrition. There are a variety of flavors from sweet to savory to spicy to extra crunchy! Not only can you add flavor and crunch to salads, but you can also eat them on…
- baked goods
Honestly, I eat Salad Pizazz right out of the bag because it’s such a great stand-alone snack that’s packed with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and other spices and flavors!
The flavor we are using in today’s strawberry quinoa salad is: dried strawberry flavored cranberries, honey roasted pecans, walnuts, and almonds. It adds the perfect sweetness and crunch to the top of this salad, you don’t want to skip it!
Strawberry Quinoa Salad Ingredients
We love every part of this quinoa salad recipe because it was carefully crafted to mix sweet and savory flavors and also provide for a healthy, filling plant-based meal!
- Quinoa – any color quinoa works, but we love contrast white quinoa adds to this salad.
- Kale – don’t love kale? Skip it. Or, add in arugula before serving!
- Strawberries – the fresher the better when it comes to strawberries.
- Cucumber – cucumber adds great crunch, You will love it.
- Basil – we love adding in a fresh herb to our quinoa salad. Try using parsley instead of basil or even oregano!
- Feta Cheese – Want to keep this recipe 100% plant-based? Skip the feta!
- Red Onion – a little bit of onion goes a long way.
- Salad Pizazz Salad Topper – dump an entire bag right in. That’s right, the whole thing!
ways to cook quinoa
Not a pro at cooking quinoa yet? We have a handful of easy tutorials on how to cook the perfect quinoa.
Best Creamy Balsamic Dressing
The key to an amazing salad is a delicious homemade dressing. You are going to love this creamy balsamic. It’s made with a secret ingredient…hummus!
- olive oil
- balsamic vinegar
- maple syrup
- lemon juice
- minced garlic
Store strawberry quinoa salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
For longer-lasting results, we suggest adding the strawberries fresh before serving or they might get a little soggy.
Strawberry and Kale Quinoa Salad
- 1 cup white quinoa uncooked
- 2 cups water
- 4 cups raw kale deboned and chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pint fresh strawberries sliced
- 1 large cucumber chunked
- 1/2 cup minced red onion
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
- 4 oz. feta crumbles
- Salad Pizazz Salad Topper dried strawberry flavored cranberries and honey roasted pecans, walnuts, and almonds
- 3 tablespoons hummus
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- First, prepare quinoa. In a medium pot, bring quinoa and water to a boil. Once boiling, turn to low and cover. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until quinoa is fully cooked. Set aside to cool for at least 15 minutes. Option to make ahead or chill in the refrigerator.
- Next, prepare salad dressing. Place all ingredients into a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
- Next, prepare strawberry quinoa salad. Place kale into a large salad bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Use your hands to massage the kale in order to make it lighter and brighter in color and easier to digest.
- Add strawberries, cucumber, onion, basil, and feta crumbles to the salad bowl and toss to combine. Then, add cooled quinoa and toss again. Add in the full Salad Pizazz bag and toss one more time.
- Finally, drizzle quinoa salad with dressing and toss to make sure everything is fully coated.
- Place salad in the refrigerator to chill and served cold.
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This was absolutely DELISHHH!!!! Although, I don’t think I stored it away properly because the next day it tasted kind of like vomit. 🥲 so sad. I put it in a bowl with plastic wrap over it… So maybe not the move 🙁 would love to make again but wondering what I should do differently so this doesn’t happen again.
Also, I was inpatient and didn’t let the quinoa cook fully prior to adding it to the salad…
Oh no! This has never happened to me and I’ve stored this in the fridge for a few nights. Maybe you had bad strawberries?
My Aunt made this for our 4th of July celebration, she was too tired for the dressing, and adapted it to our family’s allergies by using sunflower seeds as crunch instead of the pizzaz. She included blueberries and strawberry vinaigrette and I am in love! I will use the original dressing in my iteration and I am sure to be just as enthused. This will be my summer go to this year as I have been looking for a hearty salad recipe.
Love this salad! I used greek yogurt as a substitute for hummus and it worked great!
This salad is so good that I ate it for breakfast one day! Lol
Salad for breakfast is a staple in the Fit Foodie kitchen!