Mediterranean Salad with Kale & Quinoa

August 23, 2016 — 1 comment

This Mediterranean Salad with Kale & Quinoa tastes just like the one served at Panera Bread. It's easy to make at home and is full of good-for-you ingredients like kale, quinoa, and almonds.

Sometimes I feel like lunch is my enemy. I sit down every weekend and plan out meals for the upcoming week. Breakfast is easy and practically takes care of itself, and I put a lot of thought into dinner. But I just kind of gloss over lunch, maybe because it’s just me and a couple of little ones at home in the afternoon. And every single day when lunch time rolls around, I scratch my head and think, “What now?” And I end up eating either whatever I’m serving my kids or whatever I can find in the fridge/freezer/pantry. So basically, either completely unsatisfying or completely unhealthy. But this mediterranean salad is going to save me from the lunch time blues. It’s my new favorite toss-together lunch idea, and it is satisfying AND healthy AND completely delicious.

My husband ordered a similar salad from Panera Bread a few weeks ago, and we both fell in love with it after the first bite. I decided to try and recreate it at home, and discovered that this tasty mediterranean salad is ready in a snap. A bed of chopped leafy greens makes a base for veggies, quinoa, and delicious mediterranean toppings. And an herby, homemade Greek dressings tops it all off. It’s fresh, light, and full of great flavors and textures. Good-bye, sad lunch!

This Mediterranean Salad with Kale & Quinoa tastes just like the one served at Panera Bread. It's easy to make at home and is full of good-for-you ingredients like kale, quinoa, and almonds.

Mediterranean Salad with Kale & Quinoa
 
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This delicious and healthy salad tastes just like my favorite salad at Panera Bread. The dressing recipe is adapted from All Recipes. The instructions are for a single serving, but it's easy to make more for the whole family.
Serves: 1
Ingredients
for the greek dressing
  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1½ teaspoons dijon mustard
for the salad
  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup baby kale
  • diced cucumber
  • ½ cup cooked and cooled quinoa
  • kalamata olives
  • finely minced sundried tomatoes
  • roasted, sliced almonds
  • crumbled feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a pint-sized mason jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake vigorously until dressing is combined. Shake as needed before serving.
  2. To make the salad, layer the ingredients on a plate in the order listed. Where no amount is given, add as much or as little of the ingredients as you wish. Drizzle with 2 Tablespoons greek dressing, and enjoy!

 

This Mediterranean Salad with Kale & Quinoa tastes just like the one served at Panera Bread. It's easy to make at home and is full of good-for-you ingredients like kale, quinoa, and almonds.