Quinoa Kale Salad with Carrot Coriander Vinaigrette

Quinoa Kale Salad with Carrot Coriander Vinaigrette

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Rating:
This salad feels just like spring — the winter-long bunch of kale with its new blossoms.


  • Dressing:
  • 2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds
  • 2 cups carrot juice
  • 1 shallot, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup mild vinegar, such as sherry or champaigne
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • salt & pepper
  • Salad:
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • a bunch kale (flowering kale, also sold is kale raab, is nice if you can find it), chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 4-5 eggs
  • 1 large handful toasted pine nuts or almonds


To make the dressing: Heat a medium pot over a medium heat. Add the coriander seeds, and dry-toast, shaking the pot occasionally, until they become fragrant, ~3 minutes. Pour in the carrot juice and the shallot, raise the heat until it boils, then reduce to a simmer. Cook, scraping the sides once or twice so they don't scorch, until the carrot juice reduces to just 1/4 cup, ~15-20 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Pour the mixture into a blender, along with the vinegar and olive oil, and blitz until the shallot is pureed and the mixture is emulsified. Add the cilantro, whir to combine, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

To make the rest of the salad: Bring 3 cups of salted water to a boil. Add the quinoa, and reduce heat until it's just high enough to maintain a simmer. Cover, and simmer for 10 minutes, then add the kale and recover. Cook together for another 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. If you prefer, you can also cook the kale separately (which requires a bit more fussing, but does a better job of preserving its bright green color and gives you more control over the cooking process): bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add the kale and cook for a minute or two, until it turns bright green and crisp-tender. Drain the pot, and shock the kale in cold water to shock the cooking. Drain and set aside.

While the quinoa is cooking, place the eggs in a small pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat, cover, and let sit for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, cool off the eggs with cold water, then peel and set aside.

To serve, mound the quinoa and kale in individual bowls or a serving bowl. Break the eggs into rough pieces with your hands, and scatter them over the top, along with the nuts. Dress generously, and dig in.