Kale, Cashew & Quinoa Salad

By: Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN

Fresh salads with texture are one of my favorite things to make. The combination of kale, apple, cashews, and carrots give this salad recipe a perfect healthy crunch. Beyond the satisfying crunch, you’ll enjoy tons of nutrients including A, C, E and K vitamins, electrolytes, and even protein thanks to the cashews and quinoa.
Feel free to add different herbs and spices, nuts and vegetables like butternut squash to enhance the flavor and, of course, the texture.

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For salad:

  • 1 bunch of lacinato/dinosaur kale (Tuscan cabbage)
  • 1 medium apple, cored and diced
  • 3 tbsp cashews
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 avocado
  • 2/3 cup cooked quinoa

For dressing:

  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4-5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juice only


1. Wash all produce well.
2. Remove kale leaves from stems and tear into bite-sized pieces.
3. Remove core from apple, peel carrots, and dice both into small pieces.
4. Cut avocado into cubes.
5. Add all dry ingredients into large bowl.
6. In a smaller bowl, combine dressing ingredients and mix well.
7. Add dressing over the salad mixture and toss well until evenly coated.
8. Serve and enjoy!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4

  • Nutrition per serving:
  • Calories350
  • Fat25g
  • Saturated Fat3.5g
  • Cholesterol0mg
  • Sodium70mg
  • Carbohydrates32g
  • Fiber8g
  • Sugars7g
  • Protein 7g

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

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Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN

Isabel is a Registered Dietitian, wellness expert and fitness coach. Isabel has her own nutrition and wellness practice based in New York City, Isabel Smith Nutrition, but she works with clients and corporations both nationwide and worldwide in a variety of areas including skin health, weight loss, gastrointestinal issues and allergies, sports nutrition, general wellness and more. As a Guided Reboot coach, Isabel has helped hundreds juice their way to better health. When she isn’t helping clients achieve optimal nutrition and wellness, she can be found trying and creating new juices and making other healthy recipes, running, cooking, spinning, practicing yoga, and enjoying time with her two Yorkshire terriers. Isabel is also one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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