Quinoa-Kale Salad with Fresh Apricots

We love this delicious and hearty salad found in Runner’s World Magazine. It’s quick to make, good for you and tastes great! Visit their site for details on specific health benefits.


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons course-grain Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup plain low-fat kefir
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups finely chopped, washed kale
  • 1 can (15 to 16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted and diced fresh apricots (about 4 medium) or 1 cup dried apricots, diced
  • 1/4 red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro


  • Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add quinoa and toast until fragrant and slightly darker in color, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the water, cover, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, and continue to simmer until water is absorbed and quinoa is cooked, about 20 minutes. Cool quinoa to lukewarm.
  • Make the dressing by whisking the garlic, cumin, mustard, kefir, pepper, and salt. Slowly whisk in the oil.
  • Place remaining ingredients—kale, kidney beans, apricots, onion, and cilantro—in a large bowl.
  • Add quinoa and the dressing.
  • Toss to coat and serve.

Makes 4 servings.


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