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Kale Quinoa Apple Salad {Paleo, Whole30, GF, DF}

Sweet from the apple, crunchy from the kale and pumpkin seeds + filling from the quinoa...this is the perfect fall salad! It even has sage to make this salad really feel like fall! Not only is it delicious + satisfying it's super healthy! A great salad to make ahead and eat throughout the week or even add a little extra protein and make it a hearty meal!

Omit Honey for Whole30
Author: Alicia Raymond


  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (sprouted or soaked preferred)
  • 1 cup bone broth or water
  • 12-15 sm.-med. stems curly kale
  • s + p
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 cup diced apple (I used Honeycrisp). Can also add more apple, if preferred.
  • 7 stems fresh sage, fried in a little coconut oil*
  • 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds** (+ more for top, if desired)


  • Bring quinoa, broth/water + a dash of salt to a rapid boil, stir.
  • Simmer for about 15 minutes until cooked. Remove from heat, let sit with the lid on for 5 minutes. Remove lid and fluff with fork. Set aside with lid off to cool.
  • Meanwhile, de-stem kale + tear into bite-sized pieces into a bowl. Salt + pepper the kale well.
  • To make the dressing, whisk evoo, garlic, + honey well.
  • Pour about 1/2 the dressing over the kale and massage kale with hands for about a minute.
  • Place diced apple, quinoa + toasted pumpkin seeds over kale. Crinkle or chop fried sage leaves and place in bowl as well (can also reserve some for on top of salad).
  • Poor over the rest of the dressing and stir well. Taste + season. Top with more pumpkin seeds + sage, if desired. Enjoy!


*For direction on how to pan fry sage see this post. You can also add any leftover oil from the frying pan to the dressing...extra flavor:)!
**To toast pumkin seeds heat a dry pan over medium heat. Add the seeds + stir occasionally. Remove pan from heat when seeds start to "pop". Remove seeds from pan and let rest on a plate. 
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Celtic Sea Salt
Sprouted Quinoa
Apple Cider Vinegar
Pumkin Seeds
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