My blog and my life has been full of yummy treats recently. Well, this was bound to happen since family is visiting and I do not want to miss any opportunity to whip up their favorite treats. Actually now I realize that how much I miss this, I mean I keep baking stuff and sending it to hubby’s office but the happiness you get when your parents and siblings eat your food and love it – that just cannot be matched in my opinion. I love to feed people and living alone here, that’s something I rarely get to do. And so when I get an opportunity I jump onto it! Yummy treats obviously means that I have gulping down thousands of calories! Urgh!
So in order to get myself back on track I made this quick Quinoa Kale Salad. And you know what the best part about this salad was? Sriracha Almond! I got introduced to Sriracha pretty late but ever since, I have been hooked to this hot sauce. So imagine my excitement when I was given an opportunity to taste Blue Diamond Almonds new flavor – Sriracha flavored almonds! This stuff is so good, I couldn’t stop snacking on them. Nuts, especially almonds are actually one of my favorite things to snack on and when you add sriracha to it, well then it becomes like the best snack EVER!
This quinoa kale salad comes together very quickly. All you need to do is cook some quinoa and while that is cooking chop the kale, beans, apple, bell pepper and get your dressing ready. Quinoa takes around 15 minutes to cook and once that’s done just mix in everything, top with Blue Diamond Sriracha Almonds and enjoy. So easy! My mom and dad who have never had quinoa before love this salad and they said the best part about it was almonds! I couldn’t agree more.
I feel like adding these almonds to all my recipes because they are just so flavorful. And guys this stuff is addictive, I had a hard time while clicking pictures. I was constantly snacking on them and at one point I had to force myself to stop or there wouldn’t be any left to be used in the recipe!
* To make this salad vegan, skip the mayonnaise and use maple syrup in the dressing.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. All opinions expressed are my own.
Quinoa & Kale Salad with Sriracha Almond
- 1.5 cups cooked quinoa
- 1 apple small, cut into pieces
- 5-6 green beans chopped
- ¾ cup kale leaves chopped & firmly packed
- ¼ of large orange bell pepper chopped
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 2-3 tablespoons almonds [I used blue diamond sriracha almond]
- 1.5 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Cook quinoa as per instructions on the package and set aside. We need 1.5 cups of cooked quinoa for this recipe.
- While the quinoa is cooking, chop the apples, bell pepper, green beans and kale leaves.
- Once the quinoa is cooked transfer it to a large bowl and add all the chopped ingredients to it, Also add the cranberries.
- Make the dressing my mixing together honey/maple syrup, mayonnaise, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a mason jar. Shake the jar so that everything is well combined.
- Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
- Top with sriracha almonds and serve immediately.
36 thoughts on “Quinoa Kale Salad with Sriracha Almond”
That salad looks delicious! I love the combination of quinoa and kale, the textures of the two go so so well together. I’ve never had sriracha almonds, they sound divine and definitely something I need to try. Perfect addition to an already awesome salad! X
Thank you Teffy! the sriracha almonds are really yum!
So glad you’re having a great time with your family, Manali! What a gorgeous salad! Those Sriracha almonds are sooo addictive and they sound perfect in here!
The sriracha almonds are really addictive, I can’t have enough! Thanks Kelly!
OK, I am seeing these Blue Diamond Sriracha Almonds everywhere. . and this might be the best recipe so far!!! I love this salad!!! and need to get my hands on those almonds!
Thanks Alice, you need to try these almonds! so good!
The salad must be very tasty and full of crunchiness because of those awesome sriracha almonds.
The almonds were the best part about the salad! Thanks Angie!
This looks so good Manali!! I am loving these sriracha almonds too!
Thanks Ami! Aren’t they awesome?!
Oh wow! This looks so good. I love almonds and the siracha flavor sounds like an awesome addition to an already awesome combination.
Thanks Rachel! the sriracha flavored almonds are awesome!
First, I love almonds for every day snacking and second, I kale and quinoa on my plate always make me very happy 🙂 I can’t eat mayo, so I will sure try the the vegan version 🙂
I snack on almonds every day Savita and the srircha flavored almonds are so awesome!
Yum… I love quiona.. looks so good. I need to try those almond siracha things… gonna go get some this weekend. 🙂
This is the perfect way to get back on track, and I need to try those almonds! This looks delicious, Manali! 🙂
These almonds are my current favorite snack! Love them! Great salad!
I know my favorite too! Thanks Mira!