Bikini friendly, meal prep friendly, beach friendly and bursting with flavor.
This fresh California Chopped Kale Salad combines everything I love into one giant bowl of health. Warm weather, sun kissed skin, toes in the sand and plants on plants on plants.
Okay maybe a little champagne too… that sounds like the perfect day!
California-inspired, its lean, clean and green with a whole lotta crunch, all the veggies and a subtle hint of sweetness from flaked coconut and juicy grapes, in each and every bite. Does that not sound heavenly?! Chopped salads are THE best. You get a little bit of everything in each bite, rather than a mouthful of dry kale here and there, which is what turns people off from kale in the first place. But nope, not here. All ingredients are similar in size to love on your tastebuds at every forkful.
A real crowd-pleaser, for sure and perfect for all your summer festivities.
Powered with quinoa, chopped kale, protein-rich edamame, diced bell peppers, hydrating grapes, sweet corn, finely shredded carrots, crunchy pecans, flaked coconut and fresh cilantro. Me oh my! You won’t even notice the whopping 3 cups of shredded kale because it only gets better with time.
Yep, THE KALE GETS BETTER.
The fresh ingredients and flavors overpower the kale while the dressing softens it. Not that you always want to overpower the taste of kale, (I personally love it now) but there are times when a salad doesn’t sound good… this recipe instantly changes that!
Since we can’t always have champagne with lunch, I figured the next best thing was to make a simple champagne vinaigrette to enhance the flavors and keep it light rather than incorporate a heavy dressing. There’s a time and place for creamier dressings but this salad does not need it! So whisk up my simple homemade dressing and call it a day.
This California Chopped Kale Salad can be eaten cold or slightly warm ? either way is absolutely delicious. A cold bowl for lunch or a warm bowl for dinner. All you do is cook the quinoa, chop the kale in a big bowl using kitchen scissors, shred the bell pepper and carrot in a food processor (or chop it real quick) add in the coconut, pecans, corn, edamame and grapes, then mix everything together. Whisk the dressing ingredients together, pour it over your big bowl of goodness. That?s it!
In under 30 minutes you’re left with a filling, nourishing, absolutely delicious meal for lunches during the week, summer parties, beach days and beyond.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated.
Make this Chopped Salad along with my Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers and Lemon Coconut Energy Balls for snacks, and you’re set for the whole week!Print
California Chopped Kale Salad
- Prep Time: 25
- Total Time: 15
- Yield: 6-8 1x
- Category: Salad
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Healthy
California Chopped Kale Salad. Vegan, Gluten Free. Quinoa, kale and all the veggies, plus flaked coconut & juicy grapes with a champagne vinaigrette.
- 1 cup quinoa, uncooked (or 3 cups cooked)
- 3 cups de-stemmed kale, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, diced (any color; I used green)
- 1 cup finely shredded carrots
- 1 cup edamame (or chickpeas, etc.)
- 1 cup sliced grapes
- 1/2 cup sweet corn
- 1/2 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup crushed pecans
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- 2.5 tablespoons champagne vinegar (or wine vinegar)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 3 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons chopped shallot
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- In a medium sized pot, combine 2 cups of water with 1 cup of quinoa and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy.
- In a large salad bowl, add the kale and chop it up with kitchen scissors.
- In a food processor, pulse the bell pepper and carrots until finely shredded. Add into the bowl of kale. Then add the rest of the salad ingredients and mix well.
- Prepare the dressing by whisking all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl, or blending them in a small food processor.
- Pour the dressing over the salad, mix and enjoy!
- Stays fresh in the refrigerator for 4-5 days, even with the dressing on.
- Can replace quinoa with brown rice, etc.
- Add any additional veggies you like!
- Serving Size: 5
Keywords: california salad, chopped vegan sald, chopped salad recipe, vegan kale salad, vegan summer salad, kale quinoa salad
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I made this and was sure my picky daughter wouldn’t like it. She ate it and loved it! Then tonight I was making a dinner rotation and my older daughter said don’t forget that quinoa salad you made last week! All three of my girls enjoyed it, and I thought it was fabulous! The blending of so many tastes all in one. Thank you!
Perfect for someone who is new to eating so clean— delicious! Hubs and I gobbled up our portions for lunch. Went back for seconds, and it was even good without any dressing!
What is the serving size the nutrition facts are for?
This salad was amazing. I didn’t have a few ingredients like corn and coconut flakes but I had everything else and didn’t want to wait. It was delicious. I ate two servings! Thank you for this recipe!
Found this salad on pinterest, and it’s such a good combination of things I wouldn’t have thought to combine. Thanks also for the lovely dressing that’s not filled with oil!
Made this for an office luncheon….tripled the recipe…..amazing. None of it was left!
Oh yay!! That’s amazing and makes my heart so happy, thanks Laura!
Fantastic salad. It kept for several days in the fridge which surprised me.
Next time I make it I will decrease the quinoa and increase the kale. I added cucumbers too, which was a wonderful addition.
Fantastic Salad! Thanks so much, it will be part of the rotation moving forward for sure!
I love salads. I could live off salads. Looks delish Shannon! Can’t wait for to make it. Perfect for summer or anytime really. Thanks for sharing!!!