Before putting this salad together for you, I decided the project needed a little market research. "I say the phrase 'kale and quinoa salad' — quick, what springs to mind?" I asked a gaggle of friends and food-lovers on Facebook. "Yoga pants. Namaste." said one (who happens to live in the granola paradise of Vancouver). "Favorite foods," said an always exuberant friend in Santa Barbara. Others were not so enthusiastic. "Add bacon," I was advised. "Hold the kale!" implored another. "Cautious optimism" said not one but two people.
At least no one said "hipster hell." Kale and quinoa are two of the trendiest pieces of the modern stereotypically healthy diet, but that really isn't their fault. Let me help you pack more of both into your day with this filling, nutritious lunch salad that will put you squarely in the "favorite foods" camp.