Salmon & Kale Quinoa Salad

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Life, it’s one funny SOB. Three days ago I was sitting on the streets of Cannes, sipping a French cafe, eating a flaky, buttery croissant. The sun was beaming down on my shoulders and I was so unbelievably happy I felt like I could explode. Then two days ago I was sitting first class on a flight back from Nice, right next to Sasha Baron Cohen, sipping free champagne, laughing about life.


And then flash forward to today. I’m eating $2 donuts from the store, crying because I can’t log into my stupid Twitter account, sitting amongst piles of boxes and clutter since we’re moving out in two weeks. Can I go back to my life just a few days ago? Because the one I’m in right now sort of…blows. But, that’s what keeps things exciting I suppose. If my life was all diamonds, trips and rose I guess I’d eventually get sick of it. (Or so I tell myself, I’m pretty sure I’d adjust just fine). The one thing I’m happy to be back to though is healthy food. I don’t know how the French stay so svelte because all they eat is steak, fries and croissants and drink ATON of red wine. I think I’ll need to eat one salmon & kale quinoa salad everyday until I move to Paris just so I can offset all of the weight I’ll gain living there.

Salmon salad

I made an entire batch of this (enough to easily feed 6) and I’m sure I ate 4 servings myself. Fun of fiber, healthy fats and protein, this stuff is as healthy as it is freakin’ delicious.

Salmon kale quinoa salad

Can we talk about France again? The one thing I noticed is that they don’t have a ton of grains, like quinoa, barley, rice, on their menus. Even when I was in Paris, all I saw were mostly pastas, breads, meats and salads. I’m sure they have quinoa hiding somewhere in their world, but it’s not very obvious to me. When the day comes that I move (notice I say WHEN and not IF), I’m going to have to beg Bob to send me boxes upon boxes just so I can satisfy my obsession with this superfood.

Quinoa salad

The great thing about this salad is that you can sub in whatever you want in place of what I have. If you don’t like salmon, add tuna or shrimp. Replace the kale with any other vegetable. It really doesn’t matter. No matter how you eat it, it’ll taste amazing.

It’s no croissant but it’ll do.

Salmon & Kale Quinoa Salad

Kale salmon salad


Serves about 6.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: About 15 minutes


For the salad:

  • 8.5 ounces salmon filet, cooked and shredded
  • About 4 cups kale leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • About 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese

For the dressing: 

  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Bring the four cups of water to a boil. Add quinoa. Lower heat and cover and cook for about 15 – 20 minutes, stirring sporadically, until all of the liquid has been absorbed. 
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil. Add garlic and cook until slightly fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add kale leaves and cook until wilted, about 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and stir into the quinoa. Add fish, chopped artichokes, pine nuts and cheese, stir to combine.
  3. To make the dressing, whisk the vinegar, olive oil, honey and salt and pepper. Pour over the salad and mix to combine. Serve immediately.

Nutritional information per 1/2 cup: 

Calories: 312
Fat: 12.2 grams
Carbohydrates: 30.1 grams
Fiber: 5 grams
Protein: 16 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 7

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  1. Monday, May 20th, 2013
    Wow, sounds like you had an incredible last few days! I still don't understand how the French do it... I guess they practice a bit more portion control? Anyway, until I do, I should start eating more like this! Such a flavorful, delicious looking salad, Claire!
  2. Monday, May 20th, 2013
    So jelly of your trip to Cannes! It's on my bucket list! And this salmon kale salad, love!
  3. Posted by Liz @ The Lemon Bowl on
    Monday, May 20th, 2013
    YOU SAT ON THE PLANE NEXT TO HIM?!?!?! Shut the front door!!!!
  4. Monday, May 20th, 2013
    i dont like how French have all the best food, bread, wine, cheese and yet not gain an ounce. Not fair. On a different note - i would need to eat more of these kind of healthy wholesome meal twice a day two keep up with their wine and cheese occasionally.
  5. Monday, May 20th, 2013
    I miss France! So awesome that you got to go. And moving suck so much, always more work than you expect. Love this fabulous meal, at least you have that :)
  6. Posted by Kathryn on
    Monday, May 20th, 2013
    That's true...I've never ever seen grains like quinoa either in the shops or in restaurants. I will definitely have to keep an eye out when I'm there in the summer. There are a couple of good books about how the French eat but don't get fat - apparently it's because they go for quality rather than quantity. A lesson I need to learn...
  7. Monday, May 20th, 2013
    Oh you have me jonesing for a trip to France again, lady (it's been waaaaaay too long!). And I hear you -- that transition back home after an amazing trip can be a serious downer. But! This quinoa salad looks delicious and if I came home to a big ol' bowl of this, I'd be one happy gal!
  8. Monday, May 20th, 2013
    YUM! Such simple flavors but I am sure the taste is incredible!
  9. Posted by Laura (Tutti Dolci) on
    Monday, May 20th, 2013
    I loved all your photos on IG, Cannes is now on my travel list! Love this salad!
  10. Monday, May 20th, 2013
    This looks wonderful and so right up my alley!
  11. Posted by ボールペン on
    Friday, November 15th, 2013
    万年筆 選び方
  12. Posted by Alyssa on
    Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
    I stumbled accross your blog by searching for places to buy kale in Cannes haha, good find. I'm from Cannes and recently moved to London and I can assure you, French people do get fat if they only eat in restaurants and stuff themselves with bread, wine and cheese. As for quinoa, I've been eating it for a few years now, we can find it in supermarkets but it goes unnoticed next to the tons of types of rice and pasta. It is true though that it is not something you'll find in a restaurants, more in a salad bar or in special organic/healthy restaurants. I'm going to try that salad of yours, because it looks absolutely delicious!
  13. Posted by Michael on
    Thursday, November 20th, 2014
    The French take the time to savor their food with good conversation added. You don't often see them rushing down the side walk stuffing a hot dog into their mouths while on the phone. It is how you eat as much as what you eat. When I visited a vendor in Montreal once we were all working hard all morning. Lunch came and they invited me and i said "No I'll just order and eat at my desk while I work". They looked aghast and insisted I join them. 1 1/2 hour lunch, no work talk, savored food, a glass of wine, returned refreshed. I think the secret is in the how not the what.