High Protein Onion, Quinoa and Kale Salad

High Protein Salad by National Onion Association

High Protein Onion, Quinoa and Kale Salad

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes


6 people

A high protein salad, like this Onion, Quinoa and Kale version, can power you through a long day and help recover from your most intense workout sessions!

This delicious, and colorful, salad demonstrates that a healthier diet can be packed with flavor and nutrition.


Recipe and image provided by the National Onion Association.


  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon honey Dijon mustard
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups tri-color quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 white onion, sliced
  • 3 cups chopped kale, ribs removed and discarded
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 red skinned apple, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


For the Dressing

  • 1 Whisk the vinegar with the oil, lemon juice, honey and mustard until well combined. Set aside.

For the Salad

  • 1 Bring the broth and quinoa to a boil. Simmer, covered, for 12 to 15 minutes or until all the broth has been absorbed. Cool completely.
  • 2 In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Sauté onion for 3 to 5 minutes or until softened. Cool completely.
  • 3 In a large bowl toss onion, kale, chicken, apple, salt, and pepper with prepared dressing. Stir in the cooled quinoa. Makes 6 Servings.


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