Vegan kale, quinoa, and mango salad
Cuisine: Vegan
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 40 mins
A hearty vegan salad made with kale, quinoa, and mangos. Endless variations possible.
  • ¾ cup light olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons red chili flakes (or more/less to taste)
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 6 fat cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 bunch of kale, torn up into bit-size pieces, stems discarded ("A bunch" varies, but you can get away with 5 oz of kale to almost 1 lb of kale. I usually use about 5-6 oz.)
  • ½ half onion, sliced (red, yellow, doesn't matter, but use something with some heat)
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup corn
  • 1 bunch of green onions, roughly chopped
  • ⅓ cup roasted and shelled pumpkin seeds (sunflower seeds, chopped pecans/walnuts/cashews/peanuts all work well)
  • 10 oz frozen or fresh mangos, cubed (frozen is easier and totally fine for this salad)
  • 1 cup shelled edamame (frozen is cool)
Cook quinoa
  1. Cook the quinoa according to package directions. 1 cup of dried quinoa should be rinsed before being simmered with 2 cups of water for about 20 minutes. It's okay to slightly undercook the quinoa (15 minutes or hold back on a little water) because it will absorb the dressing and add chewy texture. It will yield about 3 cups cooked quinoa. Let the quinoa cool before adding to salad.
Make dressing
  1. Basically, combine all ingredients in your salad bowl and whisk with a fork or a whisk to combine. Taste and adjust based on your preference.
Combine salad parts
  1. It's best to slice onions first and put them in the dressing, letting them chillax as you chop up/prepare the rest of the salad ingredients. It's good to do with this the onions first, letting the dressing absorb the onioniness and letting the onions mellow and break down in the acid of the dressing. It's like a quick pickle for the onions.
  2. Add in kale and toss thoroughly to coat. No massaging needed. But I mean, you can if you want.
  3. Toss in rest of the ingredients, including cooled quinoa. Mango doesn't have to be defrosted much. Combine well and serve
Recipe by heo yeah yum at