Kale Caesar Quinoa Bowl - Slender Kitchen

Kale Caesar Quinoa Bowl

By Kristen Mccaffrey
adapted from: cookinglight.com
Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™
(9 PointsPlus®)

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A hearty Kale Caesar Quinoa Bowl that is packed with flavor without all the fat and calories of a normal Caesar dressing.

This quinoa bowl, it's seriously my favorite thing for lunch lately. Hearty quinoa, crunchy kale, and a creamy homemade Caesar inspired dressing that I am happy to drizzle over almost anything. It makes a delicious vegetarian entree or can be paired up with some roasted chicken, shrimp, or steak. Tofu or chickpeas are also a great addition if you are looking to add some extra protein. Plus since it keeps great in the fridge, you can make up a big batch and have it all week for quick meals.

Also if you love Caesar dressing, this is a great dressing recipe to have on hand. It's made with reduced calorie mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. It's garlicky, peppery, and in my opinion has just the right amount of creaminess from the mayonnaise. A few readers have asked about substituting yogurt for the mayo. While it works, it won't be as creamy and will be a bit more tart. Sour cream may work better but I haven't had a chance to try it yet. And if you love anchovies in your Caesar dressing, you could definitely add a couple as well.

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  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 tbsp. hot water
  • 2 tbsp. reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 1.5 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup black olives, diced (I used Kalamata)
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 U garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan
  • 6 cups Lacinato kale, stems removed and chopped
  • 2 tbsp. pine nuts

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
2 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 352
Calories from Fat 152
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g
Saturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 7mg
Sodium 305mg
Total Carbohydrate 40g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 1g
Protein 13g


  1. Cook the quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Whisk together the water, mayonnaise, olive oil, lemon juice, olives, garlic, pepper, and half the Parmesan cheese and pine nuts.
  3. Toss together the quinoa, kale, and dressing. Top with Parmesan cheese.
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  • Megan Eaton's picture

    Average: 5 (1 vote)

    I usually despise kale but I'm so glad I decided to try this recipe! I loved it! I massaged the kale first and put the dressing over it before adding in the hot quinoa. It came out super tender. Will definitely make this one again!
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