When I eat out, I usually choose a healthier option from the menu – but even healthier options can still be higher in calories because of some of the ingredients that they choose and/or the amounts that they use.

So when I recently got a Cranberry Quinoa Kale Salad from a popular food chain – which was delicious, by the way – I knew that I could make it healthier. That way I could enjoy it more often, without the worry!

This salad isn’t just delicious – it’s also beautiful and so incredibly easy to make – enjoy!




• 8 cups chopped raw kale (leaves only)
• 1 cup cooked quinoa
• 1/3 cup reduced sugar dried cranberries
• 2 tbsp sliced almonds

• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
• 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
• 2 tsp granulated stevia
• 1 tsp Dijon mustard
• 1/2 garlic clove, mined
• 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
• 1/2 tsp salt


• In a large bowl, mix kale, quinoa, cranberries, and almonds until well combined.

• In a separate bowl, whisk olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, stevia, Dijon mustard, garlic, pepper, and salt together until fully blended.

• Drizzle dressing over kale mixture. Toss to coat. Enjoy!

Optional: slice some grilled chicken, steak, or fish over the top for extra protein.


(Per serving; recipe serves 4)
200 calories, 3.5g protein, 23g carbohydrates (6g fiber), 10.5g fat

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Allison is a five-time IFBB Figure Olympian who has a passion for healthy, yet delicious cooking. Allison owns Alli’s Slim Pickins, Inc., a healthy food and recipe-based company. She is excited to share her years of experience with you and provide healthy recipes that proclaim her slogan: 100% Taste & 0% Guilt.

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