Very Green Zingy Kale Salad

  • 10MINS
  • 5MINS
  • 301KCAL

This zingy salad is packed full of fresh flavours and vibrant colours – great if you're counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories301
  • Carbs50g
  • Protein10g
  • Fat3.5g
  • Saturates0.5g
  • Sugars26g

Very Green Zingy Kale Salad - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

This Very Green Zingy Kale Salad is packed full of vibrant, green fruit and veg and has a really pleasant zesty kick. It’s delicious when served as a veggie main meal, but also works really well when split into 4 portions and served as a side dish alongside your favourite meal.

It’s really important to carefully follow the instructions for blanching the kale and green beans, as this will stop them from overcooking and means that they’ll stay crunchy and colourful. Make sure to gently pat them dry once you take them out of the cold water – nobody likes soggy vegetables!

We’ve used ready cooked wholegrain quinoa in our Very Green Zingy Kale Salad which you should be able to pick up from your local supermarket. If you’re struggling to find it, then you could also cook your own quinoa instead according to the packet instructions. If you do this, then you’ll need to remember to allow it to cool before adding into your salad!

What diets is this Very Green Zingy Kale Salad suitable for?

This recipe is suitable for dairy free and vegetarian diets.

It can also be made suitable for gluten free diets as long as you swap the following ingredient for a gluten free alternative:

  • Soy sauce

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Very Green Zingy Kale Salad recipe?

  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Very Green Zingy Kale Salad recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Very Green Zingy Kale Salad recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Very Green Zingy Kale Salad recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Very Green Zingy Kale Salad?

You should be able to find packets of ready to eat quinoa in your local supermarket. If not, you can cook your own according to the packet instructions.

How many calories are in this Very Green Zingy Kale Salad?

There are 301 calories per portion in this Very Green Zingy Kale Salad which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

If you’d prefer, then you could also split this recipe into 4 portions and serve as an accompaniment to your favourite dishes!

This Very Green Zingy Kale Salad is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Place a large saucepan of water on the hob and bring to the boil.

Step 2

Add the green beans to the saucepan of boiling water and boil for 3 minutes. Remove the beans from the boiling water using a slotted spoon and plunge into a bowl of cold water.

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Step 3

Add the curly kale to the saucepan of boiling water and boil for 2 minutes. Remove the curly kale from the boiling water using a slotted spoon and plunge into a bowl of cold water.

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Step 4

Using a sieve, strain off the water from both the beans and the curly kale and shake well to remove excess water. Place on a sheet of kitchen paper to absorb any further moisture.

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Step 5

Place the kale and beans in a large bowl and add the grapes, apple, watercress and quinoa.

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Step 6

Place the lime juice, soy sauce, honey, and garlic granules in a small bowl. Mix with a fork and season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Step 7

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. Taste the salad and add a little more salt and pepper if needed.

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Step 8

Serve immediately and – optionally – garnish with lime wedges.

Very Green Zingy Kale Salad - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

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We love this dish served as a main meal for two, but you could also split your salad into 4 portions and serve as a side to any of the following if you prefer:

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How do you know when this Very Green Zingy Kale Salad is cooked?

This dish doesn’t really require any cooking, but you will need to boil your kale and green beans for a few minutes.

The kale should take around 2 minutes to cook in boiling water and the green beans will take 3 minutes. Don’t forget to plunge your kale and beans directly into cold water after boiling to keep them nice and crunchy!

How long can you keep this Very Green Zingy Kale Salad in the fridge?

This dish is best served immediately, it’s really quick and easy to make!

Can I freeze this Very Green Zingy Kale Salad?

No, we wouldn’t recommend freezing this recipe.

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Very Green Zingy Kale Salad

This zingy salad is packed full of fresh flavours and vibrant colours - great if you're counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    5 MINS
  • KCals 301
  • Carbs 50G
  • WW Points:
  • 4 Green
  • 2 Blue
  • 2 Purple

Ingredients

  • 100 g curly kale
  • 150 g fine green beans stalks removed and cut in half
  • 150 g green grapes halved and pips removed
  • 1 green skinned dessert apple cored and diced
  • 50 g watercress
  • 100 g ready cooked wholegrain quinoa
  • juice of 3 limes (approx 4 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 1/8 tsp garlic granules
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lime wedges to garnish optional

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Instructions

  1. Place a large saucepan of water on the hob and bring to the boil.
  2. Add the green beans to the saucepan of boiling water and boil for 3 minutes. Remove the beans from the boiling water using a slotted spoon and plunge into a bowl of cold water.
  3. Add the curly kale to the saucepan of boiling water and boil for 2 minutes. Remove the curly kale from the boiling water using a slotted spoon and plunge into a bowl of cold water.
  4. Using a sieve, strain off the water from both the beans and the curly kale and shake well to remove excess water. Place on a sheet of kitchen paper to absorb any further moisture.
  5. Place the kale and beans in a large bowl and add the grapes, apple, watercress and quinoa.
  6. Place the lime juice, soy sauce, honey, and garlic granules in a small bowl. Mix with a fork and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. Taste the salad and add a little more salt and pepper if needed.
  8. Serve immediately and - optionally - garnish with lime wedges.

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Recipe notes

It is important to follow the instructions for blanching the beans and kale carefully, otherwise they may overcook and lose their crunchiness.

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