A close up of sauted quinoa and kale with mushrooms topped with green onions.

Quinoa and Kale

Sauteed quinoa and kale with mushrooms.

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, gluten free, vegan
Keyword quinoa and kale, vegan quinoa and kale
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 389 kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup mushrooms washed and sliced
  • 1 cup kale finely chopped
  • 2 cups quinoa cooked (or replace with frozen pre-cooked quinoa)
  • 2 tbsp green onions chopped (optional for garnish)
  • 1/4 tsp salt or more to taste


  1. Pre-cook quinoa by adding 1 cup of washed quinoa to 1 1/4 cup salted water or vegetable broth.  Heat until boiling then cover and cook for 20 minutes.  Turn off heat and allow to sit for another 20 minutes.  (This will yield 2 cups cooked quinoa).

  2. Slice mushrooms and wash and chop kale into small pieces.
  3. Saute mushrooms in 2 tbsp of olive oil for about 3 minutes over medium heat.
  4. Wash and chop kale into small pieces.  Rub the chopped kale with your hands until it becomes bright green and shiny.

  5. Toss in the kale and stir fry the kale with the mushrooms for another 2-3 minutes. 
  6. Add the pre-cooked quinoa or a bag of frozen quinoa.  (If using frozen quinoa and kale, omit the steps of cooking the quinoa and preparing the kale).
  7. Fry for another 5 minutes until the quinoa is fairly dry and get slightly crispy and salt to taste.
  8. Garnish with green onions and serve either hot or cold.

Recipe Notes

Pro Tips: 

Quinoa and Kale Variations:

  1. Saute vegan chicken strips along with the mushrooms and kale for a more filling meal.
  2. Toss in some vegan pesto and cherry tomatoes towards the end of cooking for a burst of flavor.
  3. Add crispy tofu on top for a delicious protein packed meal.
  4. Top with green onions and/or toasted pine nuts for extra flavor.
Nutrition Facts
Quinoa and Kale
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 389 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 637mg18%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 6g25%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 1705IU34%
Vitamin C 21.2mg26%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 4.2mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.