I’m excited to share an easy (and portable) lunch recipe with you: Kale and Quinoa Salad with Soft Boiled Eggs!
As you probably know, two of my favorite things are filling grain & veggie salads (see also: my Mix & Match Grain Salad recipes) and eggs with runny yolks. This recipe has both – and it’s really easy to make ahead and pack up, so it’s perfect for busy weekdays, too!
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This salad is really versatile and it holds up really well in the fridge for a few days as well thanks to the hearty kale (rather than more delicate greens)! The combination of quinoa, tons of veggies, a simple dijon vinaigrette, decadent runny egg yolk, and salty feta cheese makes for a super satisfying lunch.
It’s got a great mixture of flavors, textures, and colors to keep you from getting bored with a #saddesklunch, and all the protein and fiber helps keep you full so you don’t end up hangry an hour later, either. Feel free to mix up the veggies and quantities based on your taste and favorites – you don’t have to follow the recipe exactly!
Above is a quick video showing you how to create the perfect “jammy” egg for this recipe – check it out!
I usually eat fried eggs with runny yolks for breakfast (runny yolk eggs and bubbly are probably the two things I missed most while I was pregnant), but when I learned that soft-boiled eggs can be made in advance, I had to test them out for lunch! I think kale salads are even better when dressed a day in advance anyway, so a make-ahead kale salad with soft-boiled eggs was definitely the way to go.
The result is amazing! The kale softens overnight in the garlic-dijon vinaigrette while the other veggies stay crisp, and the soft-boiled eggs add creamy richness and satisfying protein. I’m pretty much obsessed with soft-boiled eggs on salad now. And in general. Definitely doing soft instead of hard boiled eggs for snacks, now, too! A bit messier as a snack but worth it. 🙂
You can easily prep these salads several days in advance, making them perfect for busy weekdays (and new mothers!). Just chop the veggies, boil the eggs, cook the quinoa (or use 90 second brown rice, if you prefer), and shake up the dressing at the beginning of the week. The night before you want to eat some, massage the veggies with dressing, and add quinoa, eggs, and cheese.
You’ll find the full recipe at the bottom of this post. Enjoy! (And if you have some leftover kale, be sure to try these delicious baked kale chips!)
Looking for more easy packable lunch ideas? Here are some of my favorites!
- Mix & Match Grain Salads
- Turkey Bacon Wrap
- Mix & Match Healthy Sandwiches
- Mason Jar Kale Salad
- Crunchy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad
- Quinoa Chickpea Salad with Feta
- Healthy Tuna Salad
- Vegan Kale Caesar Salad
- Vegan Cranberry Quinoa Salad
- Zesty Italian Pasta Salad
- Greek Orzo Salad with Shrimp & Feta
Have you ever made soft boiled eggs in advance? It’s now one of my favorite kitchen hacks!
- 1 bunch kale, chopped
- 2 cups shredded red cabbage
- 1 cup broccoli slaw
- 1 bell pepper, sliced
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
For the dressing
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- To soft boil the eggs: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Gently lower the eggs into the water with a spoon and turn the heat to medium-low. Cook for 6 minutes and remove with a spoon to a strainer. Run under cold water to stop the cooking process.
- Peel any eggs that you'll use in the next day or two, and keep any remaining eggs in-shell to peel the night before use.
- For the dressing: shake all dressing ingredients in a small jar and refrigerate until ready to use.
- To assemble: Divide the kale, cabbage, broccoli slaw, and bell peppers into four containers.
- The night before you're planning to have a salad for lunch (or the morning of), drizzle 1/4 of the dressing on the veggies and massage to coat. Add 1/4 of the cooked quinoa, 1 soft boiled egg, and 1/4 of the feta.
- I've found that the easiest way to peel eggs cleanly is under cool running water! The running water gets in between the shell and the egg to keep the shell from sticking. This especially works if the egg is fresh out of hot water, but in order to keep soft-boiled eggs fresh, only peel them up to about 2 days in advance. Any remaining soft-boiled eggs will keep in-shell for up to a week.