Hey guys! I’m excited to share a new easy (and portable) lunch recipe with you today: 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!
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!
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.
Here’s the full recipe!
For the dressing
- Mix & Match Grain Salads
- Mix & Match Healthy Sandwiches
- Mason Jar Kale Salad
- Healthy Tuna Salad
- Vegan Kale Caesar Salad
Have you ever made soft boiled eggs in advance? It’s now one of my favorite kitchen hacks!