Salmon, Quinoa, and Kale Loaf for Dogs

It was only a matter of time before our dogs jumped on the trendy-food bandwagon.
By: Nicole Pajer
Salmon, quinoa and kale loaf for dogs

It was only a matter of time before our dogs jumped on the trendy kale and quinoa bandwagon. This refreshing baked dish was crafted with the help of certified pet nutritionist, Dr. Sean Delaney, and provides plenty of protein and vitamins for canine dinner guests.

My dogs enjoyed this dish but were at first a little skeptical about the texture of the quinoa. After realizing that they liked it, they dove right in. They ate so fast that I had to use my Doberman, Lyla’s, special bowl with raised up ridges that helps her slow down while eating and digest better. She’s apparently a huge fan of salmon!

Prepared quinoa, salmon and kale loaf in dog bowls


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 5 oz salmon, raw or precooked
  • ¾ of a tsp walnut oil
  • 1 ½ large hard-boiled egg
  • ⅜ cup boiled and drained kale (no salt)



Cook the quinoa according to package instructions without added salt or seasonings.

While the quinoa cooks, chop the raw salmon and kale into very small pieces. You can also use no-sodium (packed in water) canned salmon. 

Baked salmon, quinoa and kale loaf

Mix all the ingredients using the egg as a binder and form into a loaf or patty. A small amount of water can also be used to help with forming the loaf or patty. 

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the salmon is fully cooked (an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit). 

Dogs excited for salmon, quinoa and kale loaf

Nutritional Content:  792 Calories; 32% protein calories (253 calories); 33% fat calories (261 calories); 35% carbohydrate calories (277 calories); 69.1% moisture. 

Preparation Note:  I definitely threw a bit of water into this recipe to help bind everything together. I cooked my loaf in a glass bread pan and mashed it down to really make sure that everything solidified together. This dish didn’t take as long to cook. For my oven, the magic bake time was 17 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Part of this was due to the fact that I made this dish with canned precooked salmon. If you are using raw salmon, you’ll want to pay extra attention to Delaney’s notes above on the preferred internal food temperature. 

Make sure to consult your veterinarian before feeding any new foods to your dog.