Follow the instructions for your quinoa and go ahead and cook it. You'll want one cup of already cooked quinoa for this recipe.
Remove the kale leaves from either side of the tough center rib.
Once you've removed the tough ribs, make a stack of five to ten leaf halves and slice thinly across the leaf creating a fine shred.
Place the sliced kale into a large mixing bowl and add enough dressing to just barely coat the leaves.
You've waited for it and now it's time. MASSAGE that kale, girl!!! Get your hands in that bowl and massage the dressing into the kale. If nobody's watching, I love me a little KC & the Sunshine Band while I massage. Don't judge.
How long to massage is somewhat subjective, but I massage my kale until I feel that it's texture has softened up a good bit. HINT: the more thinly you slice the kale, the less massaging it will need.
Now you can add the quinoa, tomatoes, cucumbers, cranberries, and sunflower seeds. Toss so that all ingredients are completely combined.
Transfer to a serving dish and drizzle with remaining dressing, or to taste.