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Kale Quinoa Salad

gluten free, vegan, dairy free, nut free

KALE YEAH!

Salads can have substance and still be healthy!!! If you've distanced yourself from salads because they seem gross or never seem filling enough, give this one a try. Salad is often seen as a boring "diet food" devoid of flavor. Well, I'm here to break that misconception and show that salads can be nutrient dense and flavorful! They can be big, small, simple, or complex. Best of all, they can be tailored to your specific preferences and goals. 

 

 This salad is one of my favorites to prep for the week. It's super simple to throw together and so yummy! I really like variety and volume in my salads. The mixture of complex carbs from the quinoa and healthy fats from the olive oil adds great substance to keep you fuller for longer. The salad is massaged with oil therefore making the vegetables easier to digest. And the fruit adds a touch of sweetness to top it off. If I'm having this salad as a meal, I usually pair it with some sort of protein, such as chicken, but since I mainly prep it ahead of time, I like to make my protein fresh that day. 

Tiff Tips

  1. Make sure you have a fine mesh strainer so the quinoa doesn't fall through. Rinsing the quinoa removes it's natural coating, called saponin, which can make it taste bitter or soapy. If you have boxed quinoa that is pre-washed, you can skip this step

2. Having a little one in the kitchen to help makes it all the more fun!!

Look at that sweet little baby hand!!!!!!

~ Kale Quinoa Salad ~

Prep Time: 15 min | Cook Time: 20 min | Total Time: 35 min

serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry quinoa

  • 4 cups (packed) kale

  • 1 cucumber

  • 1-2 roma tomatoes

  • 1 cup grapes (or 1/2 dried fruit)

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil

  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Rinse 1 cup dry quinoa in a fine mesh strainer 

  2. Add quinoa to 2 cups water and boil

  3. Once boiling, let simmer for 15 min, or until fluffy, and remove from heat

  4. While the quinoa is cooking and cooling, cut the cucumber, tomato, and fruit into small pieces

  5. In a separate dish, combine olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper

  6. Then, wash, pat dry, and tear kale to desired size into a large bowl and combine with cooled quinoa 

  7. Massage the oil mixture into the kale and quinoa mixture until well coated

  8. Lastly, stir in the veggies and fruit

  9. Set out for family and friends or make a bowl for yourself and enjoy!

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