Quinoa and Kale Salad

August 21, 2017

Both Quinoa and Kale have been getting a lot of hype over the past few years, and for good reason too! As with other recipes I have shared I am not going to get too heavily into the immense benefits these foods provide, but I will list a few.

Quinoa is know to be an ancient grain but is in fact a seed, depending on the brand you purchase it may be necessary to rinse quinoa with water in order to remove the saponins which can give it a bitter flavour. Also;

  • Gluten free and one of the few plant foods that contain all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein
  • High in fiber, magnesium, b-vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants
  • Easy to incorporate into the diet

Kale is one of my favourite vegetables to grow in the garden every year, it adds a beautiful ornamental look to any garden but, can be used as food! Not only is it beautiful to look at but it is also really good for your eyes! Also;

  • Is very high in Vitamin K (1180% DRI in one cup cooked kale)
  • High in Iron and Vitamin A
  • Filled with powerful antioxidants
  • Can help lower cholesterol levels
  • Good for keeping your liver healthy

This recipe I am going to share is very simple to make and can keep in the fridge up to 4 days and only gets tastier with time! It is a favourite of anyone who has tried it and I have had many requests for the recipe. So, here it is.

Quinoa and Kale Salad

For the salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1 bunch kale, de-stemmed and chopped fine
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 200g feta cheese, chopped
  • Sunflower seeds to top
  • Dried organic cranberries to top

For the dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 part apple cider vinegar
  • 1 part cold pressed olive oil
  • 1 part hemp oil
  • 1 part honey

Directions

  • Mix it all together and keep it in the fridge for whenever you are hungry, great for lunch, a snack, or as a side with dinner!

Salads can really pack a nutrient punch and it doesn’t have to be a boring green salad with tomatoes and carrots like your typical garden salad from a restaurant. I like to get crazy with my salads and try new things with ingredients you would never think to add!

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Caleigh Anne Clark

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