Kale and Quinoa Salad

I have wanted to make this yummy salad for the past couple months after recently eating a delicious version at a local restaurant. So, I finally did, and it turned out great!

What I love about this salad is that is tastes great and can provide a wonderful balance of nutrients.  When the highest quality ingredients are chosen, beware of a mouth explosion that you will want to repeat.  

What you will need:

2 cups cooked quinoa 

One bunch kale (preferrably organic)

Cucumber

Red onions

Edamame (frozen, then thawed)

Avocado

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard

Salt and pepper

To prepare the salad:

Cook quinoa and set aside to cool. Remove the leaves from the kale stalk. Rinse and pat dry. Dice the onions and cucumber and add to kale. Add quinoa to mixture. 

To prepare the dressing: 

Combine oil, mustard, lemon juice and salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix well. Stir in dressing with kale/quinoa mixture.  

Make more dressing if you desire (I actually made mine with more dressing) I love quinoa so I added more than two cups and more than a bunch of kale. 

I add avocodo when it’s time to eat the salad so the avocado is fresh. 

You can get creative with this salad by adding a variety of ingredients. Examples include grilled shrimp, feta cheese, pine nuts or walnuts. The options abound.  

Enjoy!

~Hilda

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