Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I massaged a salad. . .a Kale-Quinoa salad!

Way and I had lunch downtown today with my Biffer, aka, Aunt Mary! So fun to just sneak away and grab lunch just the three of us! Turns out my meal came with a side of quinoa salad, which reminded me that I had not yet shared my new favorite quinoa recipe. . .

Thanks for a fun lunch date, Biff!

So, it's been a few months since I've posted a quinoa recipe. Some of you are new around here. Some of you have never tried quinoa. Some of you need a new recipe. And I'm guessing, ALL of you like yummy food, right??

Well, stop what you are doing. Go grab the ingredients. And then, prepare yourselves for a healthy and delicious meal! Plus--easy peasy to make. What could be better??
Oh, and you get to massage a salad. Fancy stuff.

A friend of mine sent me the Kale-Quinoa recipe, but I made a few changes. . .

Kale-Quinoa Salad

1 bunch kale--torn into bite size pieces (you can add more or less)
1 cup cooked quinoa (don't forget to rinse the dry quinoa first)
shredded carrots
dried cranberries
pumpkin seeds (or sunflower seeds)
walnuts/almonds, etc.
You really can use any fruits, veggies or nuts here

1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp honey
juice of 2 lemons

Whisk together dressing and then massage onto kale, add quinoa and stir well. Refrigerate for a couple of hours and then add the other ingredients!

Now for the kiddo rating. Let me preface this by saying Luke does NOT like olive oil, which is why I cut back the olive oil a bit, you can actually use a touch more. He noticed the dressing right away. He's also not a fan of Craisins. So that being said, it wasn't his favorite. Charlie did well with it, finished his and Miles did too. Luke ended up finishing his after being bribed with a piece of chocolate. Because that's how we roll sometimes! Chocolate makes everything worth it. Should be a hashtag! Hubby and I devoured it, and lucky me had leftovers the next day! I'd put this quinoa recipe right up there at the top of the list with my Lemon-Cilantro Quinoa recipe. So, what are you waiting for? Go try it! Let me know if this tops your list too!

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