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Happy Summer!

With family get-togethers and patio parties upon us, many of my patients are looking for healthy salad recipes to make for everyone to enjoy. This delicious Superfood Salad made with kale and quinoa is packed full of nutrients, leaving you feeling healthy and happy! I made this salad at two of my health talks in Saskatoon, and both times it was a hit! (I’ve even made it at home for friends and family, which usually ends in someone asking me for the recipe). So I wanted to share it with all of you!
I love that this salad is full of nutritious food groups! To start, it’s loaded with a variety of vitamins (Vit B6, Vit K, and Vit C) and minerals (including Iron and Calcium) from kale – a dark leafy green vegetable. It also provides healthy fats from the almonds and avocado, and a good amount of protein from the chickpeas and quinoa.

I would suggest preparing this salad the evening before, or at least a few hours before digging in. I found preparing it earlier allowed for the kale and quinoa to absorb the dressing, making it more flavorful and cutting down the bitterness of the kale.

This salad is vegetarian and gluten free. You can make it vegan by omitting the goat cheese and  honey. Tip: I find if you rinse the quinoa before boiling, it is less sticky.
Serves approx 4.

Ingredients

For the Salad:
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 large bunch (about 6 cups) kale, tough stems removed and chopped
  • 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbledSuperfood Salad complete
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and chopped
For the Dressing:
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • a bit of black pepper

Directions

  1. Rinse and drain quinoa. Place quinoa and 2 cups water in a pot and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a low simmer, and cook for about 15 minutes until water is absorbed. Transfer to a large bowl to cool.
  2. While the quinoa cooks, make the dressing. Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a large bowl. Add the kale and, using your hands, toss it with the dressing.
  3. Once the quinoa is cool, add it to the bowl with the kale, along with the chickpeas, blueberries, goat cheese, almonds, and avocado. Toss gently to combine.

 

Enjoy!
Dr. Stephanie Liebrecht, BSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor