Simple kale salad that is delicious right away, but also holds up well in the fridge as a weekday meal anytime.
- 6 cups of chopped Italian Kale (or any variety)
- 1/4 cup tri-colored quinoa (or any variety)
- 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/2 sweet apple, sliced
- 1/4 slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup Pomegranate Vinegar - can sub with red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp dried mint leaves
- 2 tsp whole grain or dijon mustard
- 2 Tbsp honey, warmed (sub brown rice syrup to keep vegan)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare quinoa according to your package directions, you may prepare more and use in another dish. If preparing for salad, you’ll need ¼ cup quinoa (rinsed) and cooked in ½ cup of water. Prepare and let cool.
- Remove kale from stems, roughly chop and clean. After cleaning and drying, drizzle with a teaspoon of olive oil and massage gently, set aside.
- Prepare dressing.
- Combine all you ingredients for your dressing in a jar with lid. Shake vigorously to combine and create an emulsified dressing.
- Combine your cooled quinoa and kale together and toss with ⅓ cup of your dressing.
- Plate mixture and top with apples, pomegranate seeds and almonds. Drizzle additional dressing if desired or serve on the side.
- Salad stores well in the fridge for 3 days. Store any remaining dressing in fridge.
- Be sure to rinse quinoa for at least 30 seconds before cooking to remove natural coating, saponin, which can make it taste bitter or soapy.
- You may add goat cheese, manchego cheese and/or chicken to add additional protein and create a complete meal.
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