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Quinoa and Baby Kale Salad

Kale, Quinoa, Avocado, Salad

It is not always easy to eat healthy, especially with our busy schedules. Luckily for us, there are several ancient grains, including quinoa that have become popular over the last several years that offer us great health benefits. Quinoa is considered a super food because it is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and it is also gluten free. It is one of the most versatile ancient grains. It can be used in both hot and cold recipes such as, pancakes, cookies, stuffing, meatballs, and salads.

The nutty flavor of the quinoa is a delicious and hearty addition to this simple salad. I used baby kale, but you can use spinach, arugula, or mixed greens if you prefer.

Ingredients for Dressing:
4 – tbls. olive oil
2 – tbls. orange juice
2 – tbls. red wine vinegar
1/4 – tsp. cumin
1 – tsp. honey
1/2 – tsp. salt
1/8 – tsp, ground black pepper

Ingredients for Salad:
3/4 – cup quinoa
1 – can black beans
1/2 – cup red bell pepper
1/3 – cup red onion diced
5 – oz. baby kale
1/3 – cup walnuts
1 – avocado
Feta cheese

Directions:
Cook the quinoa according to the package directions. Be sure to add salt to the water.

While the quinoa is cooking, make the dressing by whisking together all the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Next prepare the rest of the ingredients. Drain and rinse the black beans and place them in a large bowl. Dice the red onion and pepper, and rough chop the walnuts. Add them to the beans.

When the quinoa is ready, drain it thoroughly and add it to the bean mixture. Pour the dressing over the quinoa and mix thoroughly. Next add the kale and mix. Top off with slices of avocado and feta cheese. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

Makes 4 servings

 

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