This is a dense, nutrient rich lunch salad. It gets two points. One, because it's healthy and two, because it's sooo TASTY! The magic here is the dressing and the sweet, crisp apples. When I eat this salad I feel energetic and satisfied. Kale, is loaded with calcium and helps lower cholesterol. And I quote, (from this website) "Researchers can now identify over 45 different flavonoids in kale. With kaempferol and quercetin heading the list, kale's flavonoids combine both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits in way that gives kale a leading dietary role with respect to avoidance of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress." Sounds good to me.
Quinoa (Keen-Wa) as you probably know, is a "complete protein" it has more fiber than a slice of bread and is a natural source of iron.
If you make a batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week, you'll have it to add to healthy recipes like this one, making lunch much quicker. I always cook it with a little olive oil and good quality salt.
For the Salad-
- 2 c. Kale, chopped
- 1/2 c. Cooked Quinoa
- 1/2 c. Apples, chopped (braeburn apples are sweet and tart)
- 1 T. Scallions, chopped
For the Dressing-
- 1/8 c. Fresh lemon juice (1/2 a lemon)
- 1 T. Fresh parsley, minced
- 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp Agave nectar
- 1 T. Olive oil
- Salt (just a smidge)
- Fresh cracked pepper
In a small bowl, stir ingredients to make the dressing. In a large bowl combine the salad ingredients and toss in the dressing.
I served mine with homemade garlic hummus and blue corn chips.