Need a quick, healthy, and energizing summer lunch? This SkinnyMs. superfood salad is here to come to the rescue! Why do we call this a superfood salad, you ask? The SkinnyMs. Easy Kale and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette packs an invigorating punch with not one, but TWO highly respected superfoods, kale and quinoa. Now you don’t have to choose between your superfoods. As we often like to do, we’ve combined these two nutritional powerhouses in an easy kale salad with quinoa recipe that includes a light and zesty lemon vinaigrette to boot.
Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 3/4- 1 cup | Calories: 229 | Total Fat: 11 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 92 mg | Carbohydrates: 29 g | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 7 g | Protein: 5 g | SmartPoints: 8
- 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed well
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups chopped kale, loosely packed (curly kale was used in this recipe)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
- 1/2 cup diced walnuts (optional)
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. While cooking the quinoa, add walnuts pieces to a baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes. Allow to cool and set aside.
Salad: Add quinoa and water to a medium pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to a medium-simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes or until quinoa has soaked up most of the liquid. Turn off the burner and add kale and cranberries. Leave covered pot on the burner until kale is wilted, approximately 5-10 minutes.
Lemon Vinaigrette: Add all ingredients to a glass container and whisk until combined. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving. Whisk again before serving.
Salad can be served warm or cold. Add walnuts and desired amount of vinaigrette over salad, toss to combine.
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