Kale & Quinoa Salad with Lemon Garlic Dressing

Kale has been deemed the number one superfood, a nutritional powerhouse. The benefits of eating kale are too numerous to list. I was recently in a supermarket and notice a whole wall of kale in the salad section. There is some sort of kale salad on almost every restaurant menu these days.

Quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) is another superfood, which is a complete protein. It has the perfect ratio of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats and is one of the best sources of protein you can get from a plant source. By pairing these two superfoods, you’ve now got an explosion of nutrition, not to mention flavor!

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Kale & Quinoa Salad with Lemon Garlic Dressing

Serves 6

1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup tahini
3 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tsp sugar or honey
1 tsp hot sauce (optional)
2 cloves garlic, minced
Zest and juice of 2 lemons
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 bunch kale, tough stems removed and leaves cut into ribbons
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup parsley

Put the quinoa, stock and a pinch of salt in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to simmer for about 15 minutes, until all liquid is absorbed.  Remove from the heat and let it sit covered, for 10 minutes.  Fluff quinoa with a fork.

Mix the tahini, olive oil, vinegar, sugar, hot sauce, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl.  Then stir in the kale and massage with your hands so that the kale breaks down.  Next, add the onion, sunflower seeds, parsley and quinoa.  Mix to combine.

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