Let’s face it, salads can get really boring. Really. Boring.
That doesn’t always have to be the case. And they don’t have to take a lot of time and effort to make either. If you are like me, you have a hard time getting out of food ruts and switching things up. It’s called variety, and it’s something we should be getting into. But day in and day out, you find yourself with the same, boring lunch. Well that ends here, and it’s going to be easy, I promise.
One of the foods I don’t get into much is kale. And it’s not because I hate it, it’s really because I have a slight lazy bone in me at times and for some reason I get into my head that kale is too much work. Real life lesson here, it’s not. It’s not at all. That’s just a story I made up to tell myself grabbing the baby spinach was the easier route. Also, I will let you in on a little secret, frozen chopped kale in your freezer aisle exists and it’s there for days that you don’t have the time to wash, prep and chop. No biggie, you still will get lots of nutrients in a fraction of the time.
That’s actually what I use most of the time when I am making this salad. I prep the quinoa, toss in the frozen kale and let it wilt. Doesn’t take more than 5 minutes if that. IF you decide to use precooked quinoa for this recipe, simply toss fresh or frozen chopped kale with some olive oil in a skillet for a few minutes to wilt. See, there’s no excuse–easy as pie…er, um, kale?
I love this salad as a base for lot’s of other add ins. Grilled salmon or chicken, hemp seeds, other veggies, you name it, I promise it will pair well.
- 1 1/2 c uncooked quinoa
- 2-3 c chopped kale
- 1/4 c toasted pine nuts
- 1/4 c pomegranate arils
- 2 T olive oil
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/8- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 garlic clove minced
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
Cook quinoa according to package.
Once done, add in kale and allow to wilt as you stir in.
Add lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, crushed pepper, and salt and pepper and toss to coat.
Add in pine nuts and pomegranates and toss.
Serve as is or add in your favorite protein or serve on the side of your favorite dinner!
I like to chill this for 10-15 minutes before serving.