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Baby Arugula Quinoa Salad

Baby Arugula Quinoa Salad

Let’s be honest, you would have had to be living under a rock for the past couple of years to miss the fact that kale is ridiculously healthy. The quintessential ‘superfood’ seems to have made its way into almost every possible meal.  I’ll admit that there are many food fads that I’m not fond of; however, it’s hard to find a fault with this one.  Full of fibre, and vitamins A, C, K, B6, folate and manganese, it’s earned its spotlight.

I eat a lot of kale (mostly in the form of the Captain’s Kale Caesar Salad [1] on my cousin Jillian Harris’ website [2]…I make it without the bacon, it’s addictive!), but had never tried baby kale.  No surprise, I love it! Baby kale is tender much like arugula, and is less bitter than its ‘grown up’ counterpart.  This salad is incredibly simple and filling thanks to the protein and fibre-packed quinoa and nuts.

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Arugula Quinoa Salad

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

Salad Ingredients:

  • 6 cup loosely packed arugula*
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa cook according to directions
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 2/3 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • salt and pepper to taste

Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 ½ tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil

Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa according to the package directions, remove the lid from the pot, fluff, and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. Combine all of the salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. In a mason jar or glass, combine the dressing ingredients except for the avocado oil.  Whisk together, and add the oil in a slow stream while whisking (I use an Aerolatte, they are the BEST for making salad dressings we use it every day).
  4. Toss the dressing with the salad, season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Recipe Notes

*baby kale can also be substituted here