Now I know that a salad isn’t all that sexy.
The first time I made a salad out of kale and quinoa it was this one from Smitten Kitchen. I’m not sure if mine is adapted from, inspired by hers, or both. Either way, both salads are good and good for you!
It’s not sexy, but it’s bright! I needed that because there is finally a light at the end the proverbial tunnel for this phase of home improvement. Woot! Heck yeah!
And yes, I have used this photo before, but isn’t it pretty? And bright? And sunny?
The kitchen wasn’t all tore up like the rest of the place, but it was seriously cluttered. At one point I had 4 big dogs and 3 big dog crates in my kitchen – not really conducive to cooking and certainly not appetizing.
So we needed something bright to commemorate the light on the horizon with minimal cooking that is fast and easy that we could eat wherever we could find a spot. (You are impressed with the quality of my run on sentence, no?)
And friends? Don’t forget to add the goat cheese like I did! 🙂
Adapted from and inspired by Smitten Kitchen
Kale, Quinoa, and Clementine Salad
For the Salad
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa rinsed
- 2 cups chicken stock vegetable stock, or water
- 1 bunch kale stems removed, clean, dried and chopped into bite sized pieces
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 clementines peeled and sectioned
- 1/2 cup dried figs chopped
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 - 1 cup of pistachios chopped
- 1 cup of goat cheese crumbled
For the Clementine Dressing
- 1 lemon juiced and zested
- 3 clementines juiced and zested
- 2 cloves garlic grated or pressed
- Pinch of basil
- 1 tablespoon agave
- 1 tablespoon Dijon
- 1 tablespoon honey
- salt and white pepper
- 1/2 cup olive oil
Combine stock and quinoa in a saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer 20 minutes (or cook according to package directions), spread on a baking sheet and let cool
Toss kale into a bowl and massage olive oil all over (I did this for about 5 or 6 minutes)
Add cherries, figs, pistachios, clementines, and goat cheese
Combine all Clementine Dressing ingredients in a Mason jar with a tight fitting lid and shake vigorously
Pour as much of the dressing as desired over the salad and toss to combine
Note: I forgot to add the goat cheese before I took the pictures so that’s why you don’t see any
Note: I like a lot of nuts in things so that’s why the variance in the pistachio measurement
Note: Feel free to adjust any of the ingredients to your liking and it will still be awesome!