Happy New Year, friends! How were your holidays? Did you have an exciting New Year’s Eve and a wonderful New Year’s Day? Did you have souerkraut, black eyed peas, and greens? We did. I do not love any of these things, but I’m not willing to take any chances, so I ate them all. We need all the luck we can get around here!
Surprisingly, we had just four experiences with stomach bugs, a bit of doggie drama with bathing and furniture eviction, and only one middle of the night holy crap I’m in trouble with the law and need a criminal defense attorney phone call.
I know. Good times.
And trust me. I know that it’s totally cliche to start out my first post of 2016 with a salad. I also know that cliche should have one of those sexy punctuation things over the top, but I’m not technologically savvy enough to figure out how to put one there. Don’t judge me.
Any-hoo, after all the indulgences I’ve been guilty of giving and receiving, it’s time to add some hearty, healthy detox food to my life. I actually love the combo of kale and quinoa in a salad. Throw in some roasted beets, carrots, and BS with a citrus-y dressing, and it’s totally my jam!
We need to be in fighting condition here in the Carolianas anyway ’cause we are 15-1, yo! Our Cats are headed to the playoffs starting out in our own house! Woot!
I think we’re all singing Sweet Caroline down here at this point! #keeppounding
It was a bummer to lose to Atlanta last week and kill our undefeated status, but I’m hopeful to see Cam, Greg, Luke, and the rest of my Cats in the playoffs and we’d love to move onto SUPERBOWL 50. (I don’t understand the Roman numbers and didn’t want to get it wrong).
And now my vacation is over and I’m back at work. #partysover
Roasted Vegetable, Kale, and Quinoa Salad with Clementine Vinaigrette
- 3 beets
- 2 dozen baby Brussels sprouts
- 5-6 carrots peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil plus 1 tablespoon for massaging kale
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- salt and pepper
- 6 ounces kale chopped into bite size pieces
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1/4 cup roasted and chopped chestnuts
- 2 clementines juiced and zested
- 2 garlic cloves minced or pressed (via garlic press)
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons honey
- pinch each of:
- fennel pollen
- salt white pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven to 425
Make individual foil packets for beets, drizzle beets with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, seal the foil tightly, and transfer to a baking sheet
Roast in oven for 60 - 75 minutes, depending on size
Toss carrots and Brussels sprouts with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, thyme, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a baking dish, roast for the last 30-35 minutes of the roasting beets
Times will vary according to the size of the vegetables, roast until fork tender or texture of preference
While vegetables are roasting, prepare quinoa according to package directions, spread out on a baking sheet or parchment paper to cool
Toss kale in a large salad bowl with about 1 tablespoon olive oil and salt, and massage into leaves for 5 minutes or so
Combine clementine dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake vigorously
Add the quinoa to the kale and toss to combine
When vegetables are done set carrots and Brussels sprouts aside to cool slightly
Unwrap beets, peel with a paring knife and cut into 1 inch pieces
Top kale and quinoa with all the roasted vegetables and either toss with dressing or serve with dressing on the side
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
Happy New Year, Rachelle! I’m loving the looks of this fresh salad! Quinoa is my all-time favorite grain for salads, so I’m loving the kale and veggies in here, too!
Thanks so much, Gayle! Happy New Year!
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
Lol, you always crack me up, Rachelle! Glad your new year was eventful and a blast! Mine was pretty fun too, although I wish it included a trip to Charlotte.. soon, my friend! Anywho. Looove this salad! Roasted veggies, kale and quinoa is totally delish and that clementine vinaigrette sounds seriously scrumptious! I need to make this soon! Cheers, doll! Xo
Things always seem to be eventful around these parts, my friend! You have GOT to get over here and get into shenanigans with me very soon! I’m glad you had a great time ringing in the new year in your new hometown! Whyyyyyy didn’t you move to Charlotte so we could be neighbors?!?!?! 🙂 Cheers! XO and Happy New Year, friend!
This looks so nutritious and delicious ♥
Thanks Summer! Happy New Year!
Happy New Year, friend! Sounds like you had a great week – love it! And love this salad…especially that clementine vinaigrette…and the photo of said clementines…and the beets…and sprouts… 🙂
Happy New Year, Annie! Things are always interesting around here…. 🙂
Linda @ Veganosity
Hahaha! You made me spit out my coffee. You had a wild weekend! Not all fun, but crazy. This salad is just what you need to get you back on track. That dressing sounds amazing. I just pinned it for later. Happy New Year, Rachelle!
Thanks, Linda! I hope you didn’t burn yourself on your coffee and plan to sue me! 🙂 Something needs to get me on track because I’m totally off the rails over here. Thanks for the pin and Happy New Year to you, Alex and the rest of the fam!
Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel
Yum, this salad looks awesome! And just what I need to kickstart my healthy eating. I love veggies that taste good, and roasted winter veggies are one of my faves! Yum!
Thanks, Jess! Roasted veggies are totally the best! I’m so glad that your hubs is home safe and sound! Happy New Year to you both! 🙂
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
Perfect for the New Year Rachelle! LOVE that clementine vinaigrette! YUM!
Thanks, Mary Ann! Happy New Year!
We had the stomach bug drama here! New Year’s Eve my son started up, and then I cleaned it up, so of course I got it. Fun times!
This looks great. Wish I had it for lunch today instead of the nothing I brought!
Ugh. Little people and stomach bug drama is no fun at all. I hope everyone is feeling better! I wish I had packed this salad for my lunch too instead of the leftover one that I left the croutons in to get soggy. #sadlunch Happy New Year, Mir!
Manali @ CookWithManali
Happy New Year Rachelle! after all the sweet treats, I need all these veggies in my life, they look so amazing!
Ya gotta love the roasted beet! Happy New Year, Manali!
Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
What a beautiful salad! Anytime I see roasted beets in a restaurant salad menu, I must order that salad. Now I want to make it at home like you did 🙂
I just love roasted beets any dang way I can get them! Happy New Year, Melanie!
This is such a great looking salad. I really like the Brussels sprouts and beet combo. And that clementine dressing sounds out of this world. I could put that on anything.
Thanks, Amanda! I do love that dressing on just about anything! Happy New Year!
Medha @ Whisk & Shout
This is stunning- I love beets and clementine vinaigrette is super new to me (sounds great!!).
Thanks, Medha! I discovered about a year and a half ago that I love making salad dressings out of seasonal fruit and clementines are in season! Happy New Year!
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
This salad sounds wonderful. I definitely need to switch over to healthier eating! Hope you all are feeling better! You certainly need to get ready for some major cheering!
We’re so ready, Kathy! We can’t wait to see who we’re playing next week!
Happy New Year, Rachelle! Oh my goodness, what a way to start off the new year! Hope the rest of 2016 is full of luck and of course more of this gorgeous salad! Love all the roasted veggies in here! I could eat that whole bowl for breakfast right now!
Thanks and Happy New Year, Kelly! There’s always drama around here. 🙂
David @ Spiced
Stories! I need stories! You can’t put all of those teasers in there and not give us stories! But yes, this salad looks delicious. And I love that you used clementines for the dressing…creative! Let’s down some salads here for a couple of weeks so that we can get into football playoff munchies, mmkay? 🙂
LOL! Attorney-client privilege! 5th Amendment! I’ll use them all to protect the alleged not innocent. 🙂 And you don’t want to hear stories about the stomach bug! I can handle salad until football food takes over!
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Happy New Year! Now this is just a big bowl of superfoods and all of my favourites too. I am needing something like this at the moment, I just can’t get out of Christmas eating mode.
Happy New Year, Dannii! I would much rather eat Chrismas food all year long. It’s just that my pants won’t fit…. 🙁
Happy New Year Rachelle! I think it is just perfect to start the new year with a salad ! Love it, it is packed with my favorite ingredients! Love the dressing, can’t wait to try it!
Happy New Year, Mira! I hope you like it!
Mary @ LOVE the secret ingredient
A little quinoa, kale salad can definitely make your troubles disappear! I’m love salads with grains in them so this is right up my alley!
Thanks, Mary! I really like the kale and quinoa combo too! Happy New Year!
Kathleen | Hapa Nom Nom
Sounds like you had an exciting New Year! We just got back from an international trip a few days prior so by the time midnight rolled around, we were doing the ‘tired head-bob’ and were in bed by 12:01 😛
I’m loving this roasted veggie salad and the colors are just stunning! Not to mention that vinaigrette – pure gold!
Thanks and Happy New Year, Kathleen! You certainly had some excitement too if you were doing some international traveling! Welcome home! 🙂
karrie @ Tasty Ever After
Happy New Year!! This is healthy sophistication at it’s finest! Love the clementine vinaigrette and I know I’ll be using that dressing on everything when I make this. No offense but boo to your Cats! We are Patriots up in here but all of our good players are hurt so our life is sucky right now (although we are in the playoffs! Yay!). BTW, you are right to call it Super Bowl 50 instead of roman numerals. The league decided not to use the “L” for 50 because it wasn’t pretty enough. Men! 🙂
Boo my Cats? Shame on you, girlfriend! Those are my boys! 🙂 I’ll wish you a Happy New Year anyway. Just because I love ya bunches! Even if you are a Patriots fan. :
The perfect combination of sweet, savory and heartiness is great in this salad!! A great way to eat beets 🙂
Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat
What a beautiful salad! I love all those great colors! I so want to try this!
Thanks so much, Shelby!
I say bring on the salads!!! And especially when there are beets involved! This is gorgeous! Even though we live in NC we are big time Patriots fans here (well, the husband is and I have no choice in the matter lol).
Patriots?!?!?! That’s totally not allowed for NC residents! LOL! Where in NC are you?