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Monday, 20 July 2015

Kale and Quinoa Salad with Strawberries, Pecans and Avocado

When I plant my garden in the spring, I tend to be an over planter, which is all fine and dandy, until later in the season...when the plants go wild and you cannot even begin to wade thru the greenery without stepping on something. But, in the early summer, when everything is behaving well, my garden is a lovely calm place to while away the time pulling weeds,  and thinning the rows of beautiful greens. Which leads us to this salad. Instead of thinning and tossing, I like to use the thinning in salads like this, kind of a waste-not-want-not kind of thing. It makes me feel less guilty about pulling out perfectly good plants :)

Baby Kale against a backdrop
of carrots, that need to be thinned
as well!

Kale and Quinoa Salad with Strawberries, Pecans and Avocado

6 cups chopped baby Kale (packaged or picked from your garden!)
2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
2 avocados, diced
2 cups strawberries, hulls removed and sliced
1 cup chopped toasted pecans


1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar or white balsamic
Zest and juice of one organic lemon
1 tsp sea salt or herbamare
1 Tbsp honey
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
½ cup chopped garlic chives (optional, you can sub regular chives if desired)

Toss the salad ingredients in a large bowl.

Combine the dressing ingredients into a 2c mason jar. Place lid on snuggly and shake well to combine.
Toss together well and serve immediately, or chill in refrigerator for up to a day if desired.

Squeeze lemon into your jar
use rasp to grate the zest BEFORE
squeezing the lemons...much easier!

to cool your quinoa quickly,
spread on a large plate and
set in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Perfect side dish for BBQ Chicken 

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