When you think about healthy salads your options should not be limited.
It is hard to come with healthy, delicious and at the same time not boring recipe. Because as we ease our way back into those healthy eating habits, remember that you don’t have to pass on flavor or texture for the sake of health. In fact, both are abundant here.
Orange, kale and quinoa — both nutritional powerhouses — this simple dish enjoys a sweet-citrusy hit from the oranges and chewy-tart dried cranberries. Here is my top favorite recipe for healthy, but flavorful salad.
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|Ingredients for the Salad :||Amount|
|1. Kale||4-5 cups.|
|2. Quinoa .||1 cup.|
|2. Orange Segments.||1/2 cup|
|2. Dried Cranberries.||1/2 cup.|
|3. Pecans .||1/3 cup.|
|4 Feta Cheese||1/3 cup|
For The Vinaigrette:
|1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil.||1/2 cup.|
|2. Salt and Black Pepper.||To taste.|
|2. Honey.||3-4 Tbsp.|
|4 Dijon Mustard.||1 tsp.|
|4 Apple Cider Vinegar.||4 Tbsp.|
Prepare the quinoa as instructed on the package. When quinoa has absorbed the water, remove the lid and cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile, rinse and dry the kale. (I used my salad spinner). Remove the tough stems and massage the kale with your hands to break down the fibers a little. Bunch the kale into a tight ball with one hand and slice the kale very thinly with a sharp knife. Set aside.
For the Vinaigrette, in a small bowl stir the mustard, honey and vinegar and add slowly the olive oil and whisk well everything. Season with salt and fresh black pepper.
In a large bowl add the kale, already cook quinoa, orange segments, cranberries and pecans and drizzle with the vinaigrette. Mix well everything and top it with more orange segments and sprinkle some feta cheese .
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