June 17, 2016

Quinoa Avocado Kale Power Salad


I LOVE plant-based power meals! Especially when it includes the magical combination of quinoa and avocado ;) Invite kale to the party and ohhh my - heaven in a bowl! If this recipe seems a little familiar, it's because I adapted it from one of our (and your!) favorites: the Quinoa Avocado Spinach Power Salad. For this updated version, I tweaked it a little and then replaced the spinach with another nutrient-packed combo of kale + hemp hearts! SO GOOD and incredibly energizing. It's also awesome for packed lunches, picnics, potlucks... you get the idea :) Feel free to use a fresh burst of lemon juice on top before serving, or in the dressing to replace the vinegar - it's a great substitute. Enjoy!


Vegan, gluten-free
Serves about 4 (or 8-10 as a side)

Ingredients
3/4 cup dry quinoa
2 cups kale (or more)
2 medium avocados
8 oz. cherry tomatoes
3 green onions
1/4 cup hemp hearts

{For the dressing}
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/8 tsp. salt, more to taste

Directions
Cook the quinoa according to package directions in 1 1/2 cups water (I often use a little less water to create fluffier quinoa).
Meanwhile, make the dressing: in a small bowl stir together ingredients and set aside.
Roughly chop or tear the kale into small pieces, stems removed, and place in a large bowl.
Slice the green onions, halve/quarter the tomatoes, and dice the avocado.
When quinoa is done cooking, add it to the large bowl with kale.
Add the green onions, tomatoes, hemp hearts, and dressing. Stir to combine.
Add the avocado and lightly toss.
Serve immediately or refrigerate to let flavors blend more.

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2 comments:

  1. Girl this salad is GORGEOUS!! It looks perfect for weekday lunches!

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    1. Aww thanks Liz!! Hope you're having a great start to your summer! <3

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