Berry Kale & Quinoa Salad

I've been a vegetarian/pescatarian since my YTT back in August of 2016, so almost a year now. As I'm writing this, that sounds like a long time, but it's felt like the blink of an eye. My diet while in India aligned with what a perfect "yogic diet" should consist of (plus a few chocolate biscuits and coffee drink trips with my roommate). I am constantly striving to allign my diet with a more yogic lifestyle and am always looking for new ways to incorporate healthy foods into dishes that I already love... or in this case make a healthy dish healthier! The inspiration for this came from one of my friends high school graduation party years ago, her mom made a similar salad plus some sugar and minus some protein and a few other goodies, that I have always loved. I've remade it quite a few times, but this time... this time I think I've got it. It's refreshing, filling and packed with nutrition goodness (kale+qionoa+berries=health heaven) , perfect for those triple didget summer days when it's too hot to turn the oven on! 

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Ingredients: 

  • 3 washed kale leaves  
  • 1 Cup cooked quinoa-dry toast before for best results
  • 1 Cup Strawberries washed and cut  
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries  
  • 1/3 Cup Feta Cheese  
  • 1/4 Cup Red Onion thinly sliced  
  • Chia Seed to your liking  
  • Squeeze of a lemon  
  • Drizzle of olive oil  
  • Drizzle of Blush Wine Vinaigrette

Instructions:

  1. Separate the Kale leaves from the stem and slice thinly. I found this is best done by rolling the Kale tightly into rolls and cutting off thin slices. Drizzle the olive oil and squeeze desired amount of lemon onto the Kale and massage it into the Kale. Yes. Literally massage your food, show it some love and appreciation for the nutrients it's about to provide you! I know this may seem strange, but massaging Kale transforms it from a tough and bitter green to a silkier sweeter taste and texture. A little bit of love can go a long way!
  2. Add Quinoa, Strawberries, Blueberries and Onions and toss.  
  3. Add desired amount and brand of Blush Wine Vinaigrette, I prefer the Brianna's brand, but I also hope to one day be making this myself (Kitchen goals!). Top with feta cheese and chia seeds and serve! 

Note: Since this salad is a Kale based salad, it makes great left overs or does well being served after some time to marinade. 

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