Category Archives: salad

Quinoa and Pomegranate Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • Pinch of kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup toasted, sliced almonds (optional)
  • INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Combine the quinoa, water and pinch of salt in a medium saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, once water begins to boil, reduce the heat to low and cover the pan. 
    2. Simmer covered for 15 minutes (there may still be some water not yet absorbed). Remove from heat. 
    3. Keeping the pan covered, let it stand for 5 minutes, or until the remaining water is absorbed. 
    4. Remove the lid and gently fluff the quinoa. Set aside to completely cool. 
    5. In a bowl whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper. 
    6. In a large bowl, toss together the cooled quinoa, pomegranate seeds, parsley, almonds and dressing. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
  • adapted from foodandwine.com

Massaged Kale Salad

  • 10 oz. kale (Dino kale works best)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon or a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese or feta
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped toasted pecans or walnuts
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic glaze
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries (optional)
  • 1 cup fresh orange segments or canned mandarins (optional)

Remove and discard the stems from the kale. Chop the leaves into bite-sized pieces. Place in a large mixing bowl with 1/8 teaspoon salt and the olive oil. Grab the leaves by the handful and massage them for a minute or two. The coarse, stiff leaves will turn soft and smooth. You will end up with about half the volume of kale you started with.

Add the fruit, cheese, onion and nuts  Stir well to combine. Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the salad and stir to coat.

Watermelon, Cucumber, Feta and Mint Salad 

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 watermelon, diced into bite-sized chunks
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 ounces feta, crumbled
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • freshly ground black pepper
Directions:
Toss the watermelon and cucumber together in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil and pepper. Pour dressing over the salad and sprinkle with feta and mint.