Gingery Kale and Quinoa Power Salad with Garlic Herb Cashews 4


A totally tasty way to get your greens in. Dive into Gingery Kale and Quinoa Power Salad with Garlic Herb Cashews!

Gingery Kale and Quinoa Power Salad with Garlic Herb Cashews
Gingery Kale and Quinoa Power Salad with Garlic Herb Cashews

This month my favorite natural food store, Native Sun Natural Foods Market, has quinoa on sale in the bulk bin – so I hope you are all ok with a few quinoa posts!  Quinoa IS one of the trendy foods of 2013, so just think, we’ll be ahead of the curve.

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This is one of those cleansing power salads that will just make you feel amazing!  Not only is this delicious and filling salad high in protein, it has tons of fiber, zero cholesterol, lots of calcium and the ginger aids in digestion.

Gingery Kale and Quinoa Power Salad with Garlic Herb Cashews
Gingery Kale and Quinoa Power Salad with Garlic Herb Cashews

Take a minute to scroll down and look at the vitamin and nutrient profile for this recipe…

So many vitamins and minerals are present in large quantities. Here are some, just to name a few.

Vitamin A 354.6 %
Potassium 485.6 mg
Vitamin A 354.6 %
Vitamin B-6 29.5 %
Vitamin C 97.6 %
Vitamin E 9.9 %
Calcium 12.7 %
Folate 18.8 %
Iron 22.8 %

Kale and quinoa are a one two punch when it comes to power foods. Kale can lower cholesterol, detoxify the body, reduce inflammation and is a powerful cancer fighter.  As for the grain-like seed called quinoa, to quote Worlds Healthiest Foods, “Perhaps the most striking health benefit provided by quinoa is its overall nutrient richness.”  Like kale, it also is high in anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and calcium as well.

This salad has lots of texture – crunchy nuts and soft kale – as well as many layers of flavor that shine through, a bit of tart lemon, sweet agave and nutty cashews.   Enjoy!

Gingery Kale and Quinoa Power Salad with Garlic Herb Cashews
Gingery Kale and Quinoa Power Salad with Garlic Herb Cashews

 

Gingery Kale and Quinoa Power Salad with Garlic Herb Cashews
Serves 6
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For the Salad
  1. 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed well
  2. 1 1/4 cups vegetable broth
  3. 1 bunch curly kale, de-stemmed and chopped
  4. 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  5. 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt/Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  6. 1/4 cup chopped Garlic Herb cashews (or regular roasted and salted)
For the Dressing (or sub 1/4 cup Annie's Sesame Ginger Dressing)
  1. Juice 1/2 lemon
  2. 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  3. 1 Tbsp agave nectar
  4. 2 tsp ground cumin
  5. 1 rounded Tbsp chopped fresh ginger
  6. 2 cloves garlic, minced
Instructions
  1. 1. Combine rinsed quinoa and vegetable broth in a small sauce pan, bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover; cook 15 minutes; remove from heat (still covered) for an additional five minutes. Save 2 cups and reserve the rest for another use.
  2. 2. Mix dressing ingredients in a small bowl; place kale in a large bowl and pour dressing ingredients over kale; massage dressing into kale for about 2 minutes - until the fibers in the kale break down a bit and soften.   Season with salt and pepper; add chickpeas and quinoa, mix well; top with cashews and serve.
Notes
  1. Vegan, Gluten Free
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Nutrition Facts
6 Servings
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 296.0
Total Fat 11.9 g
Saturated Fat 1.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.7 g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.8 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 500.7 mg
Potassium 485.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 41.3 g
Dietary Fiber 7.4 g
Sugars 5.7 g
Protein 9.5 g

Vitamin A 354.6 %
Vitamin B-6 29.5 %
Vitamin C 97.6 %
Vitamin E 9.9 %
Calcium 12.7 %
Copper 23.9 %
Folate 18.8 %
Iron 22.8 %
Magnesium 15.9 %
Manganese 55.1 %
Niacin 4.4 %
Pantothenic Acid 3.8 %
Phosphorus 27.1 %
Riboflavin 36.1 %
Selenium 6.1%
Zinc 10.1 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Dawn Hutchins is a health & wellness entrepreneur that specializes in plant-based living education and coaching. She's a published author, wife, and mother of one sweet little girl. When she's not crusading for the advancement of plant-based nutrition, she's camping, stretching in yoga and paddleboarding on her SUP.


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