If you’ve been looking for a great healthy salad that’s a little bit different than some of the other ones you’ve seen lately, this might just be it. My friend, Mindy told me about this after church on Sunday. I couldn’t wait to check it out. This Kale, Quinoa and Avocado Salad is full of flavor in every bite. It has a fresh lemon Dijon vinaigrette dressing that’s easy to make. You can’t help but feel like a pro serving this dish to your family. Check it out and let me know what you think. It’s another great vegetarian option for meatless Mondays. Just whip up a great crostini to go along with this Kale, Quinoa and Avocado Salad and you are good to go.
Kale, Quinoa, and Avocado Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette
2/3 cup quinoa
1 1/3 cup water
1 bunch kale, torn into bite sized pieces
1/2 avocado – peeled, pitted, and diced
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Bring the quinoa and 1 1/3 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, and the water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Place kale in a steamer basket over 1 inch of boiling water in a saucepan. Cover saucepan with a lid and steam kale until hot, about 45 seconds; transfer to a large plate. Top kale with quinoa, avocado, bell pepper, green onion, and feta cheese.
Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, sea salt, and black pepper together in a bowl until the oil emulsifies into the dressing; pour over the salad.
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