Quinoa Power Salad With Orange Vinaigrette

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This quinoa power salad is for someone who is super health conscious. I know, some of you are not that into quinoa, but you must trust me on this! You will taste nothing but deliciousness and as a bonus, this salad will boost your immune system. Quinoa, an ancient seed, contains all nine essential amino acids which means a complete protein and is an excellent choice for someone following a plant-based diet.

To make this flavourful salad is quick and easy. Once you have the cooked quinoa, add kale, green onions, grapes, cherry tomatoes, oranges, currants and fresh parsley. To flavour this salad, I made a zesty orange vinaigrette. All the ingredients in this recipe make everything work so well together. The salad keeps well in the fridge, and the flavour develops more with each day. This quinoa salad is great for on the go lunch, for work, school or as a side to your favourite grilled meats or fish for dinner. 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups GF cooked quinoa (I used tri-colour quinoa), chilled
  • 4 kale leaves, stems removed, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup halved grapes, (red or green)
  • 1 large orange, peeled, deseeded and cut into bite size pieces
  • 4 green onions (spring), diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • ORANGE VINAIGRETTE
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. Grated orange zest
  • Himalayan salt and freshly ground GF black pepper to taste
  • Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine quinoa, kale, cherry tomatoes, grapes, currants, oranges, green onions, and parsley
  • For the orange vinaigrette, whisk together orange juice, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup and orange zest. Add to quinoa, season with salt and pepper and stir until everything is well mixed


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