Quinoa Kale Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing ~ Did you make a “get healthy” or a “stay healthy” New Year’s resolution and perhaps already broke it? Or have you found yourself recently hiding and picking through boxes of girls scout cookies? Who me? It’s ok, really, those cute girl scouts get us every year too –– gah! I don’t really make the resolutions put I do try to stay on track for at least the first part of the year. To compensate for my *almost* two-days-old-eaten-box-of-thin-mints, I made a hearty and healthy salad for the week. Make it ahead of time to pack it up for an office lunch or serve it with some grilled chicken for a complete meal. I am happy to announce that I am now officially a monthly contributor on Studio 512 with it’s fabulous hostess Amanda Tatom. Watch us assembly this delicious salad below and look for more great recipes of mine to be featured on the show throughout 2015.
In this episode, I mention how to segment citrus –– you can watch that quick video HERE!
Loaded with all things good ~ Vitamins, Protein, Fiber, AND Flavor, dig in!
Cook quinoa according to instructions -- adding 1 1/2 of cups of water, bring to a boil then reduce heat and cook covered on low for 10 minutes. Then remove from heat and let sit in pan for another 5 minutes before gently stirring with a fork.
While quinoa is cooking add chopped kale and green onion to a large bowl. Slice oranges into segments and set aside.
In a small bowl or jar, add orange juice, poppy seeds, olive oil, honey, and salt. Whisk or shake together well.
Add warm quinoa to the kale bowl and stir until well combined. Then, add 1/2 of the salad dressing and continue to combine. Next add the orange segments and cheese. Give a final mix, adding more dressing if desired. Serve.