Full disclosure: I’m always intimidated to make salads, because I worry that they won’t be near as good as what I can order from a nice restaurant. But THIS is the recipe that changes everything! Easy? Check! Café-quality? Check! Elegant but fast to throw together? Check! Kale and Quinoa Salad with Fig and Walnuts will be your go-to “I’ll bring the salad” dish to show off to all your friends.
What (your ingredients):
1 bunch kale, torn into pieces
1 tablespoon pomegranate balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons walnut pieces
2 dried figs, cut into small pieces
1 oz. goat cheese
1/3 cup quinoa, cooked
How (your directions):
Place kale pieces into a large bowl. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Massage the kale for 2-3 minutes. Tip: Massaging kale allows it to become more tender and slightly sweeter!
Transfer salad to a plate, then top with walnuts, figs, crumbled goat cheese, and quinoa.
Enjoy immediately or the next day!
Why (the science): Quinoa is a complete protein, making it a great replacement for brown rice and other starches!