Friday, April 19, 2013

Green Power Salad with Quinoa and a Pomegranate Vinaigrette

I have been eating like crap lately. Mind you, marathon training has me hungry all of the time and I'm not gaining any weight because the daily exercise is counteracting the junk. Regardless, as someone who has spent the last several years maintaining a pretty moderate healthy diet I am feeling disappointed in myself.

I wasn't surprised, then, when I started craving something green. But not just green: Something really filling that's jam packed with nutrients and fiber.

Thus, this amazing powerhouse of a salad was born.

Kale-Spinach-Quinoa Salad With a Pomegranate Vinaigrette 

Note: I have a bad habit of never measuring anything when I cook. I start getting creative and just adding/subtracting however I see fit. So don't feel the need to follow this recipe exactly...get creative and experiment!

For the Salad - 

3 cups chopped kale
1 cup baby spinach
2/3rds cup cooked quinoa
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 large handful pecans or walnuts, crushed
5 "cutie" oranges or tangerines
1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese

For the Dressing - 

1/4 cup pomegranate juice
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons agave

Step 1: Make your vinaigrette by mixing together listed ingredients. Shake well and set aside in the refrigerator while you make the salad.

Step 2:  To make the salad, place kale and spinach in a large bowl (it'll take up more room than you think!) and top with quinoa, avocado, pomegranate seeds, tangerine slices, dried cranberries, nuts and goat cheese. Combine and serve immediately.

As you know, Kale is pretty crunchy which makes it super filling. It's also the most nutrient dense leafy green, even more so when you eat it raw! I think the combination of the kale with the baby spinach adds an even more interesting texture. There's plenty of protein and fiber in the quinoa, but this would be fabulous with some grilled chicken breast as well! We also can't forget the antioxidants and vitamins we get from the pomegranate seeds, cranberries and tangerines.  The goat cheese ties it all together, making this by far my favorite green salad I've ever made.



Jess said...

This looks scrumptious i will be making this, this weekend. thank you for the recipe.

tiarenie said...

This looks so yummy! I so wish I could buy kale where I live! I forgot to respond to your ? about marathon training/tips.. I ALSO ate a ton of crap while I was training because - why shouldn't i be able to eat 4 slices of pizza if im not going to gain weight?! haha. i tried to eat a ton of fruit and lots of whole grain pasta for lunch on the days where i did long runs at night. also almonds were the only thing i could eat nearly right before a run if i was a little hungry and they never made me feel sick! oh, and drink LOTS of water (duh).

Mimi Finerty said...

This salad looks super yummy!! I have never used kale. Im going to go hunt it down in the Cypriot supermarket. Wish my luck! :)

Nikki | The Ginger Diaries said...

OH YES. I am totally forwarding this to the boyfriend! I need to taste this ASAP!

ifs ands Butts said...

yep, going to DM tomorrow to get quinoa. This needs to happen


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