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Quinoa & Kale Salad with Honey Ginger Dressing

Quinoa & Kale Salad with Honey Ginger Dressing

There is a popular tv show on a popular cooking channel that gives chefs 3 mystery ingredients and they are timed and have to create something with the ingredients. Well that’s the same concept. Except we aren’t timed and we get to choose what 3 ingredients we want to cook with. This is how my Quinoa & Kale Salad with Honey Ginger Dressing recipe came about.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 cups kale
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 cup diced mango
  • 1 cup  matchstick carrots
  • sesame seeds for garnish

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup  grape seed oil
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp  fresh ginger root grated
  • 1 tbsp  minced garlic in water

Instructions

  • Cook 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups water (per package directions--I use my rice cooker).
  • While the quinoa cooks mix together the dressing. Combine the grapeseed oil, rice wine vinegar, honey, sesame oil, sou sauce, grated ginger, and garlic. Mix well and set to the side.
  • Place kale, cucumber, carrots, and mango in a bowl. Toss with some of the dressing (quantity depends on how you like your salads (really wet or on the drier side)). Then top the salad with a cooked quinoa. Pour a little more dressing on top and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Enjoy immediately.
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