Friday, January 25, 2013

Quinoa Kale Avocado Salad

I feel as though this is the quintessential California surf meal. It's healthy, it's filling, it's easy and quick to make and it's got avocados. 

Servings: 2-3
1 cup of quinoa 
1 head of kale
1 lemon, squeezed
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 avocados
1/4 tsp. Himalayan sea salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

optional additions
olive oil
handful of cashews
nutritional yeast

*I try to use organic when I can of all of the above

Cook the quinoa (1 cup quinoa to 2 cups of water, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer; cover and cook until all the water is absorbed; ~10-15 minutes). While the quinoa is cooking make the kale salad... 
Remove the stems from the kale and place it in a bowl. Add the Himalayan sea salt and massage it into the kale so that the salt starts to "cook" the leaves (i.e. break down the leaves so that they are "wilted"). Keep going until you see juice start to come out of the kale. Next, massage the leaves with lemon juice, 1 avocado, garlic and pepper until well incorporated. Taste. You might need more lemon juice or more salt. Cut up the remaining avocado and add it on top. 
Remove the quinoa from the stove and place it in serving bowls (It's probably best if served cold, but I've enjoyed it hot as well). Mix the kale salad in with the cooked quinoa. Add extra avocado cubes on top if desired. Enjoy!

p.s.  thank you all for your supportive comments on Wednesday's post (and always). You guys are awesome!
p.p.s. Kale salad recipe provided by Roberta. Check it out here


  1. I just bought my first box of quinoa ever! When I was at the grocery store yesterday I kept thinking "What am I gonna make this with?" Ding ding ding! I think we have an answer haha. This post came at the right time! Will def have to give this recipe a try :)

  2. um YUM! this looks absolutely amazing. you seriously post the best pictures of food/ recipes that are so amazingly healthy! xo

  3. This sounds amazing! I have recently become obsessed with quinoa and I loveee avocados, sadly i am one of the unfortunate ones that has to pay an arm and a leg for them...worth it though :) thanks for sharing!

  4. making this shit.

    immediately (:

    my pink himalayan sea salt has been put to GOOD use since i got it xmas morning (: i am almost needing another one! yay for alkalizing sea salt (:

  5. oh yum yum yum! two of my favorite foods together!

  6. This sounds delicious. Avocados and I are tight so I might have to try this!

  7. DROOL!! I've recently gone vegetarian, so I will definitely make this!

    Also, I've made your bowl of life several times and I LOVE it!

  8. I don't care how expensive avocados are - I MUST EAT THEM ALL THE TIME. yum :)

  9. This looks super yummy, I'm going to have to try this!

  10. This looks really good. I've tried a few of the recipes that you've posted to your blog and they are fantastic! Hope your weekend has been great!

  11. Avocados and quinoa are two of my favorite foods! Sadly, living on the east coast, avocados aren't always cheap but I can't live without them. Salad looks delicious. Can't wait to make it.

  12. I haven't eaten much avocado, but I love quinoa so I'm looking forward to seeing how the flavours mesh. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I never would have thought to combine avacados, kale, and quinoa, but it sounds awesome!

  14. I really enjoyed this dish! I didn't have kale, so I used spinach instead and added tomatoes because I'd been craving them. Loved it! Thanks for the recipe. :)


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