Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Raw Spiked Kale Quinoa Salad

We went for a surf today. It wasn't that good, but it was really pretty out. I needed to be down at the beach. It clears my mind. I've needed that lately, too. When we got back, I did some work and made this salad that my friend Roberta made up. She's an awesome cook. It also happens to be her wedding anniversary today. I remember the day she and her husband JP got married up in the Canadian mountains. It was dusk and the sunset was about the same color as that pink wave on the napkin in the picture up there; soft and happy. It was a really eco friendly wedding. The food was raw and they even had a bike you had to pedal to keep the music playing. It was special. 
If you're into healthy eating, eating raw food (not like raw meats, but unprocessed vegan foods that haven't been heated above 115ยบ Fahrenheit ...someone had to explain that to me once. Probably Roberta.) then you should definitely check out Roberta's site Being Berta. There's lots of goodies over there.

So here's the recipe for this salad. It's a good one, just like Roberta. 
Note to self: don't spill the dry quinoa. It's a pain to clean up!

Serves 2

1 bunch of kale, stems removed and shredded
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup sprouted quinoa (*I used cooked because I didn't realize sprouted meant soaking it in water over night, then draining it, rinsing it, and draining it twice the next mine wasn't exactly raw...I'm still learning)
2 green onions, finely sliced
2 tablespoons dehydrated pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons raisins or goji berries 

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon red chili powder (cayenne if you like it spicy!)
1 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tablespoons lime juice (about 2 limes)
1/4 tablespoon coconut nectar

*if you like more dressing, you may want to double up on the ingredients 


Massage the salt into the kale until the kale begins to shrink and take on a “cooked” appearance.
Add the carrots, quinoa, onions, seeds, and dried fruit and toss.
Whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over salad
Serve immediately.

oh Summer, you've been running me around this year, but you're special too

p.s. check out Roberta's husband JP's new video part here. He's a legendary snowboarder and not a bad surfer either. 


  1. That salad looks delicious. I like salads where the kale/cabbage has been wilted in salt. And you are right, there are many delicious things on Roberta's blog. Lots of inspiration.

  2. Just had to jump on here and say it, your posts- when they land in my inbox always make me smile. Thanks D.

  3. I recently bought kale for the first time but didn't know what to do with it besides adding it into a smoothie. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Yum, your salad looks so tasty and colorful! Love it... I need to try that dressing too, sounds good!

  5. Roberta just sounds like the coolest. I mean, you kind of have to be to pull off a wedding with bike-powered music. I think it's a requirement, actually.


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