If you like kale…you’ll love this recipe. This salad makes a great base for your favourite toppings. I added grilled chicken, but you can add salmon, avocados, nuts, dried fruits or shaved Parmesan.
I massaged the dressing into the kale for about 1-2 minutes. I don’t mind the texture of kale but massaging it does make it softer. Also, the dressing gets really mixed in.
10 oz raw kale, ribs removed and discarded
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1. In a small bowl mix together the oil, lemon juice and garlic. Pour over the kale and with clean hands start massaging the dressing into the kale. Taste the salad and add salt and pepper and continue to massage again. Taste again and adjust seasoning accordingly.
2. Serve as a side to dinner or have as a lunch.
3. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Yum! I really liked this salad. I do wish however I had purple cabbage to add more colour. This salad is super easy to make, especially if you have a food processor to help you. In a pinch you could buy the package of pre-cut coleslaw.
I did not add the black sesame seeds. I cut up cashews and added to the top instead of mixing them in. You can also substitute almonds if you wish.
Shredded chicken or pork would be an excellent addition to this salad.
I found this recipe on Pinterest, which lead me to the website thekitchengirl.com.
6 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup cooked Quinoa
1 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 cup chopped cashews
1 Tbsp toasted black sesame seeds
2 finely chopped green onions
1/2 cup Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette (see recipe below)
1. In a large bowl, combine cabbage, cooked Quinoa, carrots, cilantro, cashews, sesame seeds and green onions; cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
2. To serve, toss in sesame ginger vinaigrette
SESAME GINGER VINAIGRETTE
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup canola oil
2 Tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
1 finely grated garlic clove
1 Tbsp honey
Salt and pepper to taste
1. In a bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, canola oil, sesame oil, Ginger, garlic, honey, salt and pepper; cover, refrigerate.
Makes 3/4 cup
I took on the project of staining our back deck this weekend and I knew that I would have little time to make a good lunch. I found this great recipe on Pinterest which lead me to the website gimmesomeoven.com. I pre-made my quinoa the day before so that it would be nice and cold. This salad is super fresh and delicious! It is easy to make and it doesn’t take long to put together. It was the perfect salad to have while working outside on a hot day.
I crumbled the feta on top of my serving and did not add it into the salad. I also only used half of the dressing. I will definitely use the other half on a garden salad.
1 English cucumber, diced
2 cups chilled cooked quinoa
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup julienned or roughly chopped fresh basil leaves
1 batch Lemony Italian vinaigrette (see below)
LEMONY ITALIAN VINAIGRETTE:
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, homemade or store-bought
Pinch of salt and black pepper
To make the cucumber quinoa salad:
1. Toss all ingredients together until combined. Serve immediately.
To make the lemony Italian vinaigrette:
1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until combined.
*If you add hot quinoa fresh out of the pan, it will melt the cheese and wilt the basil in this recipe. It is recommended to cook the quinoa beforehand and chill.
This recipe is so fresh and full of flavour. It is so easy to make too! I found this recipe on Pinterest. It lead me to thegardengrazer.com.
I served my salad with chicken for dinner. I made extra chicken to serve it again as leftover lunch.
1 hothouse cucumber
4-5 ripe roma tomatoes
1 large red bell pepper
1 small red onion
15 oz. can garbonzo beans, rinsed and drained
Optional: olives, dairy-free feta, pepperoncini
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1. Make the dressing in a small bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk to combine. Set aside.
2. Dice the cucumber, onion, bell pepper, and tomoatoes (removing any excess liquid from tomatoes)
3. Put vegetables and garbonzo beans in a large bowl
4. Add dressing and toss to combine
5. Can eat immediately or refrigerate for at least an hour to let flavours combine. Some dressing will settle on the bottom, so stir before serving.
My son couldn’t get enough of these chicken bites. We are big pretzel lovers in this house, so combining chicken and pretzels are a sure bet! I found this recipe on Pinterest which linked me to sallysbakingaddiction.com .
This recipe is super easy to make. I used 3 chicken breasts and I also crushed 3 cups of Rold Gold Pretzel sticks. I also did not spray my chicken with the nonstick spray as my pretzels stayed on my chicken just fine. I lined a baking sheet with tin foil with excellent results.
Leftover bites are great chopped up and added to a salad.
1 and 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts or tenders
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or all-ourpose)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 large eggs
1 and 1/2 cups finely crushed Rold Gold Pretzel Thins (or more, as needed)
nonstick spray like Pam, or coconut oil spray
!. Preheat oven to 400F (204C). Line a large baking sheet with silicone baking mat or coat heavily with nonstick spray.
2. If using chicken breasts, pound down into little 1-1.5 inch pieces. If using boneless, skinless chicken tenders (chicken tenders are the lean strips of meat found attached to the underside of chicken breasts – they can also be purchased separately.) – simply cut into 1-1.5 inch pieces
3. Combine flour, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Beat eggs in another shallow dish. Pour pretzels into a third shallow dish. Coat each chicken piece in flour, shaking off excess. Then, dip in egg and let any excess drip off. Then generously roll in the pretzels, shaking off excess. Add more crushed pretzels to the dish if you are running low. Place the chicken bites on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly spray each with nonstick spray to “seal” the breading, which will prevent the breading from staying raw and allows it to bake onto the chicken.
4. Bake for 8 minutes. Turn each piece over and continue to bake until the outside is crisp and the centers are cooked through, about 6-8 minutes more. Baking times may vary, just make sure yours are cooked through. If you like them more brown, cook longer. Serve chicken bites with toothpicks (if using as an appetizer) and honey mustard. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
5. Make ahead tip: Baked chicken bites freeze well up to 2-3 months. Bake frozen chicken bites in a 350F oven for 20 minutes or until warmed through.
I love this salad. I can not wait to make it for lunch using fresh picked blueberries at the cottage. This recipe is from http://www.ifoodreal.com.
I could not find fresh basil, so I did not add it. I missed it, but the salad is still good without.
2 cups quinoa
1 cup blueberries
2 large avocados, diced
1 cup pecans
Lime Basil Dressing:
1 Tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 large lime, juice of
3 Tbsp basil, finely chopped
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1. In a large bowl, add quinoa, blueberries and avocados.
2. In a small skillet, toast pecans on low-medium heat until lightly brown, about 5 minutes. Stir frequently and watch closely not to burn. Transfer to a bowl with other ingredients.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together Lime Basil Dressing ingredients, pour over the salad and gently stir to combine. Serve cold.
STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Refrigerate covered for up to 3 days.
Amount per serving = 3/4 cup:
Total fat: 25.8g
Sodium: 297.1 mg
Total Carbs: 32.4g
Dietary Fiber: 8.3 g
WW points: +10
I came across this great recipe on the internet. I was looking for a great healthy chicken salad recipe that has some zip. This recipe is taken from http://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/the-best-curried-chicken-salad-youll-ever-eat/
I love pecans, but I only had raw almonds on hand. They worked really well in this salad. I also used a 4oz chicken breast.
This recipe is super easy and very very good!
1 grilled chicken breast (chopped)
1 stalk celery (chopped)
1/2 a red apple (diced small)
1/4 cup toasted pecans (chopped)
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup mayonnaise (to start)
1/4 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1. Combine all ingredients in bowl. Add additional mayonnaise to taste.
2. Serve in lettuce leaves.
I love this salad! It was super good paired with Lime Grilled Chicken. The next day I had leftovers of both. I just cut the chicken up into the salad….perfect lunch!
I took this recipe from The Best of Bridge – The Best of The Best and more.
CILANTRO LIME DRESSING
1/4 cup olive oil
juice of 2 limes
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp cumin
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
19 oz can black beans (turtle beans), rinsed and drained
1 red bell pepper, diced
12 oz can kernel corn, drained
1/3 cup chopped red onion
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
In medium bowl, whisk together oil and lime juice. Add cilantro, cumin, salt and pepper and mix well. Stir in salad ingredients and correct seasoning. Serve at room temperature. Serves 6
I have had this recipe for so many years. I’m not even sure what cookbook it came from. I have seen this salad with many different additions, crumbled bacon, sunflower seeds or raisins. I have also seen this salad with cubed cheese instead of shredded. This is a great recipe to make your own by adding the flavours/textures your family likes.
Below is the full dressing recipe, but I have cut it in half. I seem to be the only one who eats this salad, so I don’t like to make a whole massive bowl of it. I just add enough broccoli, cheese and onions to last about 2 days. I also find that the dressing has a lot of sugar in it. To make it less sweet….add less sugar.
Fill a bag and a half of broccoli spears
Medium red onion, diced
Grated cheddar or marble cheese
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp vinegar
1. Cut up broccoli and onions. Mix together with the grated cheese.
2. Mix together the sugar, mayonnaise and vinegar. Add dressing to the broccoli and let sit for about a day.
Halved dressing recipe
6 Tbsp sugar (I add 4 Tbsp)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp vinegar
My husband and I seriously loved this salad! I added chicken to ours and made this salad our dinner. I took this recipe from “The Best of Rose Reisman” by Rose Reisman. You can find the ranch dressing recipe on this blog as well under “Ranch Dressing”.
A tip from Rose: To bake a tortilla bowl, preheat the oven to 400F. Brush 2 large flour tortillas with a mixture of 1 Tbsp (15 ml) of olive oil and water. Place the tortillas over the 2 empty cans from the corn and beans and bake for 5 minutes just until browned. Fill with salad.
1 cup (250 ml) corn
8 cups (2 L) chopped romaine lettuce
1/2 cup (125 ml) diced sweet onion
1 cup (250 ml) halved cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup (125 ml) sliced avocado
1/2 cup (125 ml) canned black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tsp (10 ml) minced jalapeño peppers
3/4 cup (185 ml) grated Monterey Jack cheese or aged cheddar (2 1/4oz/65 g)
RANCH SALSA DRESSING
2/3 cup (160 ml) Ranch Dressing (recipe on blog)
1/3 cup (80 ml) medium salsa
1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped cilantro
1 cup (250 ml) broken baked tortilla chips (1 oz/30 g)
1. In a skillet sprayed with vegetable oil, sauté the corn just until seared (about 5 minutes).
2. Meanwhile, arrange on a serving plate the lettuce, onion, tomatoes, avocado, beans, jalapeños and cheese. Add the corn.
3. TO MAKE THE RANCH SALSA DRESSING – Combine the ranch dressing and salsa. Pour overtop the salad and garnish with cilantro and tortilla chips.
MAKE AHEAD: Prepare the salad early in the day and dress just before serving
MAKES: 6 servings
CALORIES : 255 (per serving, not including tortilla chips)