Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Windsday Pinsday--Kale Salad 2

You will love this Quinoa Kale and Sweet Potato Salad.  Originally I found this recipe at The Bojon Gourmet Blog that I follow.  The author is a former unemployed (Bojon is backwards for no job) pastry chef in San Francisco who is now a professional photographer and blogger.  I like her blog. And I love this salad.  

Chop up the scrubbed sweet potato in 1 inch or so pieces.  Coat with extra virgin olive oil.  Place in the pan and roast in 325 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes.  Don't cook them to mushiness.   

Chop up a huge bunch of Scotch Blue Kale and cook the Quinoa as directed.
Tip:  Quinoa can be bitter if not soaked and rinsed.  Check the package for instructions or you may not like it.  Costco's large package that I buy is already soaked and rinsed, but I still rinse it off in a fine sieve before cooking it.
Mix together slightly cooled Sweet Potato, Quinoa, Kale and extras.  Add dressing at the last minute and voila'  you have the most delicious, healthy salad ever.  Serve warm or cold.

Quinoa, Kale and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

The Recipe:
1 large or two small red sweet potatoes
   Or orange or yellow cubed
1 large bunch of garden fresh kale
   washed, ribs removed and chopped
1 C quinoa toasted and cooked*
2/3 C toasted pepitas, or nuts(pecan
   or walnuts)
2/3 C dried cranberries

Dress with:
1 lemon, squeezed and seeded
3 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 T toasted and ground cumin seed
Several sprigs of fresh parsley chopped
Crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese

Prepare squash, chop and toss in
EVOO and roast in oven or toaster oven
at 325 degrees for 25-30 min.  Cover with
foil in toaster oven if begins to burn.
Cook Quinoa*.  Prepare Kale**.  Toast cumin
seed and crush in coffee grinder.  Toast
Pepitas or nuts lightly.  Stir together sweet
potatoes, kale, quinoa, nuts or seeds, and
cranberries.  Mix together lemon, EVOO
and cumin and mix into salad.
Top with parsley and crumbled cheese.
*Tip: Quinoa can be toasted in hot oil until
they pop, add water and cook for 15  min.
on low.
**Tip: Kale can be softened by blanching with
boiling water (pour over kale) then cool
quickly in ice water. Drain and let dry a little.

This is delicious.  Enjoy as a main dish with grilled chicken on the side.  Yum.



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