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Quinoa Salad

Quinoa has all the essential amino acids we need, a complete protein. So I was excited to try a Tabbouleh Salad recipe in  “Quinoa – the Everyday Superfood 365” by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming.

Original Tabbouleh Salad with Parsley and Mint

Original Tabbouleh Salad with Parsley and Mint

TabboulehIngredients

My daughter found their recipe was too lemon-y so I doubled the Quinoa. Everyone seemed to like it better if I omitted the Parsley and Mint too.  Instead of seeding regular Tomatoes, I simply halved Grape Tomatoes.  I added Lentils, sliced spinach or kale, colorful bell peppers, acids and spices.   Then I served the Cucumber on the side as it made the salad too soggy, even if you seeded it.

So my adaptation is simply Quinoa Salad.  Its fresh, colorful and healthy.   Best served at room temperature.


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Strawberry & Spinach Salad

Strawberry and Spinach Salad

Strawberry and Spinach Salad

I made a few substitutions to healthify this Strawberry and Spinach Salad.  Balsamic Vinegar is magical with Strawberries just ask Jamie Oliver!  Green Stevia lets me reduce the Coconut Sugar by half. The toasted, slivered Almonds and GF Fried Onions gives this colorful salad texture and crunch. I found the dressing is good for 2 to 3 salads.  A little goes a long ways as it “cooks” the greens as it sits.


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Miso Sesame Kale Salad

Two Kitchens Miso Kale Salad

Two Kitchens Miso Kale Salad

Jenn, my Stinger alumni wrangled this recipe from a friend of hers.  I’m so glad she did.  It’s posted on her Two Kitchens Blog or you can open this Miso Sesame Kale Salad PDF.  I’m so addicted to this salad that I’ve included the measurements for doubling and quadrupling the recipe.  I eat it almost every day.  Note:  Just like the Strawberry & Spinach Salad recipe, let the tossed salad sit for 10 minutes or so to “cook” the kale leaves.  Savory, sweet and a bit salty…love it.


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Killer Caesar Salad with Oyster Croutons

I really enjoyed this Caesar Salad at my friend’s house.  Sherri mentioned that she got this Killer Caesar Salad with Oyster Croutons recipe from a Chuck’s Day Off episode on the Food Network.  My PDF shows both the original and a variation.  I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and substitute the flour. Anchovies and Capers are optional, but they make the dressing so Give It a GO !  There’s nothing worse than soggy salad, so go easy on the dressing and you’ll have leftovers for manana !

Killer Caesar Salad with Oyster Croutons

Killer Caesar Salad with Oyster Croutons