Simple Greens and Quinoa Salad

A recipe by Amy Torres of Amy's Nutritarian Kitchen

http://amysnutritariankitchen.blogspot.com/2016/03/simple-greens-and-quinoa-salad.html

Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 2 main dish servings, or 4-5 side salad servings


Ingredients:

  • 1 medium haas avocado (or 1/2 avocado and 1/2 cup defrosted green peas)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about one lemon)
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange/clementine juice
  • 6-8 cups mixed dark greens (mixed baby greens, arugula, spinach, kale, etc.)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (chilled or at room temperature)
  • black pepper and salt as desired

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the avocado (and peas if using), lemon juice, and orange juice.  With a fork, mash and mix until combined and slightly chunky.
  2. Add the mixed greens.  Using your clean/gloved hands, massage and mix the avocado dressing into the greens.  Wash your hands.
  3. Next, add in the cooked quinoa and stir to combine.
  4. Serve chilled by itself or with your favorite bean on top.

Notes:

This is a perfect salad to make when you are in a time crunch.  I brought these ingredients to work and mixed the salad in under 5 minutes.  This is also a great base salad to add other salad ingredients to such as green or red onions, julienne carrots, sliced radishes, mandarin oranges, diced tomatoes, dried fruit, raw nuts, etc.


Since this has been my regular salad for a while, I pre-cooked a couple cups of quinoa to mix in when I'm making a batch.  If you are making quinoa fresh, make sure to allow it to cool before mixing so that you don't wilt your greens.


As an extra tip, if you are using kale, just remove the stem and don't bother chopping.  When you are mixing the avocado by hand, simply rip the kale into bite size pieces.