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Kale & Blueberry Quinoa Salad with Warm Onion Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Kale & Blueberry Quinoa Salad is a triple threat combo that packs a nutritional punch! Tossed in a heavenly warm onion balsamic vinaigrette, this fresh and healthy salad is so delicious and easy to make!

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Ingredients

Salad

Dressing

Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions.  Refrigerate till cooled.
  2. Wash and prepare the kale by removing the middle stem (or rib) using a paring knife. Coarsely chop the remaining soft leaves and place in a large bowl.
  3. Prepare the vinaigrette by heating the olive oil in a small fry pan.  Add the garlic and chopped onions and cook for a minute, then add the salt and maple syrup or honey and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes, until the onions are softened.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a blender, add the balsamic vinegar, and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour the dressing over the kale and massage thoroughly with your hands until the kale becomes soft and tenderized.
  6. Toss the kale with the remaining salad ingredients: quinoa, blueberries (or other fruit of choice), goat cheese and pine nuts.
  7. Serve warm right away.  If not serving right away, leave the goat cheese off until ready to serve.

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Keywords: salad, kale, blueberries, quinoa, goat cheese, pine nuts, balsamic, side dish, main dish