Most people think of having a salad for a lunch meal. It’s light, refreshing, and a feel good health choice during a chaotic, stress-filled day. But this Kale Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette is so satisfying and filling that even the heartiest eaters can enjoy it for lunch or dinner without wanting to eat something else to go along with it.
High up on the list of great alkaline foods to eat includes salads. I’ve always loved salads. They are an easy and quick way to add a ton of alkalizing foods into your diet that go with just about any type of cuisine.
Not only do salads have a lot of vitamins and minerals, but the organic greens also have a lot of water which is great for helping to alkalize your body. Salads can be super healthy and so versatile, and to help get the most nutritional bang for your buck, use as many different colors from vegetables as possible.
No salad ever needs to be the same. The Kale Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette is what I call the Super Salad and is one of my favorites for MANY reason.
When making the transition to an alkaline lifestyle, kale is truly something you should strive to eat daily. It can be very versatile if you just use a little creative thinking.
You can hide it in smoothies, soups, salads, and kale can even be snacked on as crispy chips. It’s is full of fiber and protein which will help you feel satisfied after eating and help control snacking later.
Avocados are an alkaline diet staple, and is often referred to as ‘God’s Butter’! The use of this creamy, delicious treat in this salad helps satisfy you because it’s loaded with healthy fat and protein.
The pomegranate is an alkaline superfood containing high levels antioxidants offering protection against heart disease and cancer. A glass of pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries, and cranberries.
Daily intake of just one ounce of pomegranate juice has been shown to drastically improve health issues such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and obesity.
Almonds are full of vitamins, alkaline minerals, protein, and fiber with just one ounce containing 1/8 our necessary daily intake of protein. They are also a source of unsaturated fatty acids which can help prevent cardiovascular disease.
But the nutritional star of this dish has to be the quinoa. Quinoa is naturally gluten free, contains iron, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and fatty acids. In fact, quinoa is one of the most protein rich foods we can eat AND it contains twice as much fiber as other grains.
Quinoa is one of only a few plant foods to be considered a complete protein. Adding this to recipes will help regulate your digestive system and keep you fuller longer.
Kale Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
- 4 cups chopped kale
- 1 avocado diced
- ½ cup cooked quinoa
- ½ cup pomegranate arils (seeds)
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 3 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tsp. of sea salt (Himalayan, Celtic Grey, or Real Salt)
- Fresh ground pepper
Whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a bowl. Set aside.
Place kale in a large bowl; top with avocado, quinoa, pomegranate, and almonds. Pour the dressing on top of the salad and gently toss to combine. Add Salt and Pepper to season and ENJOY!