Readers, Digest: Quinoa kale salad

Quinoa kale salad Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Quinoa has become a popular seed and is a complete protein source, which means it contains all of the amino acids our body needs to build muscle and repair cells. Animal products, such as chicken and eggs, are complete sources of proteins, but beans and nuts are not.

This quinoa salad is simple to make and can be taken on the go. This meal provides 8 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and vitamins A and C. To put this in perspective, this salad contains 1 more gram of protein and 2 more grams of fiber than a turkey sandwich.

Total Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 1 2-cup serving
1/4 cup quinoa
1/2 cup water
1 cup of kale, shredded
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 tablespoon shredded coconut

Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil in a medium sized pot.

Add quinoa and simmer for 20 minutes.

Tear the kale into bite-sized pieces, excluding the rib.

Mix extra virgin olive oil, honey and lemon pepper to make the dressing.

5. In a serving bowl, mix together kale, quinoa and dressing. Top with shredded coconut.

Christina Saschin can be reached at [email protected] or @Stina127 on Twitter.