I was having a “clean out the fridge” moment yesterday and came up with this salad. I had just bought some new white miso and experimented with that for the dressing. It’s a keeper!
You will need:
- 1 ½ cups quinoa (I used tricolored quinoa, but you can use whatever quinoa you like)
- 2 cups water
- Salt & pepper
- 1 bunch lacinato kale (also called dinosaur kale)
- 3 green onions
- 1 small red onion
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 bunch parsley
- 1 handful of roasted almonds
For the miso dressing you will need:
- 2 Tablespoons white miso
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- Salt & pepper
- In a pot, bring 1 ½ cups of quinoa, 2 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of salt to a boil. Put the lid on the pot, reduce the heat to low and simmer until all the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes). Remove the quinoa from heat and keep covered for about 10 minutes. Then you can remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. *Most recipes call for 1:2 ratio for quinoa:water. I like to add less water to retain the little bite that an “al-dente” quinoa will have.
- While the quinoa is cooking, strip your kale off the stems. Put the kale in a large bowl and drizzle with a couple Tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle on about ½ teaspoon of salt and massage your kale. Yes, I said MASSAGE the kale! Take the leaves and rub them down with your hands. Slather them with the oil and salt. Scrunch them around a little until they turn dark green and have softened. This massaging will take the bitterness out of the kale and make it a delicious green to eat raw.
- When you have finished massaging, roughly chop the kale and toss into a big bowl.
- Chop your celery, parsley, green onions, red onion and almonds. Add to the kale.
- Make the miso dressing by combining the miso, mustard, honey and vinegar in a bowl. Whisk until fully combined. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the quinoa to the chopped veggies and pour on the dressing. Toss to combine and enjoy!