Spring Detox Kale & Quinoa Salad

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Spring Detox Kale & Quinoa Salad Recipe

Bowl of kale and quinoa salad on a wood tableThanks so much for joining the Fresh Start Wellness community. I am looking forward to sharing tips, recipes and inspiration for healthy living with you. I am grateful for your enthusiastic support of my new venture.

In celebration of Fresh Starts, I wanted to share this fantastic, spring-inspired recipe with you. I love one-pot/one-bowl meals because they are a great way to get all of the plant-powered food groups into my family in a way that’s quick, easy and delicious.

This salad is full of protein, calcium and phytonutrients to balance your blood sugar to keep you going all afternoon. Please let me know how you like it in the comments below!

Spring Detox Kale & Quinoa Salad
Serves 8
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  1. 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed and soaked for 4-8 hours
  2. 1 ¼ cups filtered water
  3. 1 ½ tsp Celtic sea salt (divided)
  4. 1 large head curly kale, washed, de-stemmed and finely chopped
  5. 2 Tbsp cold-pressed flax or hemp oil (or substitute extra-virgin olive oil)
  6. 1 ¾ cups cooked chickpeas, or 1 – 14 oz can, drained and rinsed (be sure to use a BPA-free brand, such as Eden Organic)
  7. 1 sweet bell pepper, seeded and diced
  8. 1 medium zucchini, diced
  9. 1 large carrot, shredded
  10. ¼ cup red onion, diced
  11. 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
  12. 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  13. ½ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  14. ¼ cup hemp hearts
  15. Juice of 1-2 lemons
  16. 2-3 tsp ground cumin
  17. 2 full droppers of Oceans Alive Marine Phytoplankton (optional)
  1. Drain quinoa and rinse well under cold running water. Place in medium saucepan and add water and ½ tsp of salt. Bring saucepan to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool, uncovered. When quinoa is cool, fluff with a fork to separate grains.
  2. Place chopped kale in a large bowl. Sprinkle with flax or hemp oil and 1 tsp of salt. Massage the kale vigorously until the leaves soften and the juice begins to release.
  3. Add cooked quinoa and remaining ingredients and toss well to combine, being careful not to crush the tomatoes.
  4. Adjust seasoning and allow to chill in the refrigerator or serve immediately. Garnish with sliced avocado and a lime wedge if desired.
  1. Leftovers keep for 3 days in the refrigerator and make a great packed lunch!
  2. Time-saving tip: If you do not have time to soak the quinoa, increase the amount of cooking water to 1 ¾ cups.
Fresh Start Wellness by Calgary Holistic Culinary Nutrition Expert Erin Gionet http://www.freshstartwellness.ca/
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  • Julie Tadeson

    Congrats Erin! You are the perfect person for this. Best recipes and awesome outlook on life. I can’t wait to follow you!!

    • Erin Gionet

      Thank you so much Julie! I really appreciate your support. 🙂

  • Carolynn Riemann

    Made this one today. Tasty with lots of texture. My husband typically doesn’t eat Kale salad but liked this one.

    • Erin Gionet

      That’s great to hear Carolynn! Thanks for letting me know 🙂

  • Erin Gionet

    I received this question from Gail on my Facebook page and thought I would re-post the answer here…

    Q: This salad looks delicious. I’m planning to make it. Why is it considered a detox salad?

    A: Hi Gail, that’s a great question! While this whole salad is cleansing and health-supporting, the kale and Oceans Alive Marine Phytoplankton are super-powered foods for detox. Both are rich in chlorophyll, which is very similar to our own hemoglobin. The only difference is that chlorophyll contains a molecule of magnesium in place of the iron in our own blood. Our bodies can easily convert chlorophyll to hemoglobin by swapping out the magnesium for iron. This in turn helps to flush and replenish, or cleanse, our blood. In addition, kale is an abundant source of sulphur, which helps clear carcinogens from the body. Marine phytoplankton is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. It is a concentrated source of many different vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and amino acids which help support all of our body systems. I hope this helps!

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