Tara Liz’s Chopped Quinoa Superfood Salad (Dairy & GF)

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Spring is here and the summer is around the corner. No more excuses…it’s time to get on track with your health goals if you haven’t already started!
Start small by incorporating healthy salads into at least one of your meals. The healthier you eat, the better you will feel!
Here is a simple, delicious salad to get you started…

Tara Liz’s Chopped Quinoa Superfood Salad (Dairy & GF)

Yields:  2 large salads, 4 side salads

Ingredients:
1 bunch of dark leafy greens chopped ( Kale, spinach…etc.)
1 cup of quinoa
1/4 cup of sliced almonds, toasted
2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
1/3 cup of goji berries
1 granny smith apple

Dressing:
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small shallot, minced
Juice of one lemon
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Pink Himalayan Salt
Fresh Ground Pepper

Instructions:

1.) Start by making your dressing, Combine all of the ingredients into a small bowl and set aside while you prepare your greens. (This will soften shallots and allow the flavors to set in.)

2.)The first thing you need to do is cook 1/2 cup of quinoa in a small pot with 1 cup of water on low heat for 15 minutes. Then let sit for 5 minutes.

3.)While the quinoa is cooking, chop up your greens. I like to use both kale and spinach. Make sure to tear the kale off the stem and ribs. Thinly slice the kale and spinach and then chop finely. Place your greens into a large salad bowl.

4.) Pour the dressing over the greens and use your hands to mix the salad making sure that every leaf is coated, Set aside for 15 minutes.

5.) Toast 1/4 cup of almonds in a small pan on medium low with a teaspoon of olive oil and a dash of himalayan salt until they are golden brown. This will take about 4-5 minutes.

6.) Next chop up one granny smith apple into small pieces.

7.) Add the quinoa, along with the almonds, apples and goi berries. Toss to combine.

8.) Transter your salad to a serving plate and sprinkle with nutritional yeast.

Bon apetite!

Have a happy, healthy spring!

Best,
Tara Liz
XOXO

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