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Recipes | Tomato Basil Quinoa with Massaged Kale
Tomato Basil Quinoa with Massaged Kale

Jazz up nutrient-dense quinoa with juicy tomatoes and fresh aromatic basil.

Tomato Basil Quinoa with Massaged Kale

Quinoa is a nutrient-dense seed and an ancient Incan food that can be eaten similarly to a whole grain and has a rich protein profile. Juicy tomatoes and fresh aromatic basil jazz up quinoa’s flavor profile, leaving you satisfied. Packed with anti-inflammatory and low glycemic ingredients, this salad may be helpful for stabilizing blood sugar. Eat alone for a snack, or enjoy with fish or chicken and a side of vegetables for a complete meal!

1 cup quinoa, rinsed (rainbow, red, black or white)
1⁄4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 1⁄8 teaspoon sea salt (divided)
1 3⁄4 cup purified water
1⁄2 bunch dinosaur kale (chiffonade cut)
1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
1⁄4 cup roughly chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoon organic cow's milk feta (optional)
2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon golden balsamic vinegar
2 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
2 tablespoon chopped toasted almonds

Heat a 3-quart stainless steel stockpot on medium heat for 30 seconds; add quinoa and turmeric and heat for 30 seconds, then add 1/2 teaspoon salt and water, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 15-20 minutes and do not stir. Remove pan from the hot burner and allow grains to stand uncovered for 10 minutes then fluff with a fork into a medium-sized preparation bowl, and set aside.

Massage kale with 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large preparation bowl. Kale should shrink by half the volume. Then, squeeze the kale and discard the juices that come out of it. Add kale to the cooled quinoa and set aside.

Add tomatoes, basil and feta on top of quinoa and kale mixture. Whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, 1/8 teaspoons salt (plus more to taste) and pepper in a glass mixing cup and drizzle on top of salad. Toss to coat and garnish with almonds. Store in the refrigerator covered for 5-7 days and serve at room temperature, cold or warm.

Yield: 5 cups
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

An original recipe by Siona Sammartino, MSN-DPD (’13), copyright 2011.

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