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Loaded Soutwest Salad with Quinoa

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Massaged Kale Salad

Loaded Southwest Salad with Quinoa

This salad is fresh, filling, and loaded with protein from quinoa, black beans, and avocado. We love quinoa for its many health benefits. It’s a complete protein that contains all 9 essential amino acids, has almost double the fiber of most other grains, and contains important minerals such as calcium and iron. Make the quinoa and dressing ahead of time to have a quick and easy lunch on hand!


1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

8 cups spinach

1 avocado, sliced

1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained

2 cups corn, cooked

1 red or orange pepper, chopped

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

juice of 1 large lime

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped, divided

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

freshly ground sea salt and black pepper to taste


Combine quinoa and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until all of the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. When quinoa is done, set aside to cool.


Meanwhile prepare dressing by whisking together olive oil, lime juice, red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons cilantro, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper.


Once quinoa has cooled slightly, stir in black beans, corn, pepper, tomatoes, and 1/4 cup cilantro.


To serve, divide spinach onto 4 plates.  Top with quinoa mixture.  Garnish with avocado slices and drizzle with dressing.


4 servings


Berry Salad with Balsamic Dressing - Two Ways

Looking for a quick lunch or an easy side dish? This fresh salad is loaded with alkaline ingredients that balance the body’s pH level and are loaded with vitamins and anti-oxidants. Nuts not only add a fun crunch, but may also suppress a gene in cells that trigger breast cancer.


Strawberry Salad

1 10oz bag or 10 cups fresh spinach or kale

1 1/2 cups strawberries, sliced

1/4 cup red onion, sliced thin

1/2 cup pecans, halved

1 cup quinoa (optional)

1 Tablespoon fresh mint, chopped

balsamic dressing (recipe below)


Citrus Berry Salad

1 10oz bag or 10 cups fresh spinach or kale

1 orange, peeled and diced

1 cup strawberries, sliced

1 cup blueberries

2 green onions, sliced

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1 cup cooked quinoa

balsamic dressing (recipe below)


Balsamic Dressing

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 clove garlic, minced

salt & pepper to taste


In a large serving bowl combine spinach or kale, fruit, onion, nuts, quinoa and mint (if using). To prepare the dressing, whisk together balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, dijon mustard, and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste. Right before serving, drizzle dressing over salad and toss gently.


4-6 servings

Asian Tabbouleh Salad

Lightly steaming or sautéing vegetables preserves most of the nutrients so that they can boost immunity, facilitate detoxification, and improve digestion. Not to mention that lightly steaming/sautéing retains more texture, flavor, and nutritional value than other cooking methods. This salad combines lightly steamed vegetables with whole grains for a healthy meal or side dish that is filled with cancer-fighting antioxidants.


1 cup prepared bulgur wheat or quinoa (1/2 cup unprepared)

3 carrots, peeled and sliced

2 cups broccoli, chopped

1 cup sugar snap peas, trimmed

1 red pepper, chopped

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 Tablespoon coconut aminos, low-sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 Tablespoon honey or other liquid sweetener

1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, grated, or 1 teaspoon dried

2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped (optional)

salt & pepper to taste


Steam vegetables until crisp tender (about 2 minutes in the microwave or 5 minutes in a steam basket on the stovetop). In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, honey, ginger, and cilantro. Add salt and pepper to taste. Whisk to combine. Add the vegetables and bulgur. Chill until ready to eat.


2-4 servings


Massaged Kale Salad
Eating Well offers a fun way to get your greens with this recipe for massaged kale salad. Massaging the dressing into the kale leaves works in the flavors, so don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty! Kale is loaded with iron, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and K, not to mention that it’s thought to suppress tumor growth and protect your body from harmful cancer-causing substances that you may be exposed to in the environment.

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