Summer is the best time to clean up your diet and get all of your servings of fresh vegetables in a single meal.
I have been making a lot of salads lately which is what I naturally crave during the summer months. In Ayurvedic medicine, summer is the season of Pitta dosha, or mind-body constitution, which is fiery and hot. Eating a variety of raw fruits and vegetables during this season is considered balancing for Pitta as it helps to hydrate and cool off the body.
The kale + quinoa salad I share with you today is one of my go-to meals this time of year. It is very delicious, filling and nutritionally balanced. It combines the perfect amount of leafy greens, plant-based proteins and healthy fats. Try it for yourself!
You can make a fresh vegetable salad the perfect meal by being creative with your ingredients. I personally love to mix in cooked grains with my veggies because it adds substance, nutrients and fiber. You can also toss in some nuts, seeds and chopped avocado if desired.
Choosing the right dressing is important too. Many of the store-bought dressings are packed with sugar and hydrogenated oils so making your own salad dressing out of natural, hand-picked ingredients is a great idea. It’s so easy too!
I used a creamy miso ginger dressing for this recipe which literally took me five minutes to mix up. It’s zesty and fresh, and compliments this salad perfectly.
Ok, no more taking! I will get right to the recipe because I know how much you want to try it.
As always, I like to keep things fresh, simple and easy for y’all. Enjoy & be sure to share with your friends!
- ½ bunch of kale*
- 1 ripe avocado (peeled, pitted and chopped)
- 1½ cup cooked quinoa
- handful of fresh parsley
- Miso Dressing:
- 1 Tbsp EVOO
- 1 Tbsp miso paste
- 1 clove fresh garlic
- 1 inch grated ginger
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Juice of 1 orange (optional)
- sea salt to taste
- Mix all salad ingredients in a bowl
- Add all of the dressing ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth
- Pour dressing on top of salad and mix well
- Enjoy while fresh