Hello! I hope you've been making the most of this Monday! I think we've all established the fact that Mondays come way too quickly. However, I've also realized that Mondays always seem to fly by, so we give and take a little.
If you follow me on Twitter, you know I had a "light & refreshing dinner" last night and promised to share the recipe today. I'm not one to break promises, so here we go!
P.S. If you follow me on Twitter, you may also know that I experienced my first earthquake this afternoon. It wasn't big - but big enough for this Midwestern gal who had never experienced one before!
That, my friends, is Warm Kale Salad over Lemony Quinoa (which is covered up). After planning my menu last week, the two vegetables I had left were kale and cauliflower. I lucked out and found a recipe that used both.
I made a few minor changes - but was very happy with the outcome. This is a super light meal but also extremely filling. The combination of lemon and mustard is definitely a winner.
Warm Kale Salad over Lemony Quinoa
Adapted from: All Recipes
1 1/3 cup water
2/3 cup dry quinoa
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Warm Kale Salad Ingredients:
1 head of cauliflower, chopped into bite-size pieces
1 bunch of kale, stems removed and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
juice from one lemon
1 tablespoon olive oil
To prepare the quinoa, add the water and the quinoa to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 12 minutes - until the quinoa has absorbed the liquid.
To prepare the salad, fill a medium saucepan halfway with water and bring to a boil. Add cauliflower and cook for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add in kale. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl - be sure to reserve 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice for the quinoa. Whisk until well-combined.
Drain the cauliflower and kale - pour sauce over vegetables and stir to coat. Add the 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to the quinoa once it is done.
To serve: add quinoa to a bowl and place warm kale salad on top. Enjoy!
Yield: 3 servings