Looking for a refreshing and healthy salad? This Quinoa, Kale, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Cucumber Salad with a drizzle of Hemp Oil and Pomegranate Vinegar Dressing is the perfect choice. It's packed with flavors, nutrients, and it's super easy to prepare!
For the salad:
- 1 cup quinoa, cooked and cooled
- 2 cups fresh kale, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 cucumber, diced
For the dressing:
- 3 tablespoons hemp oil
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey (or maple syrup for a vegan option)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
Prepare Quinoa: Cook quinoa according to package instructions, and allow it to cool completely.
Prep Kale: Wash the kale leaves, remove the tough stems, and finely chop the leaves. You can also massage the kale for a few minutes with a pinch of salt to tenderize it.
Chop Ingredients: Dice the cucumber and chop the sun-dried tomatoes into small pieces.
Make Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the hemp oil, pomegranate vinegar, honey (or maple syrup), minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
Assemble Salad: In a large salad bowl, combine the cooled quinoa, chopped kale, sun-dried tomatoes, and diced cucumber.
Drizzle and Toss: Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss everything together until well coated. Make sure the dressing reaches all the nooks and crannies of the salad.
Chill: Refrigerate the salad for about 15-30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
Serve: Serve your Quinoa, Kale, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Cucumber Salad in individual bowls, garnished with a few extra sun-dried tomatoes or pomegranate seeds for an extra burst of color and flavor.
Enjoy: Dig in and enjoy the wonderful combination of flavors and textures in this delicious salad!
Feel free to customize your salad with additional ingredients like roasted pine nuts, feta cheese, or grilled chicken for a heartier option. Don't forget to snap a photo and share your healthy creation on Instagram! 📸🥗 #HealthyEats #SaladLove #QuinoaPower