Meatless Monday: Cali Kale + Quinoa Salad
Happy Meatless Monday and last Monday of July! I don’t know about you but for me, July really flew by quickly. The better part of it has been spent traveling including my time in California for BlogFest.
While I was at BlogFest I got to try a lot of new delicious snack foods, particularly at the Expo but aside from that (and due to not a lot of free time) my food choices were pretty limited to the little quad area where we were staying.
One restaurant in particular called Yard House (pretty sure it’s a chain restaurant but it was new to me) was responsible for keeping me nourished approximately 75% of my stay. The other 25% was from the Starbucks next door 😉 Anyway, the one dish that I ordered there at least 5 times in the 3 days was the kale salad so I decided to do my own little spin on it for Meatless Monday!
It is actually listed on their menu as the Kale Caesar Salad but given my dietary restrictions I took out everything Caesar like and just renamed it the Cali Kale + Quinoa Salad. Constructed with baby kale, quinoa, golden raisins, pistachios, dairy free cheese and cherry tomatoes, it’s my own little taste of California in New York.
While my recreation does have the dairy free (Daiya) cheese on it, the one I had in the restaurant didn’t. I also don’t eat tomatoes but the salad was screaming for some color, I promptly picked them off after photographing- you can choose to leave them on 😉
Ps. Not pictured is any dressing- I used oil and balsamic vinegar while California but feel free to use any kind you prefer. An orange vinaigrette would taste amazing but I didn’t have anything of the sort on hand.
Cali Kale + Quinoa Salad
- 4-5 oz baby kale
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/8 cup golden raisins
- 1/8 cup pistachios
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/3 cup dairy free cheese (I used Daiya)
- Oil & vinegar to taste or dressing of choice
- Place kale on plate then top with rest of ingredients.
- Drizzle dressing on top and enjoy!
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