Portland Kale Quinoa Cinnamon Salad

July 13, 2018

Recently on a trip to Maine to visit my brother and his family, my sister-in-law made this incredible salad, which I just swooned over and then promptly tried to recreate by memory at home. I made a few changes, but the general idea is the same: a hearty, nutrient-rich salad with some of the best super foods on the planet, which is easy to make and….CINNAMON!!!! Really! You won’t believe it!  Thank you to Elin for the inspiration!

Portland Kale Quinoa Cinnamon Salad

serves 4

1 cup quinoa, cooked
2 cups kale, chopped small and then massaged (*see below)
1/4 cups toasted walnuts
2 pieces celery, diced
1 apple, diced

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. maple syrup
pinch sea salt

*To massage kale: sprinkle with a little sea salt and a drizzle of EVOO. Massage with your fingers for like 20 seconds, just until the kale is a bit softer.

Combine salad ingredients in a bowl, and the dressing ingredients in a jar. Eat at room temperature or cold.