Friday, July 11, 2014

Blueberry & Quinoa Salad with Flax Lemon Vinaigrette

by Elizabeth

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Blueberry & Quinoa Salad

This Blueberry & Quinoa Salad and the Flax Lemon Vinaigrette that goes with it is full of “Superfoods”. 

Kale is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, but it’s also super low in calories. 
 
Quinoa is high in fiber, filled with protein, and is naturally gluten-free.
 
Blueberries are one of the best sources of antioxidants and also contain phytochemicals that could influence your metabolism, helping you trim your waistline.
 

Beets are truly “nature’s multivitamin” as they contain an incredible range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

 
Chia Seeds are a great source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Fibre, Calcium and protein.
 
Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. They are also rich in B vitamins, fiber and the essential mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids that are responsible for lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol. 

The Vinaigrette is equally filled with superfood – Flaxseed oil, Lemon, Garlic and Cayenne! 

 Oh and I guess I should mention just how delicious this salad is!  I love the zesty flavour of the vinaigrette paired with the nutty and slightly sweet and savoury flavour of the salad itself.  Perfecto!

 Blueberry & Quinoa Salad

Blueberry & Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Raw kale, stem removed and Shredded
  • 1.5 cups Fresh Blueberries
  • 1.5 cups Cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1 cup Raw beet, peeled and grated
  • 4 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • ⅓ cup Flax lemon vinaigrette (see recipe below)
  • ¼ cup Slivered Almonds

Flax Lemon Vinaigrette

Flax Lemon Vinaigrette: Yields 1/3 cup

  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Lemon zest, finely grated
  • 1 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
  • 3 tbsp Flax seed oil

Vinaigrette
• In a bowl, whisk together first 5 ingredients
• Slowly pour in the flax seed oil and continue to whisk until well combined.

Salad
• In a bowl combine kale, blueberries, cooled quinoa, grated beet, chia seeds and flax lemon vinaigrette.
• Top with slivered almonds.

 

Blueberry & Quinoa Salad

 

 

Blueberry & Quinoa Salad with Flax Lemon Vinaigrette
An amazing superfood salad.
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Blueberry & Quinoa Salad Ingredients
  1. 2 cups Raw kale, stem removed and Shredded
  2. 1.5 cups Fresh Blueberries
  3. 1.5 cups Cooked quinoa, cooled
  4. 1 cup Raw beet, peeled and grated
  5. 4 tbsp Chia Seeds
  6. ⅓ cup Flax lemon vinaigrette (see recipe below)
  7. ¼ cup Slivered Almonds
For the Flax Lemon Vinaigrette
  1. 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  2. 1 tsp Lemon zest, finely grated
  3. 1 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  4. ½ tsp Sea Salt
  5. 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  6. 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
  7. 3 tbsp Flax seed oil
For the Vinaigrette
  1. • In a bowl, whisk together first 5 ingredients
  2. • Slowly pour in the flax seed oil and continue to whisk until well combined.
For the Salad
  1. • In a bowl combine kale, blueberries, cooled quinoa, grated beet, chia seeds and flax lemon vinaigrette.
  2. • Top with slivered almonds.
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Flax Lemon Vinaigrette

Love Blueberries?  Check out these other great Blueberry Recipes:

Homemade Blueberry Mint Tea

Homemade Blueberry Tarts

Blueberry Pie

Bluberry Oatmeal

Blueberry Muffin French Toast

Blueberry Muffin Bread

Purple Detox Smoothie

Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Cheese Tarts

Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes

Blueberry Passionfruit Margaritas

Blueberry Ice Cream

Blueberry Smoothie

 

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

kathy downey July 11, 2014 at 10:52 am

Wow this looks so healthy,I really want to try this,thanks

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Stacie July 11, 2014 at 11:26 am

I love how you have so many superfoods in this salad. It looks delicious.

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Anne Taylor July 11, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Thanks for this recipe! I love quinoa and blueberries but I’ve never thought of mixing them before! We are going to have this on the weekend! I can’t wait to try it!

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Suzie M July 11, 2014 at 1:07 pm

I am going out to get these ingredients now

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DARLENE WISSENZ July 11, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Quinoa, I have heard a lot about this but haven’t given it a try yet. It looks like a good recipe

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Judy Cowan July 11, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Wow definitely a powerhouse of nutrition in this salad! Thanks for the recipe!

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Laurie P July 11, 2014 at 2:39 pm

I have yet to try quinoa with fruit. Sounds yummy though!

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MrDisco July 11, 2014 at 8:18 pm

now that’s a super food combo

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Heidi C. July 12, 2014 at 11:03 pm

What a pretty salad. Sounds delicious, too. I love quinoa as well as blueberries.

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MrDisco July 13, 2014 at 1:47 am

a great dish to reduce sugar intake

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Darlene Schuller July 13, 2014 at 10:53 am

This looks delicious.. I love blueberries!! Thank you so much, pinned for future use!

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kathy downey July 13, 2014 at 11:21 am

The kids did not like this but I enjoyed it

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Elizabeth July 13, 2014 at 11:53 am

haha I wasn’t able to sell it to Keira either. She didn’t like the beets or the texture of the Quinoa. More for me. ;) Glad you enjoyed it, Kathy!

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Victoria Ess July 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm

This looks so unbelievably good, and I will definitely need to try that vinaigrette!

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Debbie Bashford July 14, 2014 at 8:28 am

will have to see where I can get Quinoa in our area, have never tried it

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Jane July 15, 2014 at 5:37 pm

That vinaigrette looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

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JodiDejong July 15, 2014 at 10:42 pm

I made this tonight and used olive oil instead of flax. I didn’t have any lemon rind but it was good without it. I used chopped pickled beets and added extra almonds as I love them. lol The husband didn’t like it but I don’t mind as I love it and can eat it myself over the next few days :)

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Elizabeth July 16, 2014 at 12:34 am

To be fair, my husband doesn’t like it either but that doesn’t stop me from making it! lol Glad you like it!

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JodiDejong July 16, 2014 at 8:22 am

He may like it eventually. If I only made what he “likes” we’d eat nothing but meat and potatoes. He’s learned to suffer with what I make and is likely healthier for it :) That’s why I asked you first how long it keeps as I knew I’d likely be the only one eating it. lol

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