Want a simple salad high in plant-based protein which is satisfying & easy to prepare? Look no further! This nutrient-dense salad fits the bill. You have black kale wilted in a tahini nutty dressing, protein-rich quinoa, sweetness coming from roasted veg & dried cranberries & crunch from seeds.
I have layered this salad up in a large salad bowl, but feel free to mix everything up if you prefer. It’s funny, from a distance, without the final flourish of seeds, cranberries & parsley, this dish looked a little like a pizza!
Serves: 2-3 people
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: (to roast the veg) 30 mins
Large squash peeled & cut into 2.5cm chunks (approx. 900g)
2 red onions, peeled & cut into 2.5cm chunks
2 red peppers, deseeded & cut into 2.5cm chunks
1 tbsp rapeseed oil or coconut oil, melted
140g black kale
Large handful of parsley, finely chopped
Large handful of dried cranberries
Handful of sunflower seeds
Handful of pumpkin seeds
Optional: Sprinkle of ground flaxseed
2 plump garlic cloves, minced
2 1/2 tbsp tahini
3 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast or 2 tbsp finely grated parmesan for non-vegans*
4 tbsp water
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
Salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 200ºC. Line a large baking sheet or tray with a little coconut spray oil.
In the baking sheet or tray, coat the diced squash, red onion & squash chunks with rapeseed oil or melted coconut oil. Roast in the oven for 30 mins until all vegetables are soft (I test with a fork!). Allow to cool.
Rinse the quinoa & boil for 16-20 mins. Fluff up with a fork & allow to cool.
In a bowl, mix together the salad dressing ingredients.
Using your hands, massage about a half of the salad dressing into the kale.
Transfer the kale into a large serving bowl.
Top with the cooled quinoa.
Top with the roasted vegetables.
Sprinkle over with chopped parsley, dried cranberries, pumpkin & sunflower seeds & ground flaxseed if desired. Season with salt & pepper.
Drizzle over the remaining salad dressing & serve with wedges of lemon for extra zing. Enjoy!
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