My favorite way to make a salad more hardy, more filling, and more satisfying, is to add a grain to it (in addition to having a REALLY GOOD salad dressing, of course). Because raw kale can be a bit tough, some people tend to avoid it. But the heat and moisture of just cooked quinoa in this recipe really helps soften it up.  And kale is sooooo good for you. Even my meat and potato loving non green eatin’ little brother likes this dish.

quinoa and kale salad

You will need:

1 cup Quinoa (red or gold or combo) or pasta of your choice, but quinoa is easier and healthier, so why not try it!

4-6 cups kale (your choice on how green you wanna go)

1-2 radish chopped (I have also used turnips)

1 cucumber sliced

~1/2-3/4 cup salad dressing of choice to taste (or the whole bottle–I’m loving Annie’s Lite Goddess dressing at the moment)

To prepare:

Add 1 cup of Quinoa (or pasta) to 2 cups of boiling water, turn heat to med-low and cover

Cook until water is gone and quinoa is fluffy, stirring occasionally

While the Quinoa is a cookin’, tear kale leaves into smaller pieces and place them in a large bowl—some people ditch the stems because they are quite tough, but I enjoy the colonic scrub of ruffage, so I include them

Add to that large bowl chopped cucumbers, radish and/or turnips

Add cooked quinoa, still hot, and stir.

Add dressing and stir some more—work that deltoid!

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center caring for children with special needs. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has treated patients with Operation Smile in remote Russia. She's had thousands of patients and clients in the US, New Zealand, Kenya and beyond . Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Dr. Madeleine Was the Medial Officer for Skincare 20/20 and has worked for over 10 years with one of the Worlds Largest Medical Groups. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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