Quinoa Kale Salad with Orange, Pistachios & Cranberries

Serves: 4-5

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

1.5 cups uncooked quinoa

1 cup kale

2 medium oranges

1/2 cup shelled pistachios

1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

1 can garbanzo beans

1/2 cup orange juice

Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Measure out quinoa and 3 cups of water in a medium sized pot. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a low simmer and cover. Cook for 20-25 minutes until water has evaporated
  2. Chop kale into smaller pieces, set aside into large mixing bowl
  3. Peel and chop oranges into 1-inch pieces, set aside with kale
  4. Add pistachios, cranberries, mint leaves, and garbanzo beans to kale mixture
  5. Once quinoa is done cooking, add to kale/fruit mixture
  6. Add orange juice, salt, & pepper and thoroughly mix together
  7. Enjoy!

Lunches can get pretty boring and repetitious! I love to mix things up with a more unusual salad that packs in whole grains (quinoa), protein (garbanzo beans), healthy fats (pistachios), fruits (oranges & cranberries, vegetables (kale), and tons of flavor! You can meal prep this on Sunday and eat it all week for lunch, it’s a great recipe to keep in the fridge.

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