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Kale & Quinoa Salad - AKA Smug Salad

By Elle Black

Serves 1, as a salad course


2 stems curly organic kale, stalk removed and chopped
½ cup organic quinoa, cooked to packet instructions
½ cup roughly chopped cucumber
½ cup roughly chopped tomatoes
1 avocado, roughly chopped
good handful of parsley, chopped
juice of ½ to 1 lemon
olive oil


Rinse the cooked quinoa under the cold tap through a sieve. Push the excess water through and leave to drain.
After chopping the kale, put it into your salad bowl and pour a little olive oil over it. Now rub, rub, rub the kale in between your fingers making sure the oil is massaged into kale. It should slightly change colour.
Once you’re done with the kale, mix all the ingredients together in the bowl. Squeeze the lemon juice, mix around and taste. You might not need any additional olive oil and will likely need to adjust the amount of lemon juice according to your taste buds.

I did not name this salad. Every time I have this my husband thinks he is being hilarious by asking if I’m eating a smug salad. Hence it is now known in our house as a “smug salad”. Why smug? Well it has two of my favorite superfoods – kale and quinoa.


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