Quick And Easy Warm Quinoa Cucumber Salad

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Salads are always a great option for a quick and nutritious meal. I personally am a huge fan of warm salads. All the nutrition, with a little extra warm hug.
This recipe makes a great side dish to a veggie burger, salad, sandwich, or whatever else your heart desires. 😉

Quick And Easy Warm Quinoa Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 bunch kale, washed & ripped
  • 1.5-2 cups raw greens of your choice
  • Sprouts/ micro greens (if you happen to have them on-hand, but not mandatory)
  • 1/3 medium cucumber, chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp jerk seasoning
  • 2 tbsp hummus
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Oil to coat the pan (I used coconut)

Instructions

  1. Peel & chop the garlic a bit to get the allicin building!
  2. Wash, rinse & rip up the kale.
  3. Add oil to the frying pan, turn on low heat.
  4. After a few minutes, add the garlic and cook until fragrant (about 3 minutes or so).
  5. Add the kale to the pan, and turn up the heat to medium. Keep an eye on it, flipping often.
  6. Chop up your cucumber, set aside.
  7. Add 1/2 of the jerk seasoning to the kale.
  8. Continue cooking the kale till the desired consistency/texture. I like my kale a bit crispy, so I let it cook for about 8-10 minutes on medium-high heat, flipping often.
  9. Add remaining jerk seasoning to kale, and turn down the heat to medium if you turned it up.
  10. Add quinoa, and a bit more oil if necessary to avoid the quinoa sticking to the pan.
  11. Add the cucumber and hummus into a bowl, mixing well.
  12. Sometime in here, rip up your raw greens.
  13. After the quinoa has been cooking for about 3-5 minutes, add the cucumber and hummus to the pan, turning the heat back down to low.
  14. Stir/flip ingredients in the frying pan until everything looks nice and mixed up.
  15. Remove frying pan from heat.
  16. In a large bowl, combine the raw greens and warmed ingredients.
  17. Serve, topping with micro greens or sprouts.

Serves 2 as a side.

Originally posted January 25/16.
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