I’m working from home today in a desperate bid to focus on the 300-page curriculum that needs to be edited by Friday. Fortunately, I picked up a new stash of CSA vegetables last night, so I had plenty of food on hand for my working-from-home lunch.
And so, in honor of National Kale Day, I present you with a recipe fit for ladies who lunch (in their sweatpants)…
Kale and Quinoa Salad
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 small onions, thinly sliced
- 2 garlic scapes or garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
- 2 sweet peppers, any color but dark green, diced
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1 bunch kale, cut into thin strips
- 1 bunch curly parsley, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
- Salt and pepper
- Thoroughly rinse the quinoa, add two cups of water, and bring to a boil along with a good pinch of salt. Lower heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes until quinoa is tender and water is absorbed.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium low heat and add the onion, stirring frequently until soft and starting to brown. Then add the garlic and cook for a few more minutes before adding your peppers. Cook until the peppers are tender but still firm. Turn off the heat and add some salt and black pepper.
- Whisk the Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar and some black pepper in the bottom of a large bowl. Gradually whisk the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil into your dressing and then add the kale, stirring to ensure that each piece is coated.
- When the kale is just starting to wilt and the quinoa, peppers and onions have all cooled a bit, mix them together along with the parsley and sunflower seeds. Let sit for 20 minutes or until you need a copyediting break.
This recipe makes enough for three or four lunches and is perfectly happy to marinate for a few days in the fridge. Double it and you’ve got a great contribution to a potluck picnic. I threw some halved cherry tomatoes on top for my lunch and may add some feta cheese when I have it for dinner.