Twelve Superfoods Salad

There’s so much healthiness going on in this salad that I think of it as a miracle worker.

Something that makes up for the cookies and brownies and margaritas I like to enjoy.

Twelve Superfoods Salad - Trying to eat healthier? MAKE THIS easy, flavorful salad!! Loaded with everything HEALTHY and it tastes awesome! Kale, quinoa, edamame, blueberries, grapes, seeds, nuts, and more!!

What’s a superfood? If you consult Google you’ll have plenty of information to choose from. I like to think of superfoods as nutrient-dense foods that help our bodies function optimally.

I pulled some frequently mentioned superfoods from lists like this and this and worked 12 of my favorites into the salad: kale, blueberries, grapes, dried cherries, quinoa, sunflower seeds, walnuts, edamame, oranges (orange juice), olive oil, garlic, and Greek yogurt. The dressing is light, zippy, slightly creamy, and made with the final four ingredients listed.

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Twelve Superfoods Salad - Trying to eat healthier? MAKE THIS easy, flavorful salad!! Loaded with everything HEALTHY and it tastes awesome! Kale, quinoa, edamame, blueberries, grapes, seeds, nuts, and more!!

You could easily bump this up to a fifteen+ superfoods salad by adding broccoli, cauliflower, shitake mushrooms, flaxseeds, beans, salmon, and more. When it comes to salads, I love the ‘kitchen sink’ approach. The more the merrier when it comes to flavor, texture, and variety. If you don’t have all twelve ingredients on hand, use what you have and mix and match with other ingredients because this is a very flexible recipe.

I love the fresh blueberries and sweet juicy grapes with kale which is more bitter. There’s chewy and tart dried cherries, crunchy sunflower seeds and walnuts, and the quinoa and edamame add protein and a satisfying heartiness. The cheese adds a savory element and balances the sweet fruit. We loved this salad and it reminds me of something you’d find at the Whole Foods salad bar but homemade is even better.

Twelve Superfoods Salad - Trying to eat healthier? MAKE THIS easy, flavorful salad!! Loaded with everything HEALTHY and it tastes awesome! Kale, quinoa, edamame, blueberries, grapes, seeds, nuts, and more!!

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Twelve Superfoods Salad

There's so much healthiness going on in this salad that I like to think of it as a miracle worker. I worked 12 of my favorite superfoods into the salad: kale, blueberries, grapes, dried cherries, quinoa, sunflower seeds, walnuts, edamame, oranges (orange juice), olive oil, garlic, and Greek yogurt. The dressing is light, zippy, slightly creamy, and is made with the final four ingredients listed. I love 'kitchen sink' salads. The more the merrier when it comes to flavor, texture, and variety. I love the fresh blueberries and sweet juicy grapes with kale which is more bitter. There's chewy and tart dried cherries, crunchy sunflower seeds and walnuts, and the quinoa and edamame add protein and a satisfying heartiness. The cheese adds a savory element and balances the sweet fruit.

Yield: serves 2 generously or 4 modestly

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 15 minutes

Total Time: about 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa, cooked according to package directions
  • 1/2 cup frozen edamame, cooked according to package directions
  • 1/2 bunch curly kale (about 4 to 5 cups), chopped or torn into bite-sized pieces with thick ribs removed
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup red grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped if necessary (dried cranberries may be substituted)
  • 1/3 cup feta, goat, or parmesan cheese, crumbled or shredded
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (I used unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (I used unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Greek yogurt (I used 0% fat, sour cream may be substituted)

Directions:

  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions, likely cooking with 1 cup water to the 1/2 cup dry quinoa. Transfer about half of the cooked quinoa to a very large bowl. I don't use all the quinoa for the salad and save the rest for another use. I find it too difficult to cook less than 1/2 cup dry quinoa.
  2. Cook edamame according to package directions. Drain and add to the bowl.
  3. To the bowl, add the kale, blueberries, grapes, dried cherries, cheese, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and stir to combine; set aside.
  4. To a glass mason jar with a lid (or similar jar with a lid), add the orange juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, seal with lid, and shake vigorously to combine; about 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Add the Greek yogurt and shake until creamy and incorporated, about 1 minute. Taste and check for seasoning balance, adding more salt, pepper, etc. as necessary. I prefer this dressing to be on the saltier side because it's going to be coating a large bowl of unseasoned kale, vegetables, and quinoa and you need it to read salty out of the jar to properly flavor the salad.
  6. Add desired amount of dressing to salad, toss well to combine, and serve immediately. Extra dressing will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 1 week; shake vigorously before using.

Dressing adapted from Food Network

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14 comments

  1. This is a fabulous looking salad–totally my style!! I have mango chobani and a little snack pack of freeze dried edamame but otherwise I can make this as is for lunch. I had plans to use up the last of my grapes and goat cheese today anyway!😊

  2. This salad is so different! We’re very excited to test out its new and amazing flavors for lunch here at HQ. Thanks for sharing!

    xo,
    The Newsette
    http://www.thenewsette.com

  3. Healthy is happy for sure! And this salad seriously looks amazing and so so good! I could shovel my face and never look back with this one! :) Great recipe.

  4. Wow this salad looks so good….we’ve been living on salads lately since it’s too hot to cook. I love adding fruit to salad so you get that natural sweetness…adding to the rotation.

  5. This salad looks so delicious!! I love quinoa in salads!! Such a nice healthy summer dinner!! Can’t wait to try it!

  6. Wait. Blueberries count as superfood? I feel so healthy right now. Could eat blueberries allday-everyday :’) This salad looks so refreshing and delicious. Bonus points for the healthy part ;)

  7. hey girl- this looks so yummy!

  8. This looks so good and delicious!! Can’t wait to try it.
    Thanks Averie!

  9. Superfoods are super in right now. Trying to stay healthy. Thanks for the recipes!

  10. So many wonderful salads to choose from here! The two that pop out to me are the Superfoods (Love the combination of mixed fruits and variety of ingredients) and BLT (I like how you added the veggies-best BLT salad I’ve seen). I’ve pinned these and look forward to trying them.

  11. How can u print these off

  12. Loved this recipe, but really wish you would add estimated calorie counts!

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