Power Salad: A Nutritious and Flavorful Lunch Option
Here’s a recipe for a healthy salad that can make for a filling and nutritious lunch:
Quinoa and Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas:
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 2 cups chopped kale
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 avocado, diced
- 1/4 cup chopped red onion
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- Balsamic vinaigrette dressing
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
- In a bowl, mix together the chickpeas, olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Spread the mixture out on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
- In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, chopped kale, diced avocado, chopped red onion, chopped walnuts, and crumbled feta cheese.
- Add the roasted chickpeas to the bowl and toss everything together.
- Drizzle the salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing and serve.
This salad is packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats, thanks to the quinoa, chickpeas, avocado, and nuts. Kale is also a superfood that is high in vitamins and minerals, and the feta cheese adds a nice savory flavor. The balsamic vinaigrette dressing provides a tangy and slightly sweet finish. Enjoy!