The Greens + Seeds w/ Goat Cheese

Salad! Prior to Instagram, I never thought much about how my food looked – the people I feed just care that it tastes good. For me, it was nutrition (& of course, taste). Now, naming food…never really thought much about it either. SO, if you have any suggestions, ever, please feel free. I would love to hear! This scrumptious salad is full of Kale, SwissChard, Quinoa, Pears, Roasted Pistachios, & Goat Cheese paired with a delicious Aged WhiteWine Vinegar Dressing. It didn’t take long for this salad to gain some serious loyal fans. It’s kinda like things run on a loop in my kitchen: “…we love it! Can we have it again this weekend!?” – the feasters.

The Greens + Seeds w/ Goat Cheese
Author: thecrimsonsink
Ingredients
Aged WhiteWine Vinegar Dressing
  • 1/2 cup grape seed oil
  • 3 tbsp aged white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated (or 1/2tsp ground)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
Kale Quinoa Salad
  • 1 bunch fresh organic kale - washed, stemmed, dried, & chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh organic swiss chard - washed, dried, & chopped
  • 2 cups tri-colour quinoa, *cooked - as per package instructions
  • 3-5 green onions, chopped
  • 2 fresh ripe pears, cored & sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh goat cheese, chilled
  • 2 tbsp cranberry powder (optional)
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, shelled & roasted - oven at 325*F for about 5mins; until fragrant
Instructions
Aged WhiteWine Vinegar Dressing
  1. In a jar or small container, combine all of the ingredients except the grape seed oil. Use a hand blender and while blending, slowly add the grape seed oil - will thicken the dressing. Store in the fridge until ready to use. Good for 3-5days.
Kale Quinoa Salad
  1. Add the prepared kale, swiss chard, quinoa, and sliced pears to a large bowl and gently toss. Drizzle the dressing over & toss. Roll the goat cheese in the cranberry powder and slice into 1cm rounds. Top salad with the chopped green onions, roasted pistachios, and goat cheese rounds. Ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

~If you don't have a hand blender, add all of the ingredients to a jar with a lid and shake well, or in a bowl and whisk the ingredients until well combined.

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