This salad was spur of the moment inspired when I got invited to a potluck picnic in Central Park! I wanted to bring something hearty and satisfying while also being fun and summery. Whenever I get invited to a potluck anything, I always try to bring something I’d be happy eating as entire meal just in case there’s nothing else I can eat there. Luckily, that wasn’t too much of a concern for this picnic because I was with some other health savvy ladies but it’s become a habit of mine. Most of the ingredients in here are things I picked up from the local farmers market a couple days before. I decided to do a “cooked” salad because I’m pretty sensitive to raw vegetables (have a lot of trouble digesting them) so I try to switch it up when I can and incorporate lightly steamed or sautéed vegetables when I can. This summer superfood salad is not only good for you, it’s delicious and despite it being light and summery will really satiate you and leave you feeling satisfied. Try it yourself and feel free to mix up the greens and berries with whatever is in season for you right now!
Summer Superfood Salad
1 cup cooked quinoa (I added a little basil + oregano while it was cooking)
2 cups of kale lightly sautéed in 1 tsp of macadamia nut oil (or coconut/olive)
3 baby spring onions diced and lightly sautéed with the kale
1/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts
3/4 cup of fresh blueberries
3 whopping tbsps of hemp hearts
all seasoned with garlic, onion powder, and oregano.
I didn’t add any dressing to it because I honestly enjoy how the natural flavors compliment each other while still keeping it very light and airy. Great, easy-to-make dish to bring to your 4th of July BBQ or just your work for lunch on any given day! Hope you enjoy this summer superfood salad as much I do but feel free to post your own inspired variations of it in the comments section below!