I was looking through some old recipes that I hadn’t made in quite a while and decided that this Luau Salad could use some revamping and then it would be on the menu for dinner tonight. If you don’t know, kale holds up great for a salad that you want to have the next day (or a few days later) and not have a gross wilted sad mess of a salad. IF you are planning on having left overs, either don’t use romaine in it, or just mix in the romaine just before serving. Watercress would go great in place of it, or you could just do another leaf or two of kale.
Make sure that you “massage” the kale before all the ingredients get added in, it will make a world of difference for the taste. Rubbing it through your hands makes it much less hardy, and far more pleasant to eat.
Serves A LOT, maybe 10
1/2 C quinoa (cooked in 1 C water)
1 bunch of kale, torn
1 1/2 C romaine lettuce, rough chopped (if planning for left overs use spinach or watercress)
1 C red cabbage
1/4 C mint, chopped (OPTIONAL)
1/2 cucumber, diced
1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
4 Stalks Celery, diced
3 Green Onions, thinly sliced
1 Tomato, chopped
1 Mango, cut into cubes
1/2 C Pineapple, chopped (same size as mango)
1/4 C Unsweetened Coconut, toasted (add right before eating)
OPTIONAL GARNISHMENTS (add right before eating)
Pepitas or Macadamia Nuts
1 Orange, peeled
1 TBS Orange Zest
1/3 C Coconut Sugar
3 TBS Water
3 TBS Olive Oil
1 Lemon, Juiced (about 1/3 cup)
2 Tbs Coconut Butter (can sub almond butter)
1/2 tsp Ground Coriander
1/2 tsp Orange Flavor/Extract
1/2 tsp RealSalt (Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt works also)
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
dash of Ground Cardamom
For Dressing: put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Leave in blender bowl, because you will pour it directly onto the salad.
In a medium bowl, combine salad ingredients in italics. Put torn kale in a LARGE bowl, rub it between your hands for about 30 seconds to a minute to break down a lot of the toughness that kale has. After quinoa is done cooking, allow to sit for 5 min before removing the lid. After the 5 min, take off the lid, pour half of the salad dressing over the kale then dump the quinoa over the top of that & mix. It will make the quinoa stick to the kale rather than just all falling to the bottom of the bowl.
Next mix in the cabbage with the kale/quinoa. Dump out contents of the medium bowl on top of the cabbage/kale/quinoa, then pour the rest of the dressing over the top. Mix it and make sure that it’s fully coated.
Next toss in romaine (or spinach).
Dry toast the coconut by heating a frying pan to medium-low & putting the coconut on, but make sure it’s spread evenly. After a little less than 2 min, move around the coconut to make sure it doesn’t burn. Stir around for another minute or two and then remove from heat and top on salad with whatever other garnishments you desire.