Celebrate the end of winter and arrival of spring with a warm salad made of sautéed curly kale, sweet roasted beets and crunchy red quinoa. Kale is rich in cancer protective isothiocyanates and the flavonoids lutein and beta-carotene. Beets contain compounds called anthocyanins and betalins. Red quinoa provides protein and cancer-fighting fiber. All these benefits make for a super nutritious, delicious, colorful, crunchy winter treat – a perfect salad for the seasonal transition.
Warm Kale Salad
- 4 fresh medium golden or red beets trimmed, peeled, cut in bite-sized pieces*
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. canola oil divided
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup red quinoa rinsed and drained
- 1 1/4 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth divided, plus 1-3 Tbsp. if needed
- 2 large garlic cloves finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
- 4 cups chopped fresh kale about 5 oz., preferably green curly kale, ribs removed, packed medium
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place beets in baking dish and drizzle with vinegar and 1 tablespoon oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Cover dish with foil. Cook 30 minutes. Remove foil and flip beets. Leave uncovered and roast until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Set aside. (If using canned beets, only roast 15 minutes.)
In small saucepan combine quinoa and 1 cup broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook until most of liquid has evaporated, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
In large saucepan, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Sauté garlic and paprika until garlic just begins to turn golden ye llow and is fragrant, about 30 seconds (don’t let garlic burn). Add ¼ cup broth and kale and sauté until tender-crisp, about 10 minutes. Add broth in 1 tablespoon increments to keep kale moist, if needed. Add quinoa and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Transfer warm kale-quinoa salad to serving platter or plates. Arrange beets on top. Drizzle with cooking liquid from roasted beets and serve.
* Canned whole beets (1-15 oz. can), cut in bite-sized pieces, may be used.
Grocery List • Golden or red beets • Balsamic vinegar • Canola oil • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • Red quinoa • Low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth • Garlic cloves • Smoked paprika • Kale
By Michael Kastre and Dori Mitchell, MS, RDN
Source: (AICR) American Institute for Cancer Research