Quinoa Salad with Chicken, Avocado & Oranges

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I love a big quinoa salad – not least of all because quinoa can be cooked and kept in the fridge to dole out into nutrient-dense salads all summer long. It’s gluten free, high in protein and fibre, and as technically a seed, it’s lighter in texture than most whole grains.

This combination makes use of leftover roast chicken (or pick one up at the deli if it’s too hot to cook) – try adding just about anything in season, or from your garden.

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Mediterranean Watermelon Salad

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Summer is (almost) here – depending on where you live – and watermelons are starting to fill up produce shelves. We love a good watermelon salad – that juicy, sweet crunch goes so well with so many other ingredients – it’s a great way to rehydrate and delivers a healthy dose of lycopene. Here’s a unique salad for this long weekend’s backyard barbecue – it’s sure to be popular all summer long!
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Spicy Soy Chicken Salad

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This is a little tweak on the original ladies’ recipe for Korean Chicken Salad. It’s got all of the rich soy sauce flavour (with a little bit of spice) of the original, with a couple modern updates. This meal-sized salad easily makes a full dinner for a family of four — if you don’t like iceberg lettuce, switch it out for your favourite green.

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Kale and Brussels Sprout Slaw

 

Kale and Brussels Sprout Slaw
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. Dressing
  2. 1⁄4 cup olive oil 60 ml
  3. 2 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice 30 ml
  4. 2 TBSP cider vinegar 30 ml
  5. 1 TBSP grainy or Dijon mustard 15 ml
  6. 1 TBSP liquid honey 15 ml
  7. Salad
  8. 5 cups loosely packed kale 1.25 L
  9. 8 large Brussels sprouts ends trimmed
  10. 1 small apple diced
  11. 1⁄3 cup crumbled feta cheese 75 ml
  12. 1⁄3 cup chopped pecans, toasted 75 ml
  13. (see tip, below)
Instructions
  1. Dressing: In a small bowl or jar, whisk or shake together oil, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard and honey.
  2. Salad: Pull the kale leaves off the stalks and discard the stalks. Stack and thinly slice the leaves. Halve the Brussels sprouts lengthwise and thinly slice. In a large bowl, combine kale, Brussels sprouts, apple and feta. Drizzle with dressing and toss to combine. Serve sprinkled with pecans.
Notes
  1. Tip: Toast pecans in a small dry skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan often, until pale golden and fragrant. Let cool before adding to your salad.
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Spiced Roasted Cauliflower

Tired of steamed cauliflower? Try roasting it!

Spiced Roasted Cauliflower
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Ingredients
  1. 1 head cauliflower 1
  2. 2 tbsp vegetable oil 30 ml
  3. 2 tsp chili powder 10 ml
  4. 1 tsp ground cumin 5 ml
  5. 1⁄2 tsp salt 2 ml
  6. 1⁄4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 ml
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Separate cauliflower into florets. Toss with oil and spread out on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper, then toss to coat. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring once or twice, until tender and golden.
  2. Serves 4 to 6.
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Island Pork Tenderloin Salad

 

The superb flavor of jerk pork – the perfect dinner for a summer’s day. This recipe looks involved but it’s not.

Island Pork Tenderloin Salad
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Ingredients
  1. INGREDIENTS
  2. Pork
  3. 2 tsp. salt 10 mL
  4. 1⁄2 tsp. black pepper 2 mL
  5. 1 tsp. ground cumin 5 mL
  6. 1 tsp. chili powder 5 mL
  7. 1 tsp. cinnamon 5 mL
  8. 2-3 pork tenderloins (21⁄2-3 lbs. TOTAL) 1-1.5 kg
  9. 2 Tbsp. olive oil 30 mL
  10. Glaze
  11. 1 cup packed dark brown sugar 250 mL
  12. 2 Tbsp. finely chopped garlic 30 mL
  13. 1 Tbsp. Tabasco 15 mL
  14. Vinaigrette
  15. 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice 45 mL
  16. 1 Tbsp. fresh orange juice 15 mL
  17. 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 15 mL
  18. 1 tsp. curry powder 5 mL
  19. 1⁄4 tsp. black pepper 1 mL
  20. 1⁄2 cup olive oil 125 mL
  21. Salad
  22. 3 Navel oranges, peeled, white 3
  23. pith removed
  24. 6 cups baby spinach, trimmed 1.5 L
  25. 4 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage 1 L
  26. 1 red pepper, in thin strips 1
  27. 1⁄2 cup golden raisins 125 mL
  28. 2 firm-ripe avocados, peeled & 2
  29. cut diagonally into thin slices
Instructions
  1. INSTRUCTIONS
  2. To prepare pork: preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Combine salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and cinnamon. coat pork with spices. Heat oil in ovenproof frying pan over moderately high heat; brown pork, turning often. Leave in pan.
  3. To make glaze: Combine ingredients and pat onto tops of tenderloins. Roast in middle of oven for about 20 minutes. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  4. To make vinaigrette: whisk together juices,mustard, curry powder and pepper. Add oil in a stream, whisking thoroughly.
  5. For the salad: cut oranges crosswise into thin slices. Toss spinach, cabbage, peppers and raisins in a large bowl with 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) vinaigrette.
  6. To assemble salad: cut pork at a 45° angle into 1⁄2" (1.3 cm) slices. Line a large platter with dressed salad. arrange sliced pork, oranges and avocado
  7. in rows on top. Drizzle some vinaigrette over avocado and oranges. Pour juices from frying pan over pork.
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