California Salad

This past weekend I went up north to my girlfriend’s cottage with my sister for a much needed girls weekend. It had been years since I had been up there and despite the not so great weather; we ended up having a wonderful time. Pre-weekend I decided to whip together a California Salad inspired by this lovely little restaurant by my work called Lola’s Kitchen. This salad is quite hearty and can quite easily be made into a meal by adding some fish, tofu or chicken. photo 1(2)

California Salad
  • For the Salad:
  • 1 sweet potato (diced)
  • 2 beets
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar
  • 1 cup quinoa (cooked)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds (toasted)
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds (toasted)
  • 1 cup sprouts
  • ½ cup sundried tomatoes
  • 2½ cups kale
  • Coarse sea salt or kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • For the dressing:
  • ¾ cup olive oil (good quality)
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Toss potatoes with coconut oil, salt, and pepper to taste
  2. Roast until tender and golden, about 30 to 40 minutes, stirring once through and allow potatoes to cool.
  3. Place the beets in a large saucepan and add water to cover and the lemon juice or vinegar. This will help to keep the beets from bleeding. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Place pot under running cold water and let rinse until beets can be handled. Peel the skin off the beets and slice beets.
  4. For the dressing you want to combine the olive oil, vinegar, water, honey, salt and pepper in a blender.and then massage the dressing into the kale.
  5. Layer on top the rest of the ingredients for the salad, mix and enjoy!


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  • Reply Anna | One Prickly Pear July 31, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Hey, Rachel! I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. If you haven’t heard of it, you can google it or you can head over to my blog to get an idea of what this is all about. Hope you decide to participate and congratulations on becoming a FBC member too!
    Lovely salad, by the way 🙂

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