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Sweet Cherry Shredded Kale Salad - 15 minute easy shredded kale salad with cherries, quinoa, feta cheese, hemp hearts and very simple seasoning. No need to make a dressing. | ifoodreal.com
I made this shredded kale salad last week before I fell a victim of a food poisoning from sushi by Sunday. So, I haven’t disappeared I was just making even bigger friends with my bed. In 34 years, it was my first time and I hope I lost some fat deposits in the process. So, I apologize if I don’t make sense at times today. I am still recovering with 3 kids eating and playing around me in Tim Hortons while I am writing this post.

But I can’t complain because a cleaning lady is cleaning my house right now because I honestly couldn’t pull that off as well. Overall, summer has been going really great but I find myself even busier wearing 25 hats at a time. But I do take time off. I trained myself. Back to the salad…

Sweet Cherry Shredded Kale Salad - 15 minute easy shredded kale salad with cherries, quinoa, feta cheese, hemp hearts and very simple seasoning. No need to make a dressing. | ifoodreal.com

We grabbed two 10 lbs boxes of cherries on the way from Osoyoos and had more than enough to eat. Summer bucket list item – ✅. As a family, we agreed to grab 2 varieties: Rainier (yellowish) cherries which are sweeter and red ones you know from the superstore.

Sweet Cherry Shredded Kale Salad - 15 minute easy shredded kale salad with cherries, quinoa, feta cheese, hemp hearts and very simple seasoning. No need to make a dressing. | ifoodreal.com

By the end of the week we have had enough of cherries and they started to go bad. I am not a fan of cooking fresh fruit and berries. I just feel bad. I think they are so unique due to their availability for a short time. I want them raw. I feel extremely bad coating them in sugar and baking till they are floppy and of a dull colour.Sweet Cherry Shredded Kale Salad - 15 minute easy shredded kale salad with cherries, quinoa, feta cheese, hemp hearts and very simple seasoning. No need to make a dressing. | ifoodreal.com

So, I thought of a shredded kale salad with cherries, cooked quinoa, hemp hearts and crumbled feta cheese. I had all ingredients ready to go. Frozen quinoa previously cooked. Feta cheese that had to be used. Hemp hearts worked like a charm in this salad because they blended with quinoa.

Sweet Cherry Shredded Kale Salad - 15 minute easy shredded kale salad with cherries, quinoa, feta cheese, hemp hearts and very simple seasoning. No need to make a dressing. | ifoodreal.com

I absolutely love to use finely chopped dinosaur kale for salads. It becomes tender and at same time crunchy without much extra work. To be perfectly honest, I am not even a huge fan making salad dressing every time for a salad because simply I just don’t have time. Whenever I can drizzle oil and vinegar and sprinkle a few spices on a salad, I do it. In this case, lemon juice as well. They do a wonderful job tenderizing tough kale leaves without much work.

Yes, I was intimidated to cut and pit 2 cups of cherries but it wasn’t that bad at all. Take a paring knife and use firm cherries.

Enjoy this wonderful sweet cherry shredded kale salad!

Sweet Cherry Shredded Kale Salad - 15 minute easy shredded kale salad with cherries, quinoa, feta cheese, hemp hearts and very simple seasoning. No need to make a dressing. | ifoodreal.com

Sweet Cherry Shredded Kale Salad

Sweet Cherry Shredded Kale Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1 bunch (5-6 cups) dinosaur kale, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • 1/2 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 2-3 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 cups cherries, pitted & sliced in halves

Directions

  1. Cook quinoa as per package instructions or use leftovers.
  2. In a large bowl, add kale, olive oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix really well with tongs until kale shrinks a bit and all leaves are well coated.
  3. Add quinoa, hemp hearts and feta cheese. Gently mix. Sprinkle cherries on top, give a few stirs and enjoy cold.
  4. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate in a glass airtight container for up to 2 days.
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Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving = 1.25 cups:
Calories: 221.3
Total Fat: 11.1 g
Cholesterol: 12.6 mg
Sodium: 383.1 mg
Total Carbs: 25.7 g
Dietary Fiber: 5.4 g
Protein: 8.0 g
WW Points+: 6

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