Baby Kale Salad With Artichokes, Chickpeas, & Prosciutto Crisps

When it comes to lettuce salads, I have very particular tastes and very high standards. I like to use mixed healthy greens as my base both for flavor and nutritional value, and I avoid such everyday boring old lettuce varieties such as iceberg. My salads need lots of texture and crunch, and I prefer olive oil and vinegar dressings over heavier creamy ones. I enjoy making big salads that can become an entire meal on their own by adding protein in the form of meat, beans or nuts, and I like to add lots of fresh, seasonal vegetables when I can.

I was at a local specialty store recently and found a new variety of mixed greens that I had not seen before that contained baby kale and spinach. Although I do like to add regular kale to my salads, I do know that raw kale can be an acquired taste and isn’t for everyone. This baby kale mix by Organic Girl is great, because the tender little kale leaves are very mild in flavor compared to the full grown variety but still have that earthy green taste I like so much. If you cannot find baby kale, you can use baby spinach, arugula, a mesclun mix, or any salad greens you prefer. I was craving Mediterranean flavors and my salad was going to be our entire meal, so I added chickpeas, artichoke hearts, cucumbers, onions, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and prosciutto crisps. To dress this salad, I kept it simple and used white balsamic vinegar and olive oil, lightly seasoned with oregano. The ingredients I used in this salad melded together really well, the salad turned out great and met my high standards for everything I like in my salads. You could also vary this salad by adding cherry tomatoes, sliced olives, and sweet peppers without changing the overall flavors too much, and use sliced toasted almonds or walnuts in place of the pine nuts if you prefer.

 

Why Healthy

  • Kale packs a ton nutrition including vitamin K, lutein, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and it is even rich in calcium. Kale has a similar nutritional value like broccoli and contains sulforaphane, which is a chemical containing anti-cancer properties.
  • Olive oil based dressings are a healthier option than creamy ones.
  • A fat free source of protein, all chickpeas pack a high dose of folate, B vitamins, and iron, and are thought to lower blood pressure and cholesterol making them particularly heart healthy.

 

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Baby Kale Salad With Artichokes, Chickpeas, & Prosciutto Crisps

Yield: Serves 2

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

4 Cups Baby Kale Salad Mix
4 Green Onions, Trimmed & Chopped
1 Cup Chopped Cucumbers
1 Cup Drained & Chopped Canned Artichoke Hearts
1 Cup Canned Chickpeas, Drained
4 Large Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Thinly Sliced
1/4 Cup Lightly Toasted Pine Nuts
2 Thin Slices Prosciutto, Cut Into Slivers
Dressing:
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons White Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
Salt & Pepper

Directions:

Lightly spray a frying pan with olive oil, and cook the prosciutto over medium heat, stirring often until crisp, then set aside.
In a large bowl, mix the salad greens, onions, cucumbers, artichokes, chickpeas, and sun-dried tomatoes.
In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
Pour half the dressing over the salad greens, toss, and taste.
Add additional dressing if needed.
Divide the salad between two plates, then sprinkle with the pine nuts and prosciutto crisps.
Serve immediately.

 

40 Responses to “Quinoa Revolution Review & Giveaway”

  1. G. Tessner — January 8, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    The quinoa salad with cauliflower, chickpeas and mushrooms was a big hit!

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  2. Peggy — January 8, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    Yum!! We have added quinoa this year too and would love the cookbook!

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  3. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    I discovered quinoa a couple of years ago. I am hooked…very versatile.

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  4. monica cesarato — January 8, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    I actually ate it few times but never got round to cook it, so this book would be a great help! Ciao from Venice!

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  5. Sue — January 8, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    I’m following you on pinterest.

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  6. Sue — January 8, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    My family is trying to eat less meat this year, this cookbook looks like a big help.

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  7. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    I’m TRYING to use more quinoa so a book like this would be VERY helpful!

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  8. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    I’ve re-tweeted this!

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  9. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    I’m followong you on Pinterest now!

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  10. Barbara — January 8, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    and now we’re FB friends too!

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  11. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    If quinoa is so great, I really need to find a recipe that works for me. I’ve tried it once an didn’t really like it.

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  12. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    I’ve completed step 2.

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  13. lori — January 8, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    I’ve completed step 3.

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  14. Peggy — January 8, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    Following you on facebook and pintrest~

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  15. Sarah L — January 8, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    I love quinoa, but I always make the same few recipes with it. I’d love this cookbook so that I can expand my use of quinoa.

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  16. Sarah L — January 8, 2013 @ 6:43 pm
  17. linda — January 8, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    The perfect grain high in protein and tastes great. I’d love the cookbook so I can continue on my healthy eating journey and help my friends do the same, while enjoying every bite.
    Linda

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  18. Helen Crosso — January 8, 2013 @ 11:46 pm

    I Love Quinoa, I would love to win this cookbook to find great recipes to help me use it more & keep us healthy!!!

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  19. Helen Crosso — January 8, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

    Tweeted: Helen Crosson ‏@CrossonHelen

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  20. Helen Crosso — January 8, 2013 @ 11:58 pm
  21. Helen Crosso — January 8, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

    “Liked” Recipe Rebuild’s Facebook Page

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  22. Michael — January 9, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    We’ve been eating Quinoa for years. Love it! Some new recipes for preparing it would be wonderful. Thank you.

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  23. Michael — January 9, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    “Liked” Recipe Rebuild’s Facebook Page

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  24. Carolyn — January 9, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    We eat quinoa here in our house but it’s always hard to come up with new and interesting recipes my kids will eat too. Would love the cookbook! I already am part of your Facebook page but i don’t follow Twitter. I’ll try “Pinterest” next.

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  25. Cory Moorhead — January 9, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    Our son made a dish using quinoa while he was visiting over Christmas and left us with a big bagful. A cookbook full of quinoa reccipes would be wonderful, plus a dictionary on how to pronounce the word. lol

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  26. Julie in Redmond — January 9, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    I would love to learn how to incorporate quinoa into my family’s diet. I’ve been cooking with more “ancient” grains like farro and kamut, but I haven’t tackled quinoa yet.

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  27. Rosetta from Elmwood Park — January 9, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    It’s all about the health benefits of eating more complex carbs and staying away from white processed flour! Would love this cookbook!!!

    Thanks for this contest…

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  28. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I’ve loved quinoa since before it was trendy! This cookbook would give new life to this ancient grain!!

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  29. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I’m already following you on Pinterest! :)

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  30. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    I’ve “liked” you on Facebook!

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  31. Joan — January 9, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    I’ve tweeted about you and the contest!

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  32. Imacolata — January 9, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    Have used quinoa a couple of times and would like the book for recipes to use it more. (Have completed step 3)

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  33. Julie in Redmond — January 10, 2013 @ 5:07 am

    I’ve liked” Recipe Rebuild on Facebook.

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  34. Sandy — January 10, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    I have just recently discovered quinoa and due to health issues, I’m looking for new and interesting recipes with quinoa. Thank- you!

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  35. Danielle K — January 12, 2013 @ 3:15 am

    I’d love this cookbook because I love quinoa but want to try new ways to cook it…I always use the same few recipes with it.

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  36. Kelly B — January 12, 2013 @ 4:50 am

    I recently made quinoa for the first time after having a taste my neighbor made for a party. It had a greek salad flavor, complete with feta, chopped cucumbers and tomato and rainbow quinoa. The clincher was her homemade basil and sundried tomato honey! What a flavor explosion and it made me a quinoa fan.

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  37. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    Hi.. I did #2

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  38. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    me again.. i did #3

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  39. Annie — January 12, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    And I would like to win this book because I a quinoa freak and I always need a recipe to follow..otherwise I’m lost..thanks

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  40. AdriBarr — January 13, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    Because I love Quinoa! I’ve cooked with it for years – old hippies never die you know. We just discover cool heirloom, ancient or foreign grains and rices.

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