Warm Quinoa Seasonal Salad Recipe From Carolina Santos-Neves

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Recipe adapted from Carolina Santos-Neves, Cómodo, New York City

Warm Quinoa Seasonal Salad
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A warm salad from New York City's Cómodo combines two of-the-moment ingredients: quinoa and kale.
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Total time: 12 minutes
  • ¼ cup red or white quinoa
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups stemmed and roughly torn green kale (such as curly or dinosaur kale)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons dried blueberries
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • ½ cup sliced cremini mushrooms
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled Greek feta
  1. In a fine mesh sieve, add the quinoa and rinse under running water for 2 minutes. Add the rinsed quinoa to a medium saucepan and pour in the water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat, cover the pan and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside, covered, for 5 minutes. Use a fork to fluff the quinoa and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan set over high heat, add ½ cup balsamic vinegar and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until thick and reduced by half, 2 to 4 minutes. Once the vinegar looks slightly runnier than honey, remove it from the heat (it will continue to thicken as it cools; stir in a drop of water if it is too thick to drizzle).
  3. In a large bowl, add the kale and drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Use your hands to massage the oil into the kale for 1 minute. Mix in the dried blueberries.
  4. In a large skillet set over high heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat until the oil is shimmering, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the shallot and cook, stirring frequently, until browned, about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and the remaining 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms are browned, about 5 minutes. Add the cooked quinoa and the feta and heat, stirring frequently, until the feta melts slightly, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the mushroom mixture to the kale and toss to combine. Drizzle in the reduced balsamic vinegar and the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and toss to coat. Season with the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper and serve. Calories per Serving: 376; Sodium: 784mg; Total Carbohydrate: 42g; Fiber: 4g; Fat: 20g
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