Cabbage Quinoa Winter Salad – A tasty and filling salad for those cold winter months #CleanEating #RealFood
Don’t you just love the feeling you get after eating a big nutrient filled salad? It’s the best feeling ever! One problem we run into though is finding fresh ingredients in January. Where we live the lettuce starts to look brown, the tomatoes are more pink than red and finding any kind of salad ingredient is very difficult. We don’t like to go without a salad so we created our own winter friendly salads (like Winter Pomegranate Salad)! The good news is it tastes great all year round so if it’s a little warmer where you live you can still enjoy this delicious salad.
There are a lot of health promoting benefits in it too! Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable. Cruciferous vegetables are becoming well known for their cancer fighting properties. An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Quinoa is full of vitamins and minerals and is a great source of fiber and protein. Wheat is in fact extremely good for you! There is a lot of controversy about wheat right now. We however, have never felt better than when we eat whole grains including wheat. According to The Worlds Healthiest Foods and Organic Facts, wheat has benefits such as reducing risk of type 2 diabetes, protecting against breast and colon cancer, protecting against coronary heart disease and heart attack and helping with obesity control. We have found it also gives an amazing energy boost!
With all these healthy foods it’s easy to see why this salad is a favorite
The dressing for this salad might look a little familiar if you like our Sweet and Savory Pear Salad. It’s the same recipe except that we exchanged the raspberry vinegar for some golden balsamic. If you have never tried golden balsamic vinegar you are in for a real treat! It’s so tasty we named our Golden Balsamic Bruschetta after it!
A quick reminder to keep all these healthy ingredients organic! Now, on to the salad!
Cabbage Quinoa Winter Salad
1 small head of cabbage, thinly sliced
2 carrots, grated
6 scallions, sliced
1 large apple (we like Fuji), chopped
1 cup cooked wheat berries
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 can mandarin oranges
Place cabbage, carrots, scallions and apple in a large bowl. Pour in dressing and toss to mix. Serve on a bed of wheat berries and quinoa. Garnish with mandarin oranges.
½ cup olive oil
½ cup honey
⅓ cup golden balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs. brown or Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in a mason jar and shake well to combine.
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How do you stay healthy in the winter?