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Super Green Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil + Pistachios

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I’m a product of upstate New York. I spent my youth and college years barefoot more hours than not. The first 25 years on this planet were spent {almost} exclusively outdoors – hiking in the Adirondacks, swimming in the Finger Lakes, sledding + boating through the St. Lawrence River Valley and camping in the Catskills.

I’ve lived a lot of places; currently in Philadelphia + recently in Colorado. But upstate New York is my home and always will be. If this Buzzfeed article means something to you than you get me. Especially #5, 17, 18, 28, 30, 31 + 37. Okay that’s a lot, but they all serve a purpose.


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I lived for each season, one more beautiful than the next. I was lucky to have so much space to run and play. I was wild and I was free and lovin’ it. I would leave my house each morning and I wouldn’t come running home for dinner until dusk. Upon my return I’d be full of mud, grit, grime and total exhaustion.

My parents had a great big thriving garden. My dad taught me how to care for it. My mom taught me how to cook from it. And my love for the two were born. I had fallen completely in love with Mother Earth from a very young age. I love it so. I do my part to treat this remarkable planet of ours with great respect and to honor its beauty and all that it provides.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day than with this deliciously beautiful Super Green Quinoa Salad. Pumped full of local organic goodness and so much love for my planet. I mean look at those Miner’s Greens, does it even get better than that…is this real life?

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Super Green Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil + Pistachios

Adapted from Sainsbury’s Magazine

This takes just 15 minutes to put together and will serve 2 very hungry people.


  • 3 large leaves of lacinato kale, ribs removed + shredded thinly
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 avocado, cubed
  • 1 packed cup spring greens or sprouts {I used miner’s lettuce}
  • 1/4 cup shelled + lightly chopped pistachios
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • generous pinch of black pepper

In a large bowl toss together the shredded kale, basil, olive oil, lemon juice and salt + pepper. Massage together for about 3-5 minutes.

Then add in the cooked quinoa, avocado, greens and pistachios; toss together gently and serve.

28 Responses to "Super Green Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil + Pistachios"

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    April 22, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    This looks so delicious! So many of my favourite things all in one bowl.
    I don’t think I’d want to share ;)
    Happy Earth Day!

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    Grace @ FoodFitnessFreshAir

    April 23, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Triple green power – my kind of salad. Love this. I’m envisioning some spring watercress in there too!

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    April 23, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Such a beautiful green salad. I’ve never even heard of Miner’s Lettuce. Thank you for sharing!

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      April 23, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      Thanks Samantha! And you’re welcome, Miner’s Lettuce is breathtaking, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by, XO SHERRIE

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    April 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    This sounds delicious. It is on the top if my new salads to make list!

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      May 1, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      Thanks Abby, enjoy it!


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    July 8, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    I made this for a dinner party last night. It was delicious! So filling. Thank you for sharing.

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      July 8, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      This is awesome Grace!! Thank YOU so much for sharing <3

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    July 14, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    This was awesome, thanks for sharing! I used walnuts because I had them and skipped the additional green topping b/c nothing jumped out at me. I made 2 cups of quinoa and figured I would do something with the leftovers but loved this so much that right after dinner I made another batch for leftovers :)

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      July 15, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      YAY – so glad you loved it Sarah!!

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    August 1, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    I’m so glad to have discovered your blog… One of the best food blogs I’ve seen in a while! Your recipes are simple, healthy and sophisticated, and your photography is great;-).

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      August 3, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      This is all-around the best compliment a blogger can get, thank you SO MUCH for your kind words + for reading.

      This made my whole weekend!!

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    August 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Hello Sherrie , you had me at qui and kale with my fav nut. I am not. sure where I would look for the tiny lettuce so I will get my fav Sprouts snow pea for topping . Trying to build up my body from a back condishtion .thanks will try beets next. Best Dana w .

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      August 10, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      Sprouts are perfect, enjoy Dana :))

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    Lynn | The Road to Honey

    January 6, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    What a gorgeous salad. Where do you find such unique greens?

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      January 6, 2015 at 9:03 AM

      Thanks Lynn – the miner’s greens came in my CSA box. They’re tricky to find, but your local farmers’ market might have them come spring. Good luck on your search, they’re fantastic!! If you can’t find them, sprouts of any kind will do the trick!

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    November 15, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I’ve made this many times, sometimes substituting different grains or greens depending on what I have on hand. It’s always great

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