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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.

25 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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