This salad came from the need for a seriously nutrient dense meal after an intense workout.  It was created from a few ingredients that I like to keep around my house and can easily be modified to suit your tastes. It’s full of protein (kale, quinoa, pasture-raised hen’s egg) and omega-3s (avocado, walnuts, flax), and even helps hydrate you (cucumber). Because it’s almost completely raw your body is able to derive the maximum amount of nutrients from the ingredients, and it’s totally delicious. I recommend you get all of your ingredients pesticide-free from the farmer’s market, but if you can’t obviously you’ll still have an insanely healthy meal on your hands. Enjoy!

6 leaves dino kale, very finely chopped

½ cup uncooked quinoa

Juice from one whole lemon

1 avocado

½ c walnuts, chopped

1 small cucumber, diced

2 dates, chopped

2 eggs, fried over easy or medium, or poached (whatever your preference)

For extra nutrients:

2 tbsp. hemp seeds

2 tbsp. flax seeds

2 tbsp. chia seeds

Serves 2 plentifully

Add the quinoa to 1 cup of water in a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover and let simmer until all of the water is absorbed. In the meantime, chop the kale as finely as possible (you can also use a pair of kitchen scissors to get it really fine). Squeeze the lemon onto the quinoa and massage the lemon juice into the leaves. Once the quinoa is cooked, add kale and all other ingredients and toss. Split between two bowls, and then top each with an egg. I like to keep it simple and toss mine with olive oil, balsamic and salt and pepper.

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