Sep 092013

Citrus Kale with Quinoa Salad (1) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

In spite of many people already feeling Fall, we are still enjoying summer. As a matter of fact, part of July and August were so overcast here that we thought that this year we would not have summer at all…luckily, summer is finally here at the South Bay. We have been spending a lot of time walking at the beach and enjoying the weather…with that being said, I am still in the mood for salad.

This is the first time that I made salad with kale. I usually make kale chips or add to soup….after seeing so many kale salads,  I decided to  eat it raw, and I felt in love with it, although I must admit that my husband did not care much for it. He is a little biased because he never liked kale and after baking loads and loads of kale chips he finally started to accept them…maybe after more batches of kale salad, he will acquire the taste for it…

Since kale is kind of chewy, I decided to add quinoa so the texture of the  kale could be masked by the soft and nutty flavor of quinoa. And citrus dressing was a natural way to break the bitterness of the kale…


1 bunch of kale, I used the curly ones
5 to 6 tablespoon orange champagne muscat vinegar, I used the one from Trade Joe’s
½ red quinoa (or regular quinoa)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Dry cranberry to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1 can of Mandarin oranges
Roasted sliced almond

Citrus Kale with Quinoa Salad (2) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me


Cook the quinoa according to the instruction on the package. Once cooked, let it cool and place in the refrigerator for approximately 1 to 2 hours.

In the meantime, remove the kale leaves from the ribs and torn the leaves into small pieces (1/2 inch). Wash thoroughly and spin it dry.

In a bowl, add the orange champagne muscat vinegar and using your hands, gently squeeze the kale leaves until tilted. Place in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes.

Remove the kale leaves from the refrigerator and add all the ingredients but the toasted sliced almond and Mandarin oranges.

Mix until all the ingredients are well mixed.

Place in serving bowl and sprinkle with the toasted almond and Mandarin oranges.

Citrus Kale with Quinoa Salad (3) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

Citrus Kale with Quinoa Salad (4) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

Citrus Kale with Quinoa Salad (5) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

If you enjoy this simple and quick recipe of kale salad you might want to check on Kale Chip or Quinoa Salad with Mint recipe.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that kale is super rich in vitamin K? Vitamin K is crucial for the body function but one has to be cautious since too much vitamin K can interfere with some anticoagulant medications. Moreover, kale contains oxalate which affects the absorption of calcium, therefore avoid eating calcium rich food with kale.

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Jul 082013

Quinoa with Mint (1) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

I hope all of my friends from US had a great holiday weekend…we had a wonderful time with family and friend with lots of BBQ and to finalize the party we saw the fireworks from the rooftop…it was a beautiful day…

I got this idea after having quinoa salad at the Stonefire Grill. Although the one that is offered at the restaurant comes only with lemon, mint and green onion, I decided to dress a little more when making my version of the quinoa salad.

This simple recipe for quinoa salad is refreshing and so good…super simple to put together…just prepare the quinoa as described on the package and have cucumber, tomatoes and lots of fresh mint. It is great as a side dish for any kind of meat, poultry, or even as a whole meal.

Quinoa with Mint (2) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me


1 ½ cup cooked quinoa, cooled
2 tomatoes seed removed and chopped
1 small cucumber, seed removed and cut into small pieces
Fresh mint to taste
Fresh lemon juice to taste
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste


Mix all the ingredients in a medium bowl and refrigerate for ½ to 1 hour before serving.

Quinoa with Mint (3) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

Quinoa with Mint (4) ~ Simple Recipes Dot Me

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe for quinoa salad…if you are looking for more recipe with quinoa, you might want to check on Red Quinoa with Chicken or Bell Pepper Stuffed with Quinoa.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) has officially declared the year of 2013 as “The International Year of the Quinoa” ? Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain and its amino acid balance is close to the idea, similar to milk.

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Apr 042011

Asian Style Cucumber Salas

First of all…ALOHA! Today I want to share a very easy, simple and refreshing salad. You just need a few ingredients and you have a very light, tasty cucumber salad.


2 English cucumbers or 3~4 Persian cucumbers
1 teaspoon salt

½ tablespoon sugar
½ tablespoon sesame oil
½ tablespoon thinly cut fresh ginger
1~2 tablespoons apple vinegar
Hot pepper flakes to taste


Wash and cut the cucumber (1/2 in), sprinkle with salt and let it sit for 5 minutes. Drain the water from the cucumber. In a small bowl mix the sugar, apple vinegar, ginger and hot pepper flakes. Pour on the drained cucumber, mix gently and serve.

And here are some pictures of our Spring Break…

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know cucumbers are flowers since they have enclosed seeds and were developed from flower?

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Aug 102009

When I heard for the first time the term “fast food”, immediately came to my mind that is a dish that you can prepare really fast. Only later I learned the real meaning of “fast food”. Here is one of my version of fast food. It is really fast if you have handy the ingredients, I promise you that it will not take more than 15 minutes. You can substitute “Old Bay” spice with celery salt, pepper and paprika.


2 filets of salmon
Old Bay spice
1 tablespoon olive oil

½ bag of mix greens
1 carrot shredded
3~4 leaves of romaine lettuce
½ cup of strawberries
2 tablespoon pine nuts
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar




Turn the convection oven to 375F, if you have a timer, set it to 15 min. In the meantime, in a oven safe dish add the olive oil and place the salmon, turn it so the whole filet is cover with the oil. Sprinkle with the Old Bay spice and place in the oven for 12 minutes.

Once the salmon are in the oven, prepare the salad.

Rinse the romaine lettuce and strawberries and cut in small pieces. In a salad bowl, place all the greens, and top it of with the carrot, strawberries and pine nuts.

When the oven goes off, add the extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to the salad and mix gently. Serve with the baked salmon.


Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that balsamic vinegar is not a vinegar? But a product make from a reduction of cooked grape juice.
Aged balsamic vinegar is rich, thick and has a deep brown color. The flavor is a balance between sweet and sour elements of the cooked grape juice, with a hint of wood barrel that was aged in.

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Apr 062009

This salad is almost like a potato salad, with some modification. It is great for a picnic or even for a side dish for a backyard BBQ. Makes a hearty meal, with lots of protein in it.


1 chicken breast
4 hard boil eggs cut in small pieces
4 medium potatoes cooked
2 carrots
2 stalks celery finely chopped
20 black olives chopped
2 tablespoons relish
2/3 cup mayonnaise
4 tablespoon finely chopped parsley


Shred the chicken breast, after being cooked in water, salt, pepper and bay leaf.
Dice the carrot and boil for approximately 3 minutes, strain the water.
In a big bowl add all the ingredients above, mix gently and serve cold.
Make sure that all the ingredients are at room temperature before you mix them together.
If you like a little more “sweetness” on it, add some raisin on top of the salad, the combination of the flavor is just great. Make sure that you add just before serving, otherwise the dark color of the raisin will diffuse, darken the color of the salad.



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