Salad

Quinoa kale salad with raisins and almonds can be dressed in advanced to allow time for the kale to soften and flavors to meld. 

TAMMY LJUNGBLAD, KANSAS CITY STAR

If you’re looking for something to help you keep your new year’s resolution to eat healthier, a kale salad is a good option.

The sturdy green contains vitamins A and C, folic acid, calcium and iron.

But there’s also another reason to sing kale’s praises: You can go ahead and dress this quinoa kale salad with raisins and almonds in advance to allow the kale to soften and the flavors to meld.

Cooking tips: You could use any type of cooked quinoa that you have. We used Bob’s Red Mill tri-color for this recipe. Cook quinoa according to package directions.

Toasting the almonds intensifies the flavor. To toast the almonds, spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted.

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