1bunchItalian kalesliced crosswise into thin ribbons
largepinchfine sea salt
1/4cupextra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1avocadopeel and seed removed, cut into bite size pieces
1/2teaspooncrushed red pepperoptional
Heat rinsed quinoa and 3 cups water in a saucepan; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes more.
Meanwhile, place kale ribbons into a large bowl. Sprinkle with a generous pinch of fine sea salt. Massage salt into kale by squeezing it in fistfuls and then rubbing it between your fingers, until it turns a darker shade of green and has a softer texture – just a minute or two.
Fluff quinoa with a fork and add to kale in serving bowl; gently stir to combine. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over the top; gently toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Top salad with remaining ingredients and serve. (see recipe note)
This salad is great warm or cold. To serve it cold, refrigerate kale and quinoa after you've tossed it with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Top with remaining ingredients when you're ready to serve.