Kale, kale, and more kale.  I just simply cannot kale enough!


This recipe was inspired by a fellow food blogger and amazing photographer, Cookie + Kate.   I so admire the food photography skills of others…


Kale and Coconut Quinoa with Cilantro Purée
2 c. rainbow quinoa
1 14oz. can lite coconut milk
2 c. water
4 c. baby kale
1 c. red curly kale, roughly chopped
1/2 medium red onion, diced
1/2 c. coconut flakes, medium flaked/roughly chopped

1 c. cashews
2 large bunches of cilantro, chopped
5 cloves garlic
2 limes (juice only)
1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground smoked pepper

Bring coconut milk and water to a boil in a medium pot over medium to high heat.  Add quinoa and bring to a rolling boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer and cover.  Simmer until all liquid is absorbed.  Remove from heat and fluff – allow to cool.  Transfer to a large bowl.  Stir in red onion and baby kale, and red curly kale.
In a separate pan, lightly toast coconut flakes, making sure not to burn.  Set aside.

In a high speed blender, combine all cilantro green ingredients, except extra virgin olive oil.  Puree on high until all elements are combined and smooth.  As the motor runs, add oil in a continuous stream.

Pour cilantro green over quinoa and kale salad.  Stir to thoroughly combine.
Top with toasted coconut.


One thought on “Kale and Coconut Quinoa with Cilantro Purée

  1. This looks fantastic. I’m salivating over the ingredients list! Thanks for turning us on to Cookie&Kate’s blog site too, for future recipe reference. I will be trying this at some, hopefully soon, point. I love that it includes BOTH kale AND quinoa 🙂

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