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

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

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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.

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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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