Superfood Salad: Quinoa, Kale and Asparagus


I am using the title for the catchy effect it has. I don’t believe in superfood. I believe in super advertisement for a product that elevates it into a supernatural status. When will a time come that butter will be considered as superfood?

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Superfoods are foods that are highly marketed for their nutritional value over other types of food. Our grandparents have been eating a lot of different foods that had no such labels and they were healthy. Why is it that we HAVE TO have superfoods in out diets to be healthy? Why should we have quinoa instead of freekeh and burghul? Why does it have to be kale and not chards or chicory? I am a firm believer of sourcing local produce. The products we have in the Levant are SOOOOOOO good we don’t really need all these trends to be imported. We have so many greens we get seasonally that can be as equally and more delicious. That’s why I have been visiting Souk El Tayeb, our farmer’s market, more regularly and getting some local forage greens, syrups, and some “trendy” foods.

The demand on superfoods skyrockets to the extent that those who grow it can’t even afford it anymore. I’M LOOKING AT YOU QUINOA! I'm looking at you quinoa!.gifIt fills the hipster shelves, then creeps into menus leading to mainstream popularity at which hipsters would press the ABANDON button and look for the next hipster thing to adopt. Every new discovery is a superfood, it seems. Does this mean the not-so-super-food we grew up having wasn’t doing us any good? “Superfoods” should add to the cuisine, enrich it, rather than sweep ingredients out.

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I find no harm in following trends. But the religious attachment to trendy foods only because they’re the “IT” item is ridiculous. Of course this recipe is full of “trendy” superfoods: quinoa, kale, and the local seasonal asparagus. This should get me viewers, no? Meh! It is a good recipe! Superfood or not, it is something different I cooked and enjoyed on a weekday morning at home with my little sister to use up the produce I had bought from the Saturday farmer’s market.

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So, you want superfoods? A superfood salad that will make you strong, “healthy”, and trendy? Try this “superfood-charged” salad with asparagus, kale, quinoa, and sun-dried tomatoes as a side to cooked jackfruit meat, tofu steaks, melty cheesy vegan mac & cheese, or any food that is considered cool, trendy and hipster!

Kale, Asparagus, and Quinoa Superfood Salad

Ingredients

  • 14 Spears of asparagus
  • 1/2 bunch kale
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 8-10 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 25g garlic butter
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Lemon juice
  • Pumpkin seeds

Procedure

  • In a pot, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil and toss the quinoa until it smells toasted and nutty, about 30 seconds. Cover with water, bring to a boil then simmer covered for 20 minutes
  • Snap the asparagus spears at the joints by bending them. Melt the garlic butter in a skillet or frying pan and sauté the asparagus for 3-4 minutes
  • Roughly chop the kale and toss in the pan, add more butter if needed, until they start to wilt, around 5 minutes
  • Season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes
  • Fluff the quinoa and chop the sun-dried tomatoes. Divide the greens portion in two to three plates and top with quinoa, sun-dried tomatoes, pumpkin seeds and a squirt of lemon on each plate and serve

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5 thoughts on “Superfood Salad: Quinoa, Kale and Asparagus

  1. I really enjoyed reading this post. I particularly agree with the issue of “trendy” food becoming unaffordable for locals, not to mention needing more and more land to grow these foods to keep up with the demand. And as you say, what happens when that food is suddenly no longer trendy and farmers are left with vast crops that no one wants? I have to confess that I have quinoa in my cupboard…this post reminds me to be more socially conscious in my purchasing choices.

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    • Thank you for reading and for your valuable feedback. You’re spot on. I have quinoa too, and I get buckwheat, rye and oat flakes, nuts, and seeds. But my food doesn’t rely on those. I guess this is a right choice

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