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Kale and Radicchio Quinoa Salad

This healthy Kale and Radicchio Quinoa Salad is a Winter favorite at our house. With fresh kale and radicchio, quick spring onion pickles and feta cheese I’m sure it will be in yours too.

This healthy Kale and Radicchio Quinoa Salad is a Winter favorite at our house. With fresh kale and radicchio, quick spring onion pickles and feta cheese I'm sure it will be in yours too.

Today’s recipe is inspired by all the delicious Winter leafy produce that is still available although the long-awaited Spring has arrived. This salad is loaded with some of my favorites like kale and radicchio.

A lot of you have been asking me to share more quick lunch recipes. So here’s another one. And the great thing about it? It’s meant to be cold so it’s super easy to take with you to work! Yay 😀

This healthy Kale and Radicchio Quinoa Salad is a Winter favorite at our house. With fresh kale and radicchio, quick spring onion pickles and feta cheese I'm sure it will be in yours too.
This healthy Kale and Radicchio Quinoa Salad is a Winter favorite at our house. With fresh kale and radicchio, quick spring onion pickles and feta cheese I'm sure it will be in yours too.
This healthy Kale and Radicchio Quinoa Salad is a Winter favorite at our house. With fresh kale and radicchio, quick spring onion pickles and feta cheese I'm sure it will be in yours too.

Alight, so here’s the deal. I usually make quinoa warm and throw in some roasted veggies when I need to take lunch with me. So it occurred to me I should make it a dish that’s meant to be eaten cold in the first place. Like a salad. And whoa, was I right! You should see my husband’s reaction to this kale and radicchio quinoa salad. He was super excited. Who wouldn’t be, just look at these colors!

The best part of this salad is the quick spring onion pickle. It literally takes a few minutes and you can make a bigger batch so you can use it on other dishes as well. In this recipe, I use the pickling liquid as a vinaigrette. Since I cook chunks of beetroot with the spring onion the dressing has a beautiful vibrant pink color. And this salad is all about color.

This healthy Kale and Radicchio Quinoa Salad is a Winter favorite at our house. With fresh kale and radicchio, quick spring onion pickles and feta cheese I'm sure it will be in yours too.
This healthy Kale and Radicchio Quinoa Salad is a Winter favorite at our house. With fresh kale and radicchio, quick spring onion pickles and feta cheese I'm sure it will be in yours too.
This healthy Kale and Radicchio Quinoa Salad is a Winter favorite at our house. With fresh kale and radicchio, quick spring onion pickles and feta cheese I'm sure it will be in yours too.

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Kale and Radicchio Quino Salad

Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

  • 3 cups quinoa cooked
  • 5 big kale leaves chopped finely
  • 1/2 radicchio (I used Chioggia variety, but others can be used as well), chopped finely
  • 50 g feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 TBSP sunflower seeds
  • parsley for topping

Quick Pickled Spring Onions

  • 2 spring onions white parts, sliced into 5mm strips
  • 1/4 small beetroot chopped into 4 chuncks
  • 4 TBSP apple cider
  • 2 TBSP water
  • 4 TBSP caster sugar
  • salt to taste

Instructions

Quick Pickled Spring Onions

  1. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Let cook for about 5 minutes. Remove beet chunks and cool before using as a dressing.

Kale and Radicchio Quino Salad

  1. Mix cooked quinoa, chopped kale, chopped radicchio, feta and pickled spring onions with the pickling liquid. Mix well.

  2. Sprinkle sunflower seeds and chopped parsley on top.

This healthy Kale and Radicchio Quinoa Salad is a Winter favorite at our house. With fresh kale and radicchio, quick spring onion pickles and feta cheese I'm sure it will be in yours too.

Popped Beans and Steamed Broccoli Salad

Whoever says comfort food can’t be healthy, has obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Hungry anyone?

Whoever says comfort food can't be healthy, had obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Hungry anyone?

Hey, hey! We’re having broccoli today. 

Hmmm, the rhyme was unitntentional, I guess I’m feeling poetic 😛

I have a habit of steaming broccoli instead of roasting them. I dunno, I think it’s because of the vivid green color it keeps. Plus, it’s quicker 🙂 I was thinking what would go well in a steamed broccoli salad and then I remembered a Jamie Oliver show from a while ago. Can’t even remember the recipe, but I know he roasted the beans on a pan until they started popping. I tried those before and they were great. So, it sounded like an awesome idea to add them to the broccoli. Turnes out it was the right decision and with some added chopped parsey, pomegranate seeds and spicy nuts this makes a perfect winter salad.

The best thing about this salad is, it can be both a warm or a cold salad. For a warm salad, you dress it while everything is hot, for a cold salad, you rinse the broccoli with cold water after steaming and then decide if you want the beans and nuts to be warm or not. It’s up to you!

Whoever says comfort food can't be healthy, had obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Hungry anyone?Whoever says comfort food can't be healthy, had obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Hungry anyone?Whoever says comfort food can't be healthy, had obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Hungry anyone?

I’m seriously obsessed with mustard dressing. Although I’m normally not a fan of mustard as a condiment, it’s so amazing if you use it as seasoning.

This dressing is probably the one I use most on daily basis, because it’s super simple and mustard gives it an extra depth and richness. It works really well with bitter winter salads like radicchio.

Whoever says comfort food can't be healthy, had obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Hungry anyone?

So, some updates on what’s been going on in my life lately. We’re starting to prep more seriously for the baby. Yep, barely starting. I mean we have bought some things, made some and we’re getting lots of second hand stuff from friends, but we still have sooo many chores until I can really say, now we’re ready. We still have 10 weeks, but you never now, when the baby might surprise us. Oh, I have to tell you about the cutest little pants I’ve sewn. They are the cutest, but I’m affraid the fabric is not strechy enough and they’ll probably be to small to fit even a newborn. Luckily, I’m stacked with fabric and I’m making new ones 🙂

Ok, enough baby talk!

Besides all the baby preparations, we’re also starting to prep for the new dance show that we moved from Spring to Autumn, because of… well, baby. Yesterday, I started making my part of the coreography. You can imagine a big belly and a fast dance + some floorwork. It was fun, but also very chalenging!

Whoever says comfort food can't be healthy, had obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Hungry anyone?

Whoever says comfort food can't be healthy, had obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Hungry anyone?

Great, your all updated now, so let’s start cookin’!

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Popped Beans and Steamed Broccoli Salad
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Steamed Broccoli Salad
  1. 1 big broccoli
  2. 1 cup cooked red beans (if you're using canned, rinse well before cooking)
  3. 3 TBSP mixed seeds (sunflower seeds, sesame, black sesame...)
  4. 1 tsp crushed chilli flakes
  5. 1 tsp ground garlic
  6. 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  7. a bunch of parsley, chopped
Lemony Mustard Dressing
  1. 5 TBSP olive oil
  2. 3 TBSP lemon juice
  3. 1 TBSP mustard
  4. pinch of salt
  5. pinch of pepper
Instructions
  1. Steamed Broccoli Salad: Cut the florets away from stems and cut them into bite size chunks. Cut the thinner stems into 1 cm chunks. Peel the thick main stem and cut it into 1 cm cubes.
  2. Boil a little water (about a finger's width) in a steaming pan and add the steming basket. Place the stem parts of broccoli into the steaming basket and the florets on top. If there are any leaves from broccoli place them right at the top. Cover with a lid, reduce heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes or until you can easily pierce the broccoli with a fork, but it's still vibrant green. Be careful, because broccoli can go from vibrant to brownish color quickly.
  3. If you prefer your broccoli to be cold, rinse immediately under cold water to stop it from further cooking. If you're serving it warm, just remove from steamer and let it drain.
  4. In a bowl mix together garlic and chilly flakes.
  5. Heat a big skillet over medium-high heat and add beand and half of the garlic and chlli mixture. Cook them for about 4-5 minutes, tossing every now and then. Once you see most of the beans open, add the nuts and toss every now and then for a minute. Remove from heat and add the remaining garlic and chilli mixture.
  6. Lemony Mustard Dressing: Beat all ingredients together with a fork.
  7. Steamed Broccoli Salad: In a salad bowl, mix together broccoli, parsley, 2/3 of beans and seed mixture, 2/3 of pomegranate seeds and dressing. Top wih the remaining 1/3 of beeans and seeds and the rest of pomegranate seeds.
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 Whoever says comfort food can't be healthy, had obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Hungry anyone?

Whoever says comfort food can't be healthy, has obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Such a perfect winter salad. Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

Pesto Pasta Salad with Crispy Bacon

There is no summer without a pesto pasta salad topped with a dash of crispy bacon!

There is no summer without a pesto pasta salad topped with a dash of crispy bacon!

Omg, I can’t believe I haven’t made a pasta recipe yet!!!

Banging my head against a wall right now…

I’m like the hugest fan of pasta in any shape or form. Ok, I’d probably choose any pasta over fettuccine, not fan of those – except homemade!

There is no summer without a pesto pasta salad topped with a dash of crispy bacon!

Today we’re making a freaking pesto pasta salad with crispy bacon, folks! And we’re making homemade pesto. How exciting is that!

I never, never, never buy pesto. It’s the easiest thing you can make, why buy it. I even have a trick for winter, when there’s no fresh basil. Every year I try to keep some basil in a pot in the kitchen over winter, but it ALWAYS dyes. 🙁 Boo hoo!

SIMPLE LONG-KEEP PESTO

So here’s the quick tip. Make a simple oil and salt only pesto at the peak of the season. Combine basil leaves with some salt and oil in a food processor and chop it up. It keeps in the fridge for over a year, but you’ll really need to be generous on salt otherwise it can spoil quickly.

That’s also my prefered metod of preserving basil. The taste is much more genuine than the dried one.

There is no summer without a pesto pasta salad topped with a dash of crispy bacon!

So, I want my salads to be fresh with loads of veggies, but there always have to be a goodie. Without an exeption! You know, the piece of feta cheese that’s basically the only reason you’re even eating a Greek salad. Or the pickle you’re dying to fish out of a Russian salad. Or apples in my delicious Millet and Carrot Salad with Creamy Almond Dressing. You see, every salad needs a goodie.

And here it’s CRISPY BACON!

I’m pretty sure my husband loves me more on days when I serve him bacon 🙂

There is no summer without a pesto pasta salad topped with a dash of crispy bacon!

It’s a perfect salad to serve at a picnic. It’s got pasta, tomatoes, bell peppers, mozzarella, pesto and bacon.

Refreshing but filling…

Who wouldn’t love that?!

There is no summer without a pesto pasta salad topped with a dash of crispy bacon!

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Not only is this pasta salad super simple and obviously SOOO delicious, but it’s also vibrant and beautiful!

How awesome is that, right?

Pesto Pasta Salad with Crispy Bacon
Serves 6
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
PESTO (~3/4 cup)
  1. big handful basil
  2. 3 TBSP almonds
  3. 60g parmesan
  4. 2 cloves garlic
  5. olive oil
  6. pepper
  7. salt
PASTA SALAD
  1. 500 g wholegrain pasta
  2. basil pesto
  3. 500 g cherry tomatoes, halved
  4. 2 yellow or red bell peppers, chopped
  5. 150 g small mozzarella balls, halved
  6. 100 g bacon
  7. juice of 1/2 lemon
  8. olive oil
  9. salt
  10. pepper
  11. basil leaves for garnish
Instructions
  1. Pesto: Combine basil, almonds, parmesan and garlic in a food processor and pulse until coarsley chopped. Add olive oil one tablespoon at a time and mix until smooth. You'll probably need around 8 tablespoons. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Pasta salad: Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil and add pasta. Cook until al dente and rinse under cold water.
  3. Place bacon stripes into a large skillet and cook over low heat. When the meat starts to get dark red turn the stripes around with tongs. If there's too much grease in the skilled, spoon it out. The bacon is done when it's dark red on both sides. Move the stripes onto a plate covered with paper towel and wait a couple of minutes until it crisps up. Then use your hands to break it apart into small pieces.
  4. Put the pasta in a bowl and add the pesto. Mix it well.
  5. Add tomatoes, peppers, mozarella, half of the bacon and lemon juice and mix well.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and add a drizzle of olive oil if necessary.
  7. Top with remaining bacon and basil leaves.
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There is no summer without a pesto pasta salad topped with a dash of crispy bacon!

There is no summer without a pesto pasta salad topped with a dash of crispy bacon. Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

Millet and Carrot Salad with Creamy Almond Dressing

Millet, carrots, beets, apples and some greens. What else would you need in a salad? Oh yeah, a creamy almond dressing with some fresh chillies. Enjoy my millet and carrot salad!

Use Your Noodles - Millet and Carrot Salad with Creamy Almond Dressing

Happy New Year! I took a short break from my blog during the holidays, but now I’m back.

We abandoned our pretty decorated home to spend some crazy holidays with our friends in a mountain cottage near Velika planina. For my non-Slovenian readers: If you ever come to Slovenia it is absolutely necessary to go see Velika planina. In the late spring I like to rent a cottage up there together with my friends and spend a few days off in the stunning nature. This year we were lucky to be there when the shepherds were bringing cows up to the mountain. It’s a very ineresting day. You can see cows walking on their own from the valley and shepherds bring cows up on their trailers. It’s a very lively sight! Plus I love this place for picking wild herbs.

Millet and Carrot Salad with Creamy Almond Dressing

Me and my husband absolutely love millet. And by love I mean can’t go without it. So I created this beautiful millet and carrot salad with a nice and creamy spicy almond dressing. For an additional kick and sweetnes I added beetroot and apples and fresh baby salad leaves for some freshness. It’s a quite filling salad, perfect in this winter weather.

Note that the beetroot in this recipe is raw. I know many people don’t like raw beetroot, but if you slice it very thinly it doesn’t have such a powerful earthy taste. I happen to love the earthy taste, but if you are sure you can stand it, you can roast the beetroot before adding it to the salad. Just wrap it in foil and bake for an hour at 200 °C (400 °F). See more instructions on The Kitchn.


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Millet and Carrot Salad with Creamy Cashew Dressing
Serves 4
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Total Time
25 min
Total Time
25 min
Millet and Carrot Salad
  1. 1 cup millet
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 1/4 tsp salt
  4. 1 big carrot
  5. 1 medium size beetroot
  6. 2 medium size green apples (Choose a juicy and sour type. I'm using Granny Smith.)
  7. 4 handfuls baby leaf salad (like lettuce, chard, rocket or any other)
CREAMY ALMOND DRESSING
  1. 1 cup almonds soaked overnight
  2. 1/2 cup lemon juice
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. 1 tsp chopped chilli pepper (I'm using a bigger medium-hot chilli pepper)
  5. 1 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 1/2 tsp black pepper
Instructions for the salad
  1. Boil 2 cups of water and pour it to a small pot. Add millet and salt and stir. Set your stove to low heat and cover the pot. Leave to cook for about 15 minutes, checking every now and then, but not stirring. If the millet is still not tender add a little more boiling water and cook a few more minutes. When it is soft remove from the heat, transfer it to the serving plate or bowl and leave to cool a little.
  2. Meanwhile prepare the dressing (Instructions below) and cut the carrot and beetroot into very thin slices. Cut apples into 1 cm cubes.
  3. When the millet has cooled a little, mix in carrot, beetroot and apples. Top with fresh baby salad and dressing.
Instructions for the dressing
  1. Rinse the almonds.
  2. Put lemon juice, water, chilli pepper, salt and black pepper into a blender and mix until the dressing is smooth and creamy.
Notes
  1. You can do the same dressing with any other nuts. I like almonds and cashews, because they are sweet and go really well with millet.
  2. If the millet is hot when you add the baby salad leaves, they will wilt, so make sure it is warm or even cool.
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Use Your Noodles - Millet and Carrot Salad with Creamy Almond Dressing

Turkish Chicken Feast

Turkish Chicken Feast is a light and fresh dinner. Sumac covered soft chicken wings with a vibrant green salad with pomegranate and feta cheese and a yoghurt dip topped with pomegranate syrup. And done in less than 30 minutes!

Turkish Chicken with Salad and Yoghurt Dip

In my student years I lived in Turkey for four months. I made lots of close friends there and most of all I ate good. And a lot! Together with my friend Sanja I was writing a blog about our adventures there. You can find my blog here. It is in Slovenian, so sorry to all of you who can’t understand (Quick tip: Google can help you).

Tukish food is all about veggies and meat. My roomate was vegetarian and she had difficulties eating out. There is meat almost everywhere, not in huge amounts, but it is there. I am missing Turkish food so much, that I dedicated my Sunday lunch to Turkey. I’ve actually failed, because I haven’t made any excessively sweet dessert. I’m gonna leave that for another occasion.

This recipe is not a traditional Turkish meal, it was only inspired by some of the best Turkish ingredients.

Use Your Noodles - Turkish Chicken FeastTurkish Chicken with Salad and Yoghurt Dip

This is my Turkish chicken feast. Sumac covered chicken with a feta, pomegranate and baby leaf salad. Two most common types of meat you can find there are lamb and chicken. I’m using the delicious chicken wings. Turkish people like to eat yoghurt on the side of meat, so I’m going to do the same. But I’ll serve it a bit differently.

Sumac is a spice that comes from the berries of a bush that grows mostly in Mediteranean countries and is a typical spice in the Middle Easter cuisine. It is a bit sour, but very aromatic and fruity and can be used in many ways. In this recipe I’m gonna use it to marinate my chicken.

Other unusual ingredient is pomegranate syrup. It has two versions. A more purified syrup called Nar Ekşisi and a cheaper syrup called Nar Ekşili. I’m using Nar Ekşisi and love it! I highly recomend buying one or making one at home. Use it in a salad dressing, in meatballs, in yoghurt. So many choices. Let’s start cookin’!


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Turkish Chicken Feast
Serves 4
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
CHICKEN
  1. 20 top parts of chicken wings (~1 kg)
  2. 2 tsp sumac
  3. 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  4. 1 tsp black pepper
  5. 1 TBSP salt
  6. 4 cloves garlic
  7. 1/2 cup olive oil
DIP
  1. 200g Greek style yoghurt
  2. 1 TBSP pomegranate syrup
SALAD
  1. 4 handfuls mixed baby leaf salad (like lettuce, chard, rocket or any other)
  2. 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  3. 120g feta cheese
  4. 2 TBSP sunflower seeds
  5. zest of 1 lemon
DRESSING
  1. juice of 1/2 lemon
  2. 1/3 cup olive oil
  3. 1/4 tsp black pepper
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 2 TBSP dried or chopped fresh mint
Instructions
  1. Combine sumac, cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, garlic and olive oil in a big bowl and add chicken wings. Rub the spices in and make sure you get it all around. If you have time, let it marinate in the fridge for half an hour, if not that's fine. Heat a large pan and add the chicken wings. You don't need to add any oil, there's oil on the chicken already.
  2. Turn the chicken every minute for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile combine lemon juce, olive oil, black pepper, salt and mint in a salad bowl.
  4. Don't forget to turn the chicken every minute.
  5. When chicken is done, move it to a serving plate and finnish your salad. Add the salad leaves to the dressing and mix well. Serve it on a plate and top with pomegranate seeds, feta cheese, sunflower seeds and grate lemon zest over.
  6. In another small bowl serve yoghurt and top it with pomegranate syrup. Mix just a little bit, to get the marbeling effect. Use it as a dip for the chicken.
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Turkish Chicken with Salad and Yoghurt Dip