Chopped Kale & Quinoa Salad (v/gf)

How is it APRIL already?! These last few months have flown by. As I mentioned in my last post (waaaaaaay back in January), we had a big move in the works (Michigan to North Carolina). In early March, we made that move and have been settling into life here in Asheville. It has been just over a month and we absolutely love it here. The weather has been awesome. We love our new (actually quite old) home (sneak peeks here), the neighborhood, the location. And we even have cool neighbors. The endless restaurant options (which have vegan options more often than not) are awesome. And the grocery stores! OMG. I’ve never seen so many grocery stores in one town. Everything from Whole Foods to Aldi. So much organic produce. Vegan products in regular grocery stores. Seriously. I’m in heaven. I even got my hair done at an organic salon a mile from our house. I realize all of this may seem like no big deal to many of you who are used to having these conveniences. Trust me, it’s a big deal for me.

Chopped Kale & Quinoa Salad #vegan #glutenfree #recipe

Some things will take getting used to. Like the stink bugs. Apparently it’s a bad year for them. They’re pretty harmless unless you squish them (then they stink), but they’re just ugly and gross. And the giant carpenter bees—they’re huge (probably because they just ate our deck for lunch). No joke, they eat wood. Huh? What? Really. Still, I’ll take them over Michigan mosquitos any day. I don’t believe I’ve seen a single mosquito down here yet, but maybe it’s just too early to tell. And then there are just funny things like the southern term for shopping cart—”buggy”. I laugh to myself every time I hear it. Where I’m from, a buggy is an Amish mode of transportation, as in horse and buggy.

Chopped Kale & Quinoa Salad #vegan #glutenfree #recipe 06So, about today’s recipe. When we were in California last fall, we had lunch at a place in Sausalito called The Trident. I had their Kale & Quinoa Salad minus the cheese and it was amazing. I was craving it when we got back, so I attempted my own version. Since then I’ve made it several times and it has evolved into one of my favorites. I’ve made it for others as well, and the reviews are always great. So, grab some kale, let’s get started….

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