I have recently fallen in love with blood oranges. I don’t know whether its the vivid red juice, or the mild tart and sweetness. Something about them just intrigues me. So last week when I saw Esi’s [Dishing Up Delight's] Mustard Greens and Winter Citrus Salad post, I was inspired and came up with this variation. A red quinoa salad with blood oranges, pomegranate arils, kale and garbanzo beans tossed in a meyer lemon vinaigrette. It was everything I hoped it would…and more.
As an added bonus, this salad is absolutely bursting with health benefits. From the vitamins in the oranges, antioxidants in the pomegranate arils, protein in the quinoa and garbanzo beans, and vitamins and fiber in the kale, this salad is nearly a perfect meal! And as an added bonus, the salad is also bursting with flavor. The pomegranate and oranges give this salad a fresh burst of juice and flavor, and the kale and quinoa provide a more earth and hearty flavor. This salad is a great way to utilize some of the great winter produce, but still have a fresh and bright meal. This salad will not disappoint!