Chickpea Quinoa Salad with Kale recipe
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This Chickpea Quinoa Salad with Kale recipe would be a wonderful addition to your Labor Day barbecue. 

Chickpea Quinoa Salad with Kale

1 cup quinoa
2 cups chopped kale
1 avocado, divided
Juice from 2 lemons and 1 lime
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cucumber, cut in 1/4 inch cubes
2 cups grape tomatoes cut in half
1 cup fresh corn
2 cups cooked chickpeas
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1 avocado, cubed
Sea salt

Bring 2 cups water to boil. Add quinoa, reduce heat to low and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Let cool before adding to salad. To speed up the cooling process, spread out on a small baking pan and place in freezer for 5 minutes.

Place chopped kale in a large salad bowl. Massage kale with 1/4 of the avocado and lemon juice until tender. Add remaining ingredients and toss. Salt to taste.

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April Ashcroft is a nutrition coach and cooking consultant. She has a passion for teaching others how to gain optimal health through plant based nutrition. She began teaching cooking classes in 2004 through the Dixie State College Community Education program. In 2005 she co-founded the Vegetarian Society of Utah and continues to serve on the board of directors. In 2007 she created Health 4 Life Cooking classes and teaches private classes monthly. She is also available to teach for your church, business, or civic group. In 2010 she earned a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University’s Nutrition Fundamentals on-line certification program. Since 2006 she has been a member of Dr.Furhman.com where she keeps up with the most cutting edge un-bias nutritional research and loves to share it with you! In January 2012 she joined the team of providers at The Bridge Health Recovery Center where she teaches the benefits of high nutrient plant based nutrition to help those suffering from chronic illnesses and seeking health through holistic methods. April has published two cookbooks, Whole Food Goodness and Whole Food American Favorites. Recipes in these two books are 100% vegan and are high in nutrients using only the most wholesome ingredients that you can find at most any grocery store. She lives in beautiful southwest Utah with my husband Brian and cats Benson and Baxter. She has three daughters and seven grand-kids and loves hiking, biking, swimming, water and snow skiing, and anything that involves being in the great outdoors!