Meatless Monday: Pizza Salad with Fresh Herbs + Feta
A spin on a favorite weekend comfort food
Posted March 19th, 2012 by noelle |
I’ve had fun over the last week playing around with the idea of a pizza salad. In this version, I use a combination of fresh greens tossed with olive oil, crunchy sea salt and grated Pecorino Romano cheese. You’ll also find lots of fresh oregano and basil, sun-dried tomatoes and some big cubes of Feta cheese. I also added a handful of toasty quinoa and then poured everything over a crunchy brown rice tortilla crust. If you love pizza but don’t want the calories, try this pizza salad.
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Pizza Salad with Fresh Herbs + Feta
Serving Size: 4 (~400 calories)
1/2 bunch Tuscan kale*, stems removed, roughly chopped
1 cup baby spinach* leaves
1/2 cup fresh basil*, roughly chopped, loosely packed
1/4 cup parsley*, roughly chopped, loosely packed
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary*, finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme* leaves, stems removed, finely chopped
5-10 fresh sage* leaves
1 cup cherry tomatoes*, sliced in half
1 cup sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 red bell pepper, stem and seeds removed, roughly chopped
1/4 cup quinoa, dry
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano or parmesan cheese
3 ounces Feta cheese, cubed
2 1/2 tablespoons good extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
4 brown rice tortillas (I like these)
(* Buy organic, if possible. Learn more here.)
Learn more about the better-for-you ingredients in this recipe:
- Kale – Kale is full of nutrients with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits that help your body to stay vibrant and youthful. Kale is also packed with chlorophyll. Chlorophyll removes heavy metals and chemical toxins from your body.
- Parsley – Cleansing divas adore parsley for parsley for its help with sluggish digestion. Parsley has also been embraced to help relieve stomach cramps and indigestion. Learn more.
- Rosemary – Health beauties believe fresh rosemary contains elements which are terrific for stimulating sluggish digestion (which is often disrupted after long plane travel as well as during a deep whole foods cleanse). Fresh rosemary is also great for increasing circulation (which helps boost your energy) and improves concentration.
Place dry quinoa in a skillet over medium heat. Let toast for 3-5 minutes until quinoa seeds start to pop and brown slightly. Remove from pan and set aside.
In the same pan, add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and the fresh sage leaves. Toast until just crispy. Remove from pan to let them finish their crisp on a paper towel. Roughly chop leaves and set aside.
Place brown rice tortillas in your toaster until just golden. Break into a total of 8 pieces. Set aside.
In a large salad bowl, massage kale and spinach leaves with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Make sure all leaves are coated well with oil (~1-2 minutes). Sprinkle in grated Pecorino or parmesan cheese and toss.
Fold in basil, parsley, rosemary and thyme with the kale and spinach leaves. Fold in cherry tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, crispy sage leaves and toasted quinoa. Fold in feta. Serve with a few crispy brown rice chips. Enjoy!
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