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Kale, Bean and Quinoa Salad

Did you know: Leonardo da Vinci was the first artist to depict salad in his paintings? In the Leda, 1504, a child, standing next to the goddess of fertility, poses with a bouquet of lambs lettuce. Artists, are you looking to add more greens to your practice?

Prep time:10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Salad Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (cooled)
  • 1 1/2 cups of beans cooked or 1 can of beans liquid removed.  (green lima beans or any type of beans)
  • 3 cups finely chopped kale, ribs removed
  • 1 cup of sliced grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion, diced in small fine cubes
  • 1 avocado, pitted and cubed

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 2tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 1 large basil leaf, chopped
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste


  1. Place dressing ingredients in the blender or food processor and process for 15 seconds. reserve or put aside.
  2. In medium bowl toss kale, quinoa and beans together, add dressing and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 15-25 minutes to allow flavours to soak in. Before serving toss again with remaining ingredients.
  3. Garnish with basil and serve.

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Recipe provided by our student chef, Rocio Graham:

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Rocio Graham uses her kitchen as the base for her art practice. She makes observations about our cultural, economical and political stances and believes that Guerrillas should start at home with pan and whisker in hand. She has been an art student for 8 continuous years which has given her plenty of practice on how to feed the masses, eat healthy, stock up for the zombie apocalypse, or just plain how to survive critiques well fed. She makes the meanest of Mexican fiestas and she hopes that nobody goes hungry at ACAD under her watch.