When most people think of salad, they imagine something with lettuce — maybe tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots (which is our traditional garden salad), or the addition of onions, bell peppers, black olives and mozzarella cheese, which is what you’ll find on our dinner salad. But Sipipa has one amazing new salad that contains no lettuce at all, In fact, none of the ingredients listed above are in our newest salad, but it IS packed with two key ingredients that continue to be super trendy!
Our Quinoa & Kale Salad includes chopped kale, quinoa cooked, dried cranberry, sliced almonds, feta cheese, olive oil and lemon juice. As we say on our menu, “We decided this was a bandwagon we could jump on with all of our dedication to freshness and flavor. Thus, Sipipa’s Quinoa and Kale Salad was born. It is a salad for champions and connoisseurs alike.” But in case you’re still unfamiliar with quinoa and kale, we wanted to introduce these two powerhouse foods to you here.
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is an edible seed that continues to grow in popularity because of its wide array of health benefits and important nutrients. The Incas called quinoa “the mother of all grains,” and it was first cultivated over 5,000 years ago. Today, there are hundreds of cultivated quinoa, but the most common versions people buy are white, red and black quinoa.
Quinoa is often considered a whole grain, as the whole seed is eaten without any parts being removed, but botanically, quinoa is a pseudo-cereal, and it is also naturally gluten-free. Here are some other great things about quinoa:
Key points about quinoa
• Quinoa naturally has a bitter, protective coating called saponin that acts as an insecticide, but it can easily be removed by washing it before eating.
• It is a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce and, therefore, need to consume.
• It is relatively high in antioxidants and much higher in fiber compared with other grains and cereals.
• Quinoa can help prevent a number of diseases and improve metabolic health by lowering blood sugar and triglyceride levels.
• High levels of quercetin and kaempferol protect against a range of chronic diseases and cancer.
• Because quinoa helps manage potassium levels, it has a potential protective effect against kidney stones.
Kale is a leafy green winter vegetable considered to be closer to wild cabbage and related to Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and other cruciferous veggies. It is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. Kale is great for aiding in digestion and elimination due to its great fiber content, and it’s filled with many important vitamins and nutrients.
Here are some key points about kale.
• It contains fiber, antioxidants, calcium, iron and Vitamin C and K. A single cup of raw kale contains more vitamin C than an orange.
• Many powerful antioxidants are found in kale, including quercetin and kaempferol, which have numerous beneficial effects on health.
• Kale contains substances that bind bile acids and lower cholesterol levels in the body.
• Kale is very high in beta carotene, an antioxidant that the body can turn into vitamin A.
• Kale is a great source of calcium, potassium and magnesium.
• Kale is high in lutein and zeaxanthin, which can drastically reduced risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
So what are you waiting for? Order online to enjoy the Quinoa & Kale Salad today!