Sweet Greens and Grains

This is my version of a salad that we used to enjoy at a restaurant, but the dressing there contained a lot of oil, and the quinoa was fried. It’s one of my favorite salads—easy to make and one you will enjoy again and again.

Makes 4 servings.


1 cup red leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces

1 cup romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces

5 radishes, thinly sliced

1 cup grapes, sliced in half

1⁄2 cup cooked quinoa
1⁄2 cup slivered almonds


2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 small shallot, minced 1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 tablespoon salt-free mustard

1 teaspoon date paste

1 tablespoon ground flax meal

1. For the dressing, mix all ingredients together in a blender and set aside.

2. Place all remaining ingredients in a bowl and toss together.

3. Right before serving, add the dressing and massage into the lettuce to distribute evenly.