Protein Salad with Sauerkraut

If you haven’t used sauerkraut as a salad topper yet, there’s no better time than now!

It’s crunchy, it’s tangy, it takes your salad experience to a whole other level. Trust me.

Plus, you’re getting a hefty dose of powerhouse probiotics with each, delicious bite!

If you’ve read my Fermented Foods FAQ, then you know why fermented foods are so good for us!

But, on top of the powerful health benefits they confer, fermented foods are so, damn tasty!

I’m forever creating a balance of flavour in my dishes, so acid is always a big component in many of my recipes. Whether it’s coming from lemons, limes, apple cider vinegar, balsamic, or…fermented foods! (yes, try adding a splash or sauerkraut or dill pickle juice to your next salad dressing…#healthyhack)

Once you start adding fermented foods to your salads and sandwiches, you’ll wonder why you never tried it before.

This easy, protein-packed salad really comes together once you throw the sauerkraut into the mix. Its got plenty of plant-based protein from the beans, quinoa and hemp seeds so it’ll keep your blood sugar balanced and you’ll be satisfied until your next snack or meal.

I had leftovers which I stored in the fridge and quickly heated in a pan for dinner. (Nothing better than a leftover salad fry-up!) If you need an added hit of flavour just splash a little sauerkraut juice in there too! As an optional, delicious zing, I like to throw some salty, black olives and (sometimes) crumbled goat feta too. Oh. My. Yum!

You can use any colour of cabbage you want. I used red here because it’s bright and pretty, and it also has loads of nutrients.

Use any dressing you like. I used a basic lemon vinaigrette this time round, but – seriously – any kind will do!

Tangy Protein Salad with Sauerkraut
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Recipe type: Vegan
Cuisine: Salas
Serves: 4 Servings
  • 4 overflowing cups of baby spinach
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup cooked white beans (or any legume) drained and rinsed
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup raw, unpasteurized sauerkraut (I used red cabbage kraut)
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds for topping
  • handful black olives and goat feta for topping (optional)
  1. Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl, combine with about ½ cup of lemon vinaigrette and toss well.
  2. Taste and add more salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Top with hemp seeds (+ black olives and crumbled feta if desired).
Basic Lemon Vinaigrette
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Recipe type: Vegan
Cuisine: Salad
Serves: 1 Cup
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup lemon juice (approx. juice of 2 lemons)
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  1. Place all ingredients into a glass jar with lid and shake vigorously to combine. (Makes about 1 cup and stores in fridge well for a week.)

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