Sunday, October 15, 2017

Magic Kale Salad with Tempeh

MAGIC KALE SALAD.  We can thank Peas and Thank You for this amazing recipe - I don't know whether this salad make it into either of her books, but I've been guarding this recipe with my life for years.  I daresay everybody who tries magic kale salad loves it - it is truly a crowd-pleaser, has become one of my go-to potluck recipes, and has made it into the standing "Christmas Dinner" menu at our house.  With the addition of some grilled or broiled tempeh, it turns into a substantial, power-packed lunch!  I couldn't consider a salad series without including this one, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


YIELD: 4 quart-sized salads

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 apples, diced
  • 1 large carrot, julienned
  • 8 oz tempeh, grilled or broiled
  • 2 bunches kale, stemmed and shredded
  • 1/2 c roasted, shelled, salted pistachios

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Make the lemon sesame vinaigrette: combine the lemon juice, oils, mustard, agave, and salt in a pint-sized mason jar or other tall container.  Puree and emulsify the dressing using a handheld stick blender.  
  2. Pack the salads: divide the dressing evenly among each of 4 tall quart-sized containers.  Layer the apple, carrot, tempeh, and kale in the jars.  Divide the pistachios evenly between 4 2-oz jars or snack-size zip-top bags for each salad.  Refrigerate until serving.
  3. Enjoy your salad: invert your salad onto a plate or into a bowl.  Top with pistachios.
TIME-SAVING TIPS: Use pre-washed bagged baby kale in place of the stemmed, shredded kale.

SPECIAL DIET SWAPS: This salad is vegan and gluten-free as-is.  For a nut-free salad, substitute salted, hulled sunflower seeds for the pistachios.

Food styling, photography, and infographics by Robert Campbell.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Pear, Walnut, and Bleu Cheese Salad

Pears are a fruit I definitely don't eat often enough.  It's so easy for me to get distracted by the wide variety of apples available this time of year, that I completely overlook pears!  My mistake - and definitely one to correct with this salad.  Pick up a couple of ripe, sweet pears and your favorite bleu cheese this week, and dig into this salad - it's a classic way to feature this oft-overlooked fruit!


YIELD: 4 quart-sized salads

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 c champagne vinegar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 c extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large, firm but ripe red or green pears, diced
  • 4 oz bleu cheese, crumbled
  • 4-8 oz mixed baby greens
  • 1/2 c walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Make the champagne vinaigrette: combine the garlic, mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, pepper, and oil in a pint-sized mason jar or other tall container.  Puree and emulsify the dressing using a handheld stick blender.  
  2. Pack the salads: add 2 tbsp dressing to each of 4 tall quart-sized containers; reserve the remaining dressing for another use.  Layer the pear, bleu cheese, and mixed greens in the jars.  Divide the walnuts evenly between 4 2-oz jars or snack-size zip-top bags for each salad.  Refrigerate until serving.
  3. Enjoy your salad: invert your salad onto a plate or into a bowl.  Top with walnuts.
TIME-SAVING TIPS: Use your favorite store-bought champagne vinaigrette in place of the homemade dressing.

SPECIAL DIET SWAPS: This salad is vegetarian and gluten-free as-is.  For a vegan salad, substitute agave for the honey in the dressing, and your favorite vegan bleu cheese or cultured tofu product for the dairy cheese.  For a nut-free salad, substitute sunflower seeds or pepitas for the walnuts.

Food styling, photography, and infographics by Robert Campbell.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Collard & Dried Tomato Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

Last summer, we had a bounty of tomatoes in our garden - a bounty so large, I was unable to keep up with eating, canning, and freezing them, and had to explore other preservation options.  Dried tomatoes to the rescue!  Tomatoes are surprisingly easy to dry in a very low oven, and will store, once dried, almost indefinitely in the freezer.  If you don't have your own stash of dried tomatoes, pick some up at the store this week to add rich flavor to this unique salad!



YIELD: 4 quart-sized salads

INGREDIENTS:
  • 28 oz can chickpeas, rinsed, drained, and patted dry
  • 7 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 4 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 c dried tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 c cilantro leaves
  • 1 c mint leaves
  • 1 large bunch collard greens, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c pine nuts, toasted

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Make the roasted chickpeas: preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Toss the chickpeas with 1 tbsp oil, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper.  Bake the chickpeas for about an hour, or until evenly dried, crispy, and golden brown.  Cool.
  2. Make the lemon vinaigrette: combine the garlic, lemon juice and zest, chili flakes, red wine vinegar, remaining olive oil, and salt and pepper (to taste) in a pint-sized mason jar.  Puree and emulsify the dressing using a handheld stick blender.  (Alternatively, puree and emulsify the dressing in a blender or mini food processor.)
  3. Pack the salads: divide the dressing evenly between each of 4 tall quart-sized containers.  Layer the dried tomato, green onions, cilantro, mint, and collard greens in the jars.  Divide the chickpeas and pine nuts evenly among 4 snack-sized zip-top baggies, one for each salad.  Refrigerate until serving.
  4. Enjoy your salad: invert your salad onto a plate or into a bowl.  Top with chickpeas and pine nuts.
TIME-SAVING TIPS: Substitute your favorite store-bought lemon vinaigrette for the homemade vinaigrette.  Substitute store-bought roasted chickpeas for the homemade roasted chickpeas.  Substitute pre-washed, bagged baby kale for the collard greens.

SPECIAL DIET SWAPS: This salad is vegan and gluten-free as-is.  For a nut-free salad, substitute roasted sunflower seeds for the pine nuts. 

Food styling, photography, and infographics by Robert Campbell.