I had this salad at a dinner party a few weeks ago. The three of us (yes now we are three and five if you count the cats, who can be a rather large presence in our tiny apartment) and it being San Francisco, the second most expensive city in the country, and everyone having small apartments, and us having a baby but still wanting to go out, meant we went to the party and put our boy down for the evening in a walk-in closet. He lasted a couple of hours, enough time for us to put on our party faces, meet some great people, have a couple of glasses of champagne and enjoy one of the best meals I have had in a long time. This was one of the dishes I tried -a raw kale and brussel sprouts salad, courtesy of Epicurious.
I always love me a raw kale salad (check out my old post) and this one was a great dinner and made for an equally delicious lunch the next day. And yes, it goes really well with a fried egg. I also think you could sprinkle a bit of bacon on top - I just used up the last of my bacon from Damn Fine Bacon - which if you are local to the Bay Area I highly recommend.
Anyway, here is my adapted version of the recipe:
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (any mustard will work)
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1 small garlic clove, finely grated
1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt plus more for seasoning
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 large bunches of any type of kale, center stem discarded, leaves thinly sliced
12 ounces brussels sprouts, trimmed, finely grated or shredded with a knife (I think I used a bit more
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 cup walnuts coarsely chopped and toasted (the recipe calls for almonds, which I will use next time)
1 cup finely grated parmeson
- Combine lemon juice, mustard, onion, garlic, salt, and a pinch of pepper in a small bowl. Whisk oil into mixture to blend.
- Mix thinly sliced kale and shredded brussel sprouts in a large bowl.
- Add dressing to kale and sprouts, mix well to coat. Add cheese and almonds. Let flavors meld for about 30 minutes before eating.
Have a great weekend.
|And because I can't resist at least one picture of my little rugrat....|