A New Favorite: Marie Simmons’ Shredded Tuscan Kale Salad

SHREDDED TUSCAN KALE, TOMATO AND AVOCADO SALAD

From Fresh & Fast Vegetarian, by Marie Simmons (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt 2011)

Vegan
 
This recipe is based on a delicious and revolutionary idea: raw kale salad. Because it’s on many restaurant menus, I suspect it is from an innovative raw foods chef. Having tested this salad with every variety of kale I can fi nd, I’ve decided the mild-tasting, tender, pebbly-leafed Tuscan (lacinato) kale, often sold as “dinosaur kale,” is the best. Although the kale is raw, it is softened by rubbing it in your hands with the lime juice, olive oil and salt dressing.
 
Prep Time: About 10 minutes
Serves: 4
 
1 small bunch (about 10 ounces) Tuscan (lacinato) kale, washed and dried
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon coarse salt
 
Salsa
1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and diced (¼ inch)
1 ripe tomato, diced (¼ inch), with seeds and juice (about 1 cup)
½ cup diced (¼ inch) red onion
1 teaspoon finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper, plus more to taste
1 small garlic clove, grated
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon coarse salt
¼ cup unsalted roasted pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds; see page 13)
 
1. To prepare the kale, cut along both sides of the stem of each leaf with a sharp knife or pull the ruffled leaves away from the stems with your hands. Discard the stems. Gather a bunch of the long kale leaves together on the cutting board and slice into thin (¹⁄8-inch) crosswise slices. You should have 4 to 6 cups lightly packed.
 
2. Combine the kale, lime juice, oil and salt in a large bowl. Rub the ingredients together with your hands (as though giving the kale a massage) until the leaves wilt, 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside.
 
3. To make the salsa: Combine the avocado, tomato, red onion, jalapeño, garlic, lime juice, oil and salt and stir to blend.
 
4. Add the salsa to the kale and toss to combine. Sprinkle the salad with the pepitas. Serve at room temperature.
 
Substitutions
Substitute roasted sunflower seeds for the pepitas.
 

 

Dorie Greenspan

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