Last weekend I bought a bunch of fresh Kale for $1 (what a deal!) at the farmer's market, and I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it. This recipe comes from Sophie Uliano, of Gorgeously Green. You may have heard of her ~ she has written books and has been on tv offering great tips on how to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. I like to receive her weekly emails because I find that her advice is practical and easy to follow. The below recipe did not disappoint ~ it made a nice big bowl of salad that lasted for half the week. It tasted fresh and a little spicy, with lots of Asian flavor. Don't worry too much if you don't have everything it calls for ~ I didn't, and it still turned out great.
Kale Salad with Peanut Dressing
1/2 c. chunky peanut butter (smooth works fine!)
1 1/2 T. rice vinegar
1 T. tamari or soy sauce
1 T. toasted sesame oil
1 T. peeled, finely grated fresh ginger (I used ground ginger)
2 cloves minced garlic
1 T. sesame seeds ( I didn't have any, so I used sunflower seeds)
2 bunches of kale, washed, trimmed and roughly chopped
4 scallions, thinly sliced ( I used white onions)
1/4 c. salted peanuts, roughly chopped, as garnish (optional)
Combine the peanut butter, vinegar, tamari, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, and 1/4 cup of water in a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth, adding more water to thin the dressing if needed.
Steam the kale, drain well and chop (not too finely) and toss with some of the dressing. Add the onions and the rest of the dressing, and transfer to a bowl. Chill in the fridge and sprinkle peanuts on top just before serving.