This is one of our favorites all year long. I know raw kale salads are all the rage but it taste's so.......raw. Chewy, and stringy and healthy and hip. Whole Foods offers a thirty year mortgage for a raw kale salad with mashed avocados massaged into the greens. The avocado helps breakdown the fibers and really is quite good.
I figured why not use some avocado oil in lieu of the ripe avocado. Why not flash cook the kale to wilt it a little. Why not add some smoke for depth, some crunch to break up the texture and see what we get. I've been pre-heating my sheetpan when I roast coffee with good results. Let's expand on that technique with this salad.
Let's see how this went down in the Agakitchen.
Start off by throwing your sheetpan into the the top rung of the Roasting Oven. I assume you have already washed and dried your kale, taking care to have small pieces that avoids the chewy stringy veins. I also hope you save the stems. They freeze well and with a small dice thrown into a stew is just good manners. Waste not, why not.
This feeds two for lunch, use multiple sheet pans if feeding more then two. Note: We have few friends in the Agakitchen and rarely feed more then two :(
- 8 cups of loosely packed kale
- 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika
- 4 Tablespoons of avocado oil, EVOO in a pinch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- juillinene of onion, to taste, I use about 1/8 of a yellow onion
- 1/4 cups nuts, currently we are living large and have macadamia nuts. After we pay our property taxes I'm sure we'll be back to almonds
Mix it all up in a big bowl. I use my hands to really massage the kale and oil. If possible let it absorb and meld for 30 minutes. If not do your best.
Take screaming hot sheet pan out of Roasting Oven and spread evenly on sheet pan.
Put pan back in Roastig Oven, top rung, for four minutes.
Timer goes beep, remove the pan and serve with a wedge of lemon.
I'll be adding my kale stems to beef stew tonite and my wife will never know....but my accountant will
Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom, G