Monday, January 30, 2012

Meatless Monday: Spicy peanut and kale salad

I am in love with this dish. First of all, the flavors sing.  Secondly, it is supremely easy to make. And thirdly, it is a super food power dish.  Wins all around.  Try this tonight and thank me later.

Spicy peanut and kale salad recipe:

2 large bunches of kale (or 3 small)
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 cup peanuts
1 Tbsp ginger {I used the kind in a jar, but could also buy fresh and chop}

Spicy Ginger Peanut Sauce:
2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp tahini
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp fresh ginger {same note as above}
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp rice vinegar {or 1 tsp lemon juice}
2 tsp agave nectar
dash of cayenne pepper
fine black pepper to taste
maldon salt for topping

1.  Add all the sauce ingredients to large pot and stir until they blend together. Reduce heat to medium and simmer/stir for about two minutes. Turn heat to low.

2. Pull the leaves in bits from the thick stalks of your kale. Wash if needed. Add the kale leaves (toss thick stems) - add kale to the pot until filled to the brim. Fold the kale into the hot sauce. Fold well. The hot sauce will wilt the kale.

3. Turn off heat and add the remaining amount of kale. Also add in the ginger and red onion. Fold the kale salad well for about a minute - until all the kale has wilted and the leaves and onion mixed with the sauce.

4. Serve immediately or can place in fridge and serve chilled {will keep for a few days}

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