Friday, January 20, 2012

Recipe (Re)creation: Kale & Sweet Potato Salad

~From top: sweet potatoes ready for the oven, partially assembled salad,
fully assembled salad with balsamic drizzle, close-up of the deliciousness~ 

If you haven't realized it yet- kale is all the rage right now.  Its on restaurant menus left and right, either in soups, salads, or even in the form of chips (stay tuned for that recipe).  This salad, whether eaten as an appetizer or as a main, is for the days you don't have much time and are in the mood for something healthy.  Its the perfect dish for January, since you're likely burned out on cookies, holiday parties and heavy food.  This dish is light, but super satisfying with the sweet potatoes, almonds, and cheese.  My kale salad was inspired by this recipe but I decided to use sweet potatoes instead of butternut squash since they takes less time to cook.  I also added thyme, garlic, and balsamic drizzle for more flavor.  The best bit about this salad is that it is great for leftovers since the kale doesn't get soggy.  Healthy, quick, and totally delicious!

Serving Size: 2


1 bunch Lacinato or Dinosaur Kale, ribs removed and thinly chopped
1 sweet potato, cubed
2 sprigs of thyme (optional)
3 garlic cloves
3 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons sliced, roasted almonds
Freshly grated pecorino or parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon balsamic reduction (optional)
Sea salt, to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place sweet potato cubes, thyme leaves, and whole garlic cloves on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.

Roast the sweet potatoes for 25-30 minutes in the oven, or until fully cooked and tender.

Meanwhile mix the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil with the lemon juice and pour the dressing over the kale.

Top the salad with the roasted sweet potatoes and garlic and garnish with almond slices and freshly grated cheese

Add sea salt to taste and drizzle balsamic reduction over the salad (optional).


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