Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Raw Kale with Avocado, Orange, Purple Onion & Citrus Vinaigrette

I love kale in almost all forms. I've had a leeeettle trouble appreciating it in its raw glory... but this salad is as close to yummy as I think raw kale can get. This is basically a rip-off of the Whole Foods salad bar kale salad, but with avocado & Bragg's, because that's how Stefania likes hers, as well as orange and lemon, because we've got backyard citrus trees threatening to bury us alive with ripe fruits. I winged the vinaigrette, and it ended up tying the whole thing together spectacularly. Be sure to make the vinaigrette first, so you can pour it on the salad immediately - the avocado won't get a chance to brown, and the citrus will marinate the kale.

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: None! But it does need to sit in the fridge for an hour or so.
Number of Ingredients: 8

1 lemon
1 orange
1 bunch dinosaur or lacinato kale
2 small or medium avocados
1/2 a small purple onion
Olive oil
Bragg's Liquid Amino Acids

Citrus Vinaigrette

Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Juice of 1/2 an orange (reserve other half for salad)
1 tbsp Bragg's Liquid Amino Acids (or less, or none)
3-4 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp honey (or more to taste)

Juice the citrus into a bowl, reserving the orange rind.  Whisk in the honey, then half the Bragg's. Bragg's is funky - similar to soy sauce in taste, but more yeasty and tangy. It's an acquired taste. Best to use half a tablespoon to start, then slowly add more if you're liking the funkiness. Add a bit more citrus or honey to mellow out the funkiness if it's not your bag, or just omit the Bragg's entirely. Slowly whisk in the oil to emulsify, then set aside.

Kale Salad with Avocado, Orange and Purple Onion

Trim kale from woody stalks and wash, dry well, and rough chop into bite sized chunks. Dice the reserved 1/2 orange (a large dice is fine), and toss into kale. Dice the flesh of 2 avocados and add to the heap. Slice the purple onion into thin half moons and toss those in as well. Mix the whole thing together with most of the vinaigrette - reserving about a tablespoon for later - then chill, covered, in the fridge for about an hour.

When ready to serve, uncover and toss again. You can drain off the juice at the bottom of the bowl, but it actually tastes pretty good. Drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of vinaigrette, and the zest of the reserved 1/2 orange. So pretty! (Zest makes everything look better).

Enjoy the salad, as well as a sense of superiority over those who have not had raw kale today. Just kidding! Kind of.

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