Friday, February 7, 2014

Warm Kale-Noodle Salad

Salad is my idea of a perfect lunch, but in this frozen part of the year, cold food isn't as as appealing to me as it is in the summer months. I love my greens though, so this comforting "warm salad" is my new favorite lunch. It's easy to make, and is also good cold the next day if you make too much.

Thanks to A House in the Hills for inspiring this recipe.

Warm Kale-Noodle Salad
serves 4

1 package (14-16 ounces) brown rice pasta
1-2 bunches dinosaur kale, rolled and sliced into thin ribbons - about 6-8 cups
2 T wakame (sea vegetable), soaked in water 10 minutes
2 T sesame seeds, plus more for garnish

1 ripe avocado
1 clove garlic
3 T miso
juice of 1 lime
1 T tamari
3/4 cup water

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Don't overcook it or you'll have a mushy salad. 
While the pasta cooks, slice the kale and place it in a large colander.

Place all dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
When the pasta is done, pour the soaked wakame into the colander with the kale.
Drain the pasta into the same colander, wilting and warming the kale with the hot pasta water.

Rinse with very hot tap water, drain, and return to the cooking pot.
Gently toss in the sesame seeds and dressing, a little at a time, until the salad is coated to your liking.
Serve immediately, with a sprinkle of sesame seeds or toasted sunflower seeds.

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1 comment:

Moringa Delight said...

It's the first time I heard of Dinosaur Kale and I never thought that it was actually a relative of our garden variety brocolli and cauliflower. This recipe looks absolutely delicious BTW, and I will definitely try this one out!