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Braised and Raw Black Kale Salad

Chef Aaron London "definitely had gluten-free diners in mind" when he came up with this recipe. "I wanted to make sure it had a variety of textures-fluffy, crunchy, and unctuous. Often when food is missing gluten, it lacks different texture profiles," he explains.



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½ cup pine nuts, divided
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½ cup olive oil, divided
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2 medium onions, thinly sliced (3 cups)
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3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)
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½ tsp. red pepper flakes
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2½ lb. black kale, stems trimmed, divided (16 cups)
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1 cup golden raisins
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1 cup dry sherry
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2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
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6 Tbs. lemon juice, divided
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6 tsp. grated lemon zest, divided


1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Spread pine nuts on baking sheet. Toast in oven 10 minutes, or until light brown. Set aside.

2. Heat ¼ cup olive oil in Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until translucent. Add garlic and red pepper flakes; cook 1 minute. Add 12 cups kale, and stir until coated with oil. Stir in ½ cup water, cover, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 1 hour, or until kale is soft.

3. Bring raisins and sherry to a boil in saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook 5 minutes, or until raisins are plumped. Transfer to bowl, and stir in vinegar, 2 Tbs. lemon juice, 2 tsp. lemon zest, remaining ¼ cup olive oil, and pine nuts.

4. Slice remaining 4 cups kale into thin ribbons, and toss with remaining 4 Tbs. lemon juice and 4 tsp. lemon zest in medium bowl.

5. Run knife through cooked kale to slice into bite-size pieces. Transfer to platter, and drizzle with half of pine nut mixture. Top with raw kale ribbons, drizzle with remaining pine nut mixture, and sprinkle with Parmesan, if using.

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9 g
Total Fat: 
27 g
Saturated Fat: 
3 g
49 g
0 mg
87 mg
6 g
20 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

This looks good

This recipe requires a MAJOR makeover! 400 plus calories per serving? 27 grams of fat? You must be KIDDING!

Holly molly, why do many calories and so much fat?

This looks awesome! I'm definitely trying this!

This needs less oil and other adjustments to be healthy.

Parmesan cheese is not vegetarian as it is made from rennet taken from the stomaches of calves before they are slaughtered. Vegan alternatives to parmesan are available.

I think the nutritional info is wrong here, when I enter all ingredients in a calorie calculator and divide by 6 servings I end up with 300 calories per serving.

WAY too much oil.

Vegetarians eat Animal bi products , such as cheese , milk eggs and honey . A Vegan and a vegetarian aren't the same . This is a common mistake I run into often..

ilove it

Again, even though its been said...almost 450 calories, 27gms of fat, 20gms sugar?? I would love to try this but as a diabetic with high cholesterol that's out of the question! Who knew gluten free=unhealthy?