Bring on the New Year’s Luck with this Kale Salad

by in Recipes, Shows, January 8th, 2014

Kale Salad
Chopped Dinner ChallengeThe Chopped Dinner Challenge is a series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchens that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!

For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchens chose to feature the basket ingredient redbor kale, a purple variety. When you think of kale salad, “boring” might be one of the words that come to mind. But this salad is definitely not boring. The chefs of Food Network Kitchens made sure that it’s packed with flavor from garlic, maple syrup and bacon. Not only that but the salad also has black-eyed peas — both black-eyed peas and kale supposedly bring good luck, as they symbolize prosperity. Try this Roasted Redbor Kale Salad for dinner with your family and you may just bring on the luck for the year ahead.

This recipe calls for preparing the kale in two different ways: First you massage a portion of it with salt, oil and vinegar to tenderize it, then you roast the rest to create a play on textures. Reserve the smaller, tenderer leaves for roasting, and use the thicker leaves, thinly sliced, for massaging, since they hold up better. Meanwhile, cook the bacon until crisp and remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Keep just 2 tablespoons of the fat in the pan to cook the garlic and toast the red pepper flakes. Whisk in vinegar, maple syrup and season with salt to create your dressing.

When you’ve got the components ready, toss together the massaged kale, roasted kale, black-eyed peas, almonds, shallots and crispy bacon with the vinaigrette. Serve right away and enjoy the sweet, tangy flavors and unique textures.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Redbor Kale Salad

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Comments (3)

  1. Arlene Adams says:

    I love Chopped, especially when Scott is on. I could look at him all day and never get tired of seeing him. Last night I had an idea for the show that would be a real challenge for the chefs. Why not have an episode where the chefs have to use the same four items for each round. For instance, have a cake mix, a soft shell crab, some kind of vegetable, and some kind of fruit or drink. The chefs would have to make an appettitzer , (can't spell it, but you know what I mean), then make an entree' out of the same ingredients, and the same ones for the dessert round. I think it would be a really tough challenge. If you decide to do it, could you possibly notify me so that I could watch. I usually go to bed around 8:30/9:00 PM. But i would stay up to see it. Thank you so much. Give all my best to all the judges. I love them all.

  2. Anne says:

    Not crazy about your new website at all. Please go back to the old version.

  3. Carol, says:

    Your new website has chased me away. This one has left out what I like to use. Sorry. I have to go wlse where.

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