Saturday, September 15, 2012

grilled kale salad with ricotta & plums

last night as i was going to bed i noticed a spider on the ceiling.
he was too high to squish, so i just turn off the light and went to bed.
this morning when i woke up, he was gone.
i hate that.
now he could be anywhere.
what was i thinking???
recipe via bon appetit
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon honey
kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
4 medium plums, halved, pitted, thinly sliced
12 large or 16 small curly kale leaves
3/4 cup fresh ricotta
1. turn on broiler
2. whisk 3 tablespoons oil, vinegar, thyme, and honey in a medium bowl.
season vinaigrette to taste with salt and pepper.
add plums and toss to coat; transfer plums to a plate.

3. brush kale leaves with remaining 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt.
bake kale, turning once, until crispy and charred at edges, about 2 minutes on each side 
transfer to a work surface; let stand until cool enough to handle.
remove large center stems with a knife and discard
(just trim the tough ends from smaller, more tender kale stems).
4. divide ricotta among plates; season with salt and pepper.
stir vinaigrette again.
tear larger kale leaves into pieces (leave smaller leaves whole).
place leaves in a large bowl and toss with some of the vinaigrette.
5. divide leaves among plates. top with plums and drizzle some vinaigrette over.

this salad had so much potential.
it wasn't terrible - i definitely ate the entire thing.
but it wasn't amazing either. just being honest :)

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