Friday, January 21, 2011

Kale with Spicy Peanut Sauce

What I love most about this recipe is the spicy peanut sauce! The recipe originates from Cafe M in Los Angeles, a vegan organic trendy restaurant. Although the peanut sauce is not really visible in the photo, it is really the star of this dish! But, naturally, it is high in calories so I only drizzled the kale, not doused it.

Spicy Peanut Dressing 
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
3 TB low sodium soy sauce
2 T brown rice vinegar

2 garlic cloves, microplaned
ca 1.5inch ginger, peeled, microplaned
a few squirts of sriracha sauce
1/4 cup hot water
1.5 TB red miso

1 large bunch kale

¼ cup peanuts, chopped for garnish
¼ red onion, halved and sliced for garnish

1. To make Spicy Peanut Dressing: Place all dressing ingredients into a blender (best: vitamix!). Blend until mixture turns into a smooth consistency. This makes quite a bit of sauce, which stores well in the fridge. 

Cut stems out of the kale leaves. 
Add a pinch of salt to a pot of boiling water, then blanch the kale for 2 min. 
Remove the kale from the boiling water and squeeze the excess water out of the kale.
Drizzle the dressing on top of the kale. Garnish with sliced red onions and chopped peanuts.

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