Kale Salad with Sage Roasted Butternut Squash

Sage-Butter Butternut Squash Kale Salad

It is noon-ish here in McCall, Idaho—our stomping grounds for the week—and the thermometer on the porch has yet to reach the 40°F mark. With weather like this, we have roasted a full chicken (maple butter chicken, to be exact), made enchilada soup (adapted this recipe), and even ate freshly baked pumpkin pie in front of the fireplace… for most of the US though, I know, it is not winter yet. This sage-butter butternut squash salad is what I was making while still at home, and will probably return to making when we get back.

I forgot one key ingredient for the photoshoot of this recipe: parmesan cheese! It went on shortly after. Butternut squash, pecans, and parm make this salad quite hearty. One day we had it for breakfast with a fried egg on top, another we ate it as lunch. It would also work as a side, served in a big bowl and tossed. Capers might seem like a curve ball ingredient, but since butternut squash, pecans, and currants are all a tad sweet, the capers add a necessary salty, brine-y pop.

Sage-Butter Butternut Squash Kale Salad
Kale Salad with Sage Roasted Butternut Squash

Kale Salad with Sage Roasted Butternut Squash

Published October 2, 2019 by
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Serves: 2 (as a meal) or 4 (as a side)   |    Active Time: 30 minutes



Ingredients:


For the butternut squash:
  • 2 cups peeled, seeded, and cubed (1/2-inch cubes) butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 10 sage leaves
  • A few cracks black pepper
  • 1-2 three-finger pinches of salt

  • For the salad:
  • 1 bunch green curly kale, chopped (optionally, remove stems)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 three-finger pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup currants
  • 1/3 cup toasted pecans
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan Reggiano
  • 2-3 tablespoons capers, strained
  • Additional ground black pepper to taste

  • For the vinaigrette:
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup

  • Directions:

    1. Cook the squash: heat 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a 10-inch skillet. Swirl the pan to coat the bottom in butter. When butter is melted and starts to bubble, place butternut squash in pan. Cook, without stirring, for about 7 minutes. Add sage, and stir gently. Cook for 7-10 more minutes, stirring very occasionally, until butternut squash is golden on the edges and tender all the way through. Season with black pepper and salt to taste. Remove from heat.
    2. Meanwhile, prep the salad. Place chopped kale in large salad bowl and drizzle very lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Using your hands, rub the oil and salt into the kale leaves until they are tender and bright green (this makes them softer—better for eating). Divide kale among serving bowls, if using. Top with currants, toasted pecans, capers, and parmesan. Add butternut squash.
    3. Make vinaigrette: place all vinaigrette in a jar with a lid and shake to emulsify. Drizzle dressing to taste over salad.
    4. Serve salad immediately, season with black pepper to taste, and toss.

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    Raspberry Popsicles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

    Raspberry Popsicles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

    Poison ivy and raspberry bushes—when I was a kid, these were the two plants my dad always pointed out to me on camping trips. This is a habit I have adopted , calling out “Poison Ivy!” and “Raspberry bush! … but no berries,” to any of my hiking partners.

    But this summer, as we hiked through Big Elk Meadows (which is not a meadow and there were no elk), the wild raspberries were copious. The dry creek was spotted with small bushes, each of them ripe with red gems. Those wild berries were far better than the ones growing in my own backyard, and not just because we were eating them outside. They were juicier and sweeter. We ate the ripest ones and left the others for the birds.

    These popsicles are an end of summer hoorah! A sweet-tart cool down for mid-afternoon.

    Raspberry Popsicles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle
    Raspberry Popsicles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

    Raspberry Popsicles with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

    Published September 10, 2019 by
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    Serves: 6   |    Active Time: 20 active minutes



    Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  • Optional: 1-2 tablespoons raw sugar or coconut sugar
  • Equipment: Popsicle molds and popsicle sticks

  • Directions:

    1. Place raspberries in a blender and purée.
    2. Place a fine-mesh sieve over a sauce pan, and pour raspberry puree through sieve in order to remove seeds. All of the juice should go through the sieve (into the pot), and you should be left with just seeds in the sieve. Discard of seeds.
    3. Place raspberry purée on stove over low heat and stir in lemon juice. Bring to a slow simmer, and add sugar to taste. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Allow mixture to cool, about 10 minutes.
    4. Pour raspberry mixture into popsicle molds with popsicle sticks and freeze for 8 hours, until frozen solid.
    5. When popsicles are frozen, prep the chocolate: melt chocolate in microwave (at 30 second increments, stirring in between each until smooth), or in a double boiler.
    6. Remove popsicles from molds, and drizzle with chocolate. Allow chocolate to set. Serve immediately, or store in air-tight container until ready to eat.

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    Grilled Swordfish with Fresh Herb Sauce & Shishito Peppers

    Grilled Swordfish with Fresh Herb Sauce & Shishito Peppers

    Herbs, herbs on everything. That’s been the mantra lately, out of necessity (but also appetite for fresh, bold flavors). Last night it was something like this pork noodle salad from NYT Cooking (…but with rice instead of noodles, and grilled marinated chicken breast instead of pork…). The night before it was magic green chicken Nom Nom Paleo-style. But even before that—when the weekend was still young—it was this grilled swordfish with fresh herb sauce.

    Need a side? Slice zucchini lengthwise (I know you have plenty of zucchini!), brush with EVOO, salt, and toss on the grill. The herb sauce in this recipe (which you will have plenty of) goes great with grilled veggies, too. Simple white rice adds bulk but also soaks up extra juices—a welcome addition!

    Grilled Swordfish with Fresh Herb Sauce & Shishito Peppers
    Grilled Swordfish with Fresh Herb Sauce & Shishito Peppers

    Grilled Swordfish with Fresh Herb Sauce & Shishito Peppers

    Published August 20, 2019 by
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    Serves: 4   |    Active Time: 20 minutes



    Ingredients:

  • 1 pound sword fish fillet
  • 10-12 Shishito peppers (optional)
  • Large pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Sprinkle of cracked black pepper

  • Herb sauce:
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped herbs (I use a mix of equal parts parsley, thai basil, mint, and oregano)
  • 1 shallot
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper

  • Directions:

    1. Light a grill and set to high. Close lid and allow grill to heat.
    2. Meanwhile, using a sharp knife, cut the fish cubes (about 1-2 inches each).
    3. Skewer fish pieces, along with shishito peppers if using. Sprinkle with salt, and allow to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes.
    4. Use a brush to coat fish with olive oil, covering both sides. Then, zest lemon over fish, and sprinkle with pepper.
    5. Place fish on hot grill, and cook for 3 minutes on each side, with the grill lid closed.
    6. While fish cooks, make the fresh herb sauce: mince the shallot, and place in a small bowl with lemon juice. Mince herbs, and add to bowl, along with salt and a few cracks of black pepper. Pour enough olive oil into the bowl to coat all of the herbs. Stir.
    7. When fish is done cooking, remove from heat and set on serving plates. Spoon herb sauce over top, and serve hot.

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