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Savor the Flavors: Italian-Inspired Tuscan Kale Chopped Salad

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Capturing the Essence of Italy: Our Italian-Inspired Tuscan Kale Chopped Salad

Indulge in the flavors of Italy with our Italian-inspired Tuscan Kale Chopped Salad. Picture this: the rich taste of hand-torn pasta intermingled with sumptuous bolognese, followed by the sweet indulgence of nutella gelato trickling down your chin as you sit on Rome’s Spanish Steps, lost in a daydream. That’s the Italy I cherish and yearn for.

Travel has always been a passion of mine, a window to endless adventures and culinary discoveries. Despite numerous journeys, I find myself constantly craving more, longing for the quaint cobblestone streets of a charming Italian village. It was during one such escapade in the Tuscan countryside that I stumbled upon a salad that left an indelible mark on my palate. This Tuscan Kale Chopped Salad is a tribute to that unforgettable experience.

True Italian cuisine is a celebration of simplicity, where the freshest, local ingredients take center stage. This salad is a harmonious blend of West Coast’s finest produce and a tantalizing basil vinaigrette, a fusion that brings a slice of Italy to your table.

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Why You’ll Love Our Italian-Inspired Tuscan Kale Crunch Salad

  1. Fresh and Nutritious Ingredients: Each bite is packed with wholesome, locally sourced greens and vegetables, ensuring a nutritious and satisfying meal.
  2. Authentic Italian Flavors: Experience the true essence of Italy with traditional ingredients like Parmigiano Reggiano and Italian salami combined in perfect harmony.
  3. Easy and Quick to Prepare: This salad is ideal for busy lifestyles, as it’s simple to assemble with readily available ingredients and a quick preparation time.
  4. Versatile for Any Occasion: This salad is versatile for any table setting, whether it’s a light lunch, a side dish for dinner, or a healthy option for gatherings.
  5. Vibrant and Appetizing Presentation: This dish is not only delicious but also visually appealing, making it a delightful addition to your culinary repertoire and a sure hit with guests.

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Tuscan Kale Chopped Salad Recipe

Ingredients for Tuscan Kale Chopped Salad (Serves 2):

  • Salad Components:
    • 4-5 leaves of Tuscan kale, washed and finely chopped
    • 1 medium zucchini, transformed into spirals
    • 1 cup of Brussel sprouts, thinly sliced and gently steamed
    • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, adding a Mediterranean twist
    • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, for a touch of sweetness
    • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds (I recommend Skout Backcountry)
    • 1/2 cup Italian salami, finely sliced (Olympia Provisions Cacciatore is a superb choice)
    • 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, freshly grated
  • Basil Lemon Vinaigrette:
    • 1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
    • 1/4 cup olive oil, for that silky texture
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1/2 shallot, finely chopped
    • 6 large basil leaves, very finely diced
    • Salt and black pepper, freshly ground to taste
  • Tools:
    • A spiralizer for the zucchini

Preparation Steps:

  1. For the Vinaigrette:
    • Combine all vinaigrette ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend for about 15 seconds until smooth.
    • Transfer to a mason jar or an airtight container. Shake well before use.
    • This vinaigrette can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  2. For the Salad:
    • Begin by steaming the Brussel sprouts until tender.
    • Use the spiralizer to create zucchini noodles, cutting them into 3-inch lengths.
    • In a large bowl, mix the zucchini noodles with kale, Brussel sprouts, olives, sundried tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, and salami.
    • Drizzle 4 tablespoons of the Basil Lemon Vinaigrette over the salad and toss to combine.
    • To serve, plate the salad and garnish generously with Parmigiano Reggiano.

Experience a taste of Italy with each bite of this vibrant, crunch-filled salad, where every ingredient sings with the authenticity and passion of Italian cooking. Buon Appetito!

Hi, I’m Valerie!

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