27 July 2019

Weekend Cooking: My New Favorite Salad

review of Michael Schwartz's Genuine PizzaI think you already know that I really love Michael Schwartz's Genuine Pizza, which I received for being a member of the 2018-2019 Abrams Dinner Party.

We've made a number of pizzas using Schwartz's crust (with its secret ingredient of beer), and I love the simple pizza sauce, which uses only 4 ingredients.

If you recall from my overview, one of the fantastic things about Genuine Pizza is that it includes recipes that move beyond just pizza. Schwartz includes desserts, drinks, soups, and more.

I've had my eye on one of the salads since this cookbook first entered my kitchen, and it's finally time to try it. I've been waiting for all the ingredients (well, most of them) to show up at our local farmer's market. That time is now.

Behold a perfect late summer salad. It's easy to put together and is easily scalable. For example, the recipe calls for one beet, but the photo (scanned from Genuine Pizza) definitely shows two--one red, one yellow. I'm good with that and followed suit.

The recipe notes suggest using any leftover dressing for another salad, for chicken or fish, or as a sandwich spread. You can even use it as a dip for veggies or French fries.

Kale Salad
review of Michael Schwartz's Genuine PizzaServes 6

  • 1 large beet, trimmed and scrubbed
  • 8 cups rough-chopped Tuscan kale
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup chopped dill, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons hulled raw sunflower seeds, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup Sunflower Seed Dressing
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese
Preheat oven to 425F. Wrap beet in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes, until soft when pierced with a knife. Transfer to a plate and let cool completely before peeling and cutting into large dice.

In a large bowl combine the beet, kale, onion, dill, and sunflower seeds. Toss with the dressing until ingredients are coated, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide among four plates and garnish with dill and sunflower seeds. Top with goat cheese before serving.

Sunflower Seed Dressing
Makes 1 1/4 cups
  • 1/2 cup hulled raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup packed dill
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon tahini
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
In a large bowl, combine everything except the oil. Using an immersion blender, process until smooth. With the blender motor running, slowly drizzle in the oil until the dressing is emulsified. Taste and adjust seasonings. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. (I used a regular blender.)
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11 comments:

bermudaonion 7/27/19, 7:39 AM  

I'm all about salads and might try that one without the beets. The dressing sure sounds good to me.

rhapsodyinbooks 7/27/19, 7:42 AM  

That salad looks fantastic! I hope to make it soon. Jim doesn't eat beets but that's great; I don't have to share!

Mae Travels 7/27/19, 8:11 AM  

One more no-beet family here! But sunflower dressing sounds like a fabulous idea.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 7/27/19, 8:21 AM  

There is nothing like a delicious cold salad in the hot days of summer. Kale has grown on me lately, and the addition of beets sounds quite intriguing.

Jackie McGuinness 7/27/19, 10:12 AM  

I love kale salad too.

I was wondering how many cookbooks you have?

judee 7/27/19, 10:28 AM  

The yellow and red beet in the photo really looks beautiful in that lovely healthy salad

Deb in Hawaii 7/27/19, 11:59 AM  

That salad looks delicious and I especially like the sound of that sunflower seed dressing. Yum! ;-)

Vicki 7/27/19, 1:59 PM  

I'm not a fan of beets or goat cheese but love the other ingredients

Abigail Pearson 7/28/19, 3:02 PM  

I like the sound of that dressing!

Heidenkind 7/29/19, 12:06 AM  

I’m not a big fan of dill. Or sunflower seeds. But the cookbook sounds good and it’s available on Hoopla!

Tina 7/29/19, 1:09 PM  

I love beets. My brother-in-law and I compete to get them off a buffet at family functions. Salad looks beautiful. As for pizza - Yes!

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