First off, has everyone checked out all of the entries for Heather’s Parfait Challenge? If not, go check them out at Sweetly Raw – Seriously, they are all amazing!
Before bed last night, I pulled out the Flavor Bible to help plan a dinner for tonight that would include cucumbers. Under cucumbers I saw a “flavor affinities” that included cucumber + feta cheese + garlic + mint + olive oil + oregano + red wine vinegar. While those flavors didn’t exactly sound great to me, I figured it was worth a shot…
I obviously made a few modifications not only to raw-ify this, but also turn it into a dish with a bit more substance.
For the feta cheese, I knew I would use pumpkin seeds and nutritional yeast, and for the substance I’d use kale. Oh, and because I’m addicted to wine (see yesterday’s parfait), I decided I’d use straight red wine, instead of vinegar. I know, it sounds like complete s.h.i.t., but just bare with me here…
So, Here goes:
Cukes and Kale Salad
1 head of kale (stemmed, cut, washed and dried)
1 large burpless/english cucumber (seeded and chopped)
2-3 T olive oil
1/4 C of red wine
1-2 tsp lemon juice
1 T apple cider vinegar
Sea salt (generous amount)
handful of fresh oregano
handful of fresh mint
1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds (or more!)
1 – 2 T of nutritional yeast
Garlic (I used g. powder, as fresh garlic is a bit much for myself)
In a large bowl, massage kale with olive oil, red wine, lemon juice, acv, sea salt, oregano, and mint – massage for about 5 minutes, or, until tender. Add pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast, garlic and cucumber – mix thoroughly.
That’s it. Easy peasy.
I especially loved the simple monochromatic color scheme with the three greens… pretty.
Ok, so the verdict… Delicious! No joke. And I feel ok saying this, since I thought it was going to be a pile of crap in the beginning, ha. The red wine with the kale =’s awesome, and with a touch of nutritional yeast =’s better. Not only that, but I would have never thought to put mint and oregano together – who knew!?
So, if you only make one salad this week, make this one! (because it’s good and different – promise)