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Napa Valley Grille's kale chopped salad

Napa Valley Grille's kale chopped salad
Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

The chopped kale salad at the Napa Valley Grille in Westwood is the sort of healthy, interesting dish you could eat every day. In fact, a waitress there who recommended it told me she does exactly that. After I ordered ... Read more

Total time: 45 minutes | Serves 4 to 6

Lemon Vinaigrette

  • Juice of 3 lemons and grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 anchovy fillet, minced
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 basil leaves, cut in thin strips
  • Sea salt
  • Finely-ground pepper

Step 1In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, shallot, anchovy, cheese and basil. Season to taste with one-fourth teaspoon salt and one-eighth teaspoon pepper. This makes slightly more than one-half cup vinaigrette, more than is needed for the remainder of the recipe; the vinaigrette will keep, covered and refrigerated, up to 1 week.

Kale salad

  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 romaine heart, chopped
  • 1 head green kale, chopped
  • 1/4 cup almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Step 1Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil.

Step 2Meanwhile, place the quinoa in a strainer and rinse under cool running water to remove the outer coating of the quinoa (if not rinsed, the coating can give the quinoa a bitter flavor). Place the rinsed quinoa in a dry saute pan and toast, stirring frequently, until the quinoa is dry, lightly colored, and has a nutty aroma.

Step 3Place the toasted quinoa in the saucepan with the water, reduce the heat and simmer the quinoa until it is translucent and tender and the germ has spiraled out from the grain, 12 to 15 minutes (be careful not to overcook). Drain the quinoa and spread it out on a baking sheet to cool.

Step 4In a large bowl, combine the romaine, kale, quinoa, almonds, raisins and parmesan cheese. Add one-fourth cup vinaigrette and toss to lightly coat. Add additional vinaigrette as desired, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Note: Adapted from Napa Valley Grille in Westwood.

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