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Animalistic Kale Salad

Animalistic Kale Salad 1.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Cooking for One May 11, 2011

This salad gets its name from, and was inspired by, Animal restaurant in Los Angeles, where a baby kale salad with chili-lime vinaigrette, pecorino and pumpernickel crumbs is a standout on an otherwise carnivorous menu. The addition of a miso-mushroom omelet turns it into a meal.

Servings: 1 - 2
  • 2 cups baby kale
  • Freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon (3 to 4 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon mild white miso
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 ounces cremini, oyster, hen of the woods or other meaty mushrooms, chopped (not stemmed)
  • 1 ounce pecorino cheese, coarsely grated
  • 2 teaspoons chili-flavored oil
  • Coarse, flaky sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Wasa brand rye crackers, crumbled


Wash and dry the kale. If its stems are thick, remove the leaves from the stems and reserve the stems for another use. Cut the leaves into thin slices and transfer to a medium bowl; add the lemon juice and toss to coat.

Whisk together the miso and water in a small bowl, then whisk in the eggs until well combined.

Heat the oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they collapse and exude their juices, about 4 minutes.

Pour the miso-egg mixture over the mushrooms; cook for about 1 minute, or until set on the bottom; lift the edges of the set egg on one side and tilt the pan so the uncooked egg runs underneath, then fold over a time or two to form an omelet. Cook for a minute or two on each side, until just cooked through. Transfer the omelet to a plate to cool.

Once the omelet has cooled, transfer it to a cutting board and chop it into small pieces. Add the omelet pieces and pecorino to the kale in the bowl and drizzle the chili-flavored oil on top; season with salt and pepper to taste, then toss to combine.

Sprinkle the cracker crumbs on top, transfer to a plate, and eat.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 2): 300

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 19g 29%

Saturated Fat: 6g 30%

Cholesterol: 225mg 75%

Sodium: 640mg 27%

Total Carbohydrates: 17g 6%

Dietary Fiber: 2g 8%

Sugar: 2g

Protein: 16g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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