Sesame Ginger Collard Salad

As cliché as it may be, there is, unfortunately, no denying the fact that I am a big fan of kale.

I do, however, think that there are some other greens that deserve their time in the spotlight. Namely, I think we should give some love to collard greens.

I fell in love with collards when I first tried Ethiopian food. Piled high on my injera-covered plate, right next to the mounds of Kik-Alicha (split peas simmered with turmeric and ginger) and Messer Wot (lentils cooked in berbere sauce) was a neat stack of gomen–sautéed collards.

I often try to replicate the recipe at home by blanching the collards and then cooking them with onions. But aside from that, I wasn’t sure how else to prepare them. So, when I came across a recipe for a raw collard salad in Bon Appétit magazine last month, I was thrilled.

raw-collard-recipe

The recipe is simple and refreshing – perfect for a summer meal. Here is a modified version, that skips an extra step (a honey seed brittle which is delicious but time consuming):

Ingredients:

1 bunch collard greens (stems and center ribs removed, sliced into ribbons)

2 T. apple cider vinegar

1.5 tsp. grated ginger

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1 tsp. honey

3 T. olive oil

1 tsp. toasted sesame oil

1/4 c. sunflower seeds

Instructions:

  1. Place collards into a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all other ingredients (save the sunflower seeds).
  3. Pour 2 tsp. of this dressing over the collards.
  4. Massage the dressing into the collards for roughly 30 seconds (until the collards become glossy).
  5. Drizzle the remaining dressing over the salad.
  6. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds
  7. Enjoy!

raw-collards

What about you? Are you a fan of collards? How do you like to prepare them?

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