Napa Valley Grille’s Chopped Kale Salad

Today I have a delicious 5 star secret recipe for a popular salad on the menu at the Napa Valley Grille in Westwood, California. Napa Valley Grille is a casual, fine dining restaurant featuring Wine Country cuisine, with an emphasis on seasonal, sustainable ingredients.

This fresh salad combines chopped kale and romaine with quinoa, almonds, raisins and Parmesan cheese to create an enjoyable mixture of flavors and textures.  A bright lemon vinaigrette is tossed with the salad just before serving to complete this dish.

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Enjoy!

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New 5 Star Secret Recipe
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Napa Valley Grille’s Chopped Kale Salad

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

In 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
Lemon vinaigrette
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil.

Meanwhile, 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.

Place 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.

In 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.

Serves 4-6

Source: LA Times

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