Pan Roasted Mushroom Salad with Wilted Kale

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Author Notes: I am the only one in my family who loves mushrooms. I have loved them for as long as I can remember. Here is a quick pan roasted mushroom salad that preserves everything I love about mushrooms – a rich, earthy, mushroomy flavor – with a bright burst of lemony kale and fresh herbs for contrast. Finish the salad with a drizzle of heady white truffle oil - my mom just returned from Florence bearing truffle gifts - I simply could not resist. I was happy to enjoy this all to myself!gingerroot

Serves 1-2

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 anchovy fillets, packed in oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, sliced paper thin
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 4 shiitake mushrooms, cleaned, stemmed
  • 1 large portobello, cleaned, stemmed, cut into ½ inch thick slices
  • 1-2 kale leaves, thoroughly washed (do not dry), stemmed, leaves torn into 1 to 2-inch pieces (for 3 cups)
  • 1 lemon wedge (if using Meyer lemon, don’t squeeze all the juice – just about half from the wedge)
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves or Italian parsley sprigs
  • Drizzle of white truffle oil or walnut oil
  • Drizzle of sherry vinegar if using walnut oil
  1. Heat olive oil in a 10-inch skillet. When hot, add anchovies, gently breaking them apart with a wooden spoon. Sprinkle a pinch of red pepper flakes and add garlic. Cook until fragrant, moving garlic around so it does not burn.
  2. Pushing garlic slices to the outer edge of the pan, add shiitakes, cap side down. Add Portobello slices. Cook mushrooms for 2 minutes, undisturbed. Turn shiitakes over. Cook Portobello slices for a minute more before flipping. After two more minutes, when mushrooms have released their liquid, transfer mixture to a bowl.
  3. Add torn kale leaves to hot skillet and move around with wooden spoon. Kale pieces should turn bright green and begin to wilt from residual water. If leaves are dry and not wilting, sprinkle with a flick of water from your fingers. Squeeze lemon over leaves, stirring. Leaves will brown a little. This is okay.
  4. Transfer kale to a serving plate. Arrange mushrooms and garlic over leaves. Tear basil (or parsley) over mushrooms. Drizzle with white truffle oil (or walnut oil and sherry vinegar - also lovely!). Enjoy by yourself or share with other mushroom lovers.

Tags: bright, earthy, Easy, portabello mushroom, quick, savory, shiitake mushrooms

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about 4 years ago Sagegreen

I have some wonderful white anchovies that are just dying to jump into this recipe!


about 4 years ago gingerroot

I've never had white anchovies but after reading a description of them, they sound delicious. Thanks, Sagegreen, let me know how it turns out!


about 4 years ago Sagegreen

This was really great. I think that I would add the white anchovies later to the salad though. This has inspired me to create another salad which I will post not for any contest.


almost 4 years ago gingerroot

So happy you enjoyed it, Sagegreen! Thanks for letting me know. I'm keeping an eye out for your salad and will have to look for white anchovies at the market.


about 4 years ago TiggyBee

I'm adoring this salad. Thanks!!


about 4 years ago gingerroot

Thanks TiggyBee! Hope you try it.


about 4 years ago wssmom

I love the anchovies! Now I must find some truffle oil ....


about 4 years ago gingerroot

I had never had truffle oil before...oh my, it is so fragrant! Thanks, wssmom!


about 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Wow, this is gorgeous! Great use of contrasting and complementary flavors.


about 4 years ago gingerroot

Thank you so much hardlikearmour!! Your comment means a lot.


about 4 years ago Burnt Offerings

Yeah, this is nice. Clean, simple, fresh with great use of flavors.


about 4 years ago gingerroot

Thanks Burnt Offerings! I wanted to boost the earthy mushroomy flavor and I think the anchovies are a good match, with the lemon and herbs to contrast.


about 4 years ago Midge

One of the best things I've ever eaten was a mushroom salad in France and I was hoping someone would post a recipe for one. This sounds great!


about 4 years ago gingerroot

Thanks so much Midge! If you try it, I'd love to hear your thoughts about it.


about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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about 4 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, mrslarkin!


about 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

This looks absolutely delicious! Love the respect for ingredients!


about 4 years ago gingerroot

Thanks so much aargersi! I have eaten it two nights in a row and wish I had more shiitake mushrooms so I could have it again tonight. Your roasted portabellas with poached eggs sound amazing.


about 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I love this. I love mushrooms too.


about 4 years ago gingerroot

Thanks drbabs! I hope you try it. : )