Kale with Avocado and Pickled Red Onions

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Author Notes: Why serve this to your kids? 1) because pickled red onions, like smoked paprika, make everything better; 2) because avocado is what you give children instead of giving in to more butter please; 3) because of my self-deluded, Jenny Rosenstrach-bolstered faith that, even in our new state, kale is not a four-letter word. From Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach (Ecco, 2012)Nicholas Day

Serves 4

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1 bunch kale, washed, stems removed and chopped (8-10 cups)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 avocado, cut into chunks
  1. In a small saucepan, combine the water, red wine vinegar, sugar, and salt and bring to a boil. Add the red onion and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the onion and let cool.
  2. In a large pot of salted water, boil the kale for 2 minutes. Strain, dry, and then add to the pickled onions. Toss both with the oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and avocado.
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over 1 year ago Andreas

Made it, loved it. I upped the vinegar in the brine as I like my pickled onions to have a bit more of a bite. Also, like Sarah, I reduced the olive oil at the end as it was quite rich already.

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about 2 years ago Sarah in Texas

I made this last night and it was soooo good. The only change I made was to wilt the kale in a lidded skillet with a tablespoon or so of water instead of blanching it in a pot of boililng water. Next time I would dispense with the olive oil as it was rich enough with the avocado. Worth noting, my kid didn't like it. But he's a tough customer.

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about 2 years ago NakedBeet

Looks easy enough to fit in between coming home from work and the bedtime routine. Thanks, will give this a go!