Pan Roasted Mushroom Salad with Wilted Kale

April 13, 2011

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
In This Recipe


  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.

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