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Author Notes: A healthy bowl of textures with kale and edamame joined by smoked trout, and all enrobed
in a lemon sesame dressing.
I was inspired to create this dish after having something similar at Philip Tang’s East by Northeast in Cambridge MA. Before tasting it, I never would have thought of making a salad out of kale.
—LE BEC FIN
Lemon Sesame Mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup Hellman’s Mayonnaise
- 3-4 teaspoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons Japanese Sesame Oil (Maruhon is my favorite)
- 1/2 teaspoon Tamari ( can sub with Japanese soy sauce)
- Combine all thoroughly with a fork. Adjust seasoning.
Kale preparation and Salad assembly
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 5 ounces kale leaves (central vein removed),chopped into 1” pieces, soaked and drained
- 1 1/2 ounces shelled edamame, cooked per package instructions
- 4-5 tablespoons lemon sesame mayonnaise
- 4-6 ounces smoked trout pulled into 1/2-1" pieces
- 1 tablespoon tobiko*
- 2 teaspoons Toasted white or black sesame seeds
- optional-- cooked and drained linguini for 2
- 1/2 pound optional --prepared Lotus Root** (marinated in a sweet soy glaze)
- Heat a wok or heavy skillet (not non-stick) over highest heat til just begins to smoke. Add oil til hot enough that you cannot hold your hand over the oil. Quickly add the kale and stirfry a few minutes til tender. Transfer to a bowl and cool.
- Add edamame and dressing. Add optional pasta and more lemon mayo if needed. Refrigerate a few hours. Adjust seasoning.Add tobiko and smoked trout, stirring gently so as not to break up the smoked trout. Place in the center of a serving platter ( surround with an optional edge of overlapping lotus slices) and sprinkle salad with sesame seeds.
- Notes: If you don't have a local source for smoked trout, the Cole's canned smoked trout from Portugal is a lovely product, moist and lightly smoked.
- * Tobiko is tiny crunchy bright orange flying fish roe. They have a lovely mild taste of the sea. They are great for adding texture and as a coloful garnish.They can be found in the refrigerated or frozen section of most Asian markets.
- ** Prepared lotus root can be found at most Korean markets.It is mild flavored and has the texture of a cooked potato. Each slice looks like a brown 1/4” thick , 2-3” round doily.So pretty!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Green Stuff
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Canned Fish Recipe