Baby Artichoke & Dinosaur Kale Panzanella

By cottageindustrialist
May 7, 2010
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Author Notes: The early weeks of spring are all about artichokes for me. I can't get enough of them! And we have beautiful, locally grown dinosaur kale available here at about the same time. The two come together in this bread salad for a lovely side dish (or a light lunch). Unfortunately, I gobbled it all up before I could take pictures of the finished dish. - cottageindustrialistcottageindustrialist

Food52 Review: This is a wonderful panzanella. The oil and lemon juice make a dressing that gets soaked up by the bread, but does not weigh it down into a soggy mess. The crunchy kale is nice, but the real treat is the lemony artichokes throughout. - StephanieThe Editors

Serves: 4-6

  • 1/4 cup, plus 2T olive oil
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 pounds baby artichokes, trimmed and quartered
  • 1 bunch dinosaur kale, trimmed
  • 6 cups crusty bread, torn into bits
  • 1/2 cup pecorino romano, thinly shaved
  • 1-2 lemons
  • salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Drizzle the bread with 2 T of olive oil. Toast the bread until golden brown, 7-10 minutes. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, over med heat, sautee shallots in 2T olive oil until translucent. Add artichokes and season with salt. Pan roast for 3-4 minutes. Add the juice of half a lemon, and continue cooking, uncovered. Allow all the lemon juice to boil off, and then add another 1-2 T. Continue in this way until artichokes are cooked through but still have some tooth.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add kale, cooking for 3-4 minutes, or until tender. Drain well and set aside.
  4. Combine bread, artichokes, and kale in a large bowl. Drizzle with remaining olive oil, and add lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Let rest 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  5. Just before serving toss in the pecorino romano.

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