Luscious Kale Purée

Luscious Kale Purée

This is a simple. elegant nutritious puree which is divine over pasta.  A perfect vegan weeknight or side dish.

This is one of many brilliant recipes I found in April Bloomfield’s seminal cookbook, A Girl and Her Greens: Hearty Meals from the Garden.  It is one of my favorite cookbooks.  I adore the fact that this book is jam-packed with simple, every day recipes for vegetables.  April Bloomfield’s recipes artfully highlight the inherent elegance and tastiness of veggies.

Vegetarian Cuisine

When I was younger, I went through several phases of vegetarianism.  During the first phase, I felt guilty about killing animals for food.  However, I quickly became tired of a bland diet of salads, soups, meatless quiches, and tomato sauce.

The problem wasn’t the vegetables.  It was my style of cooking.  The truth is, my vegetable repertoire was far too limited.

Later, living and working in India, I learnt that vegetarian foods could be delicious.  In fact, I enjoyed such an abundance of exquisite vegetarian dishes that there was no need to eat meat.

However, when I started experimenting with vegetarian recipes in my own kitchen, I realized that cooking vegetables is an art form.  It is challenging because meat packs a flavor punch all by itself.  Whereas, with vegetables, a cook is obliged to use cooking methods and seasonings to highlight much more subtle, yet delectable, flavors.

I suspect what holds most of us back from vegetarianism (or including more vegetables in our diets) is ignorance.  We are clueless as to how to correctly prepare and season vegetables.

Making vegetables palatable — and delicious  — doesn’t require loads of exotic seasonings.  It does, however, require a deft hand and a palate that understands and appreciates vegetables’ more subtle flavors.

A Girl and Her Greens

April Bloomfield has both.  Her recipes are simple, accessible and elegant.  This kale purée is a perfect example.  It’s a four-ingredient recipe packed with nutrition and flavor.

Luscious Kale Purée |
This silky purée is delicious with roasted vegetables, meats or pasta. A quick and easy way to dress up a simple dinner.

Today, I tossed the puree with 500 g of cooked conchiglie.  However, kale purée is so tasty on its own, that it would easily make a divine base (or condiment) for a grilled steak or lamb chop.  It would be equally delicious tossed with roasted cauliflower or potatoes.

I like to think of this sauce as “kale pesto”.  Thus, I use kale purée a lot like pesto — as a spread for sandwiches, as part of a tasty dipping sauce or vinaigrette.  It has an infinite variety of applications.  Please let me know how you enjoy it.  Bon appétit!


Kale Purée

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Jeanette Marie
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Prep Time:  10 minutes - Cook Time:  5 minutes Servings:  4

This silky, flavorful purée is deceptively simple. A delicious vegan addition to your plate. An tasty way of sprucing up pasta or roast vegetables.

  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 180 g (6 oz) kale, leaves only
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  1. Place four of the garlic cloves in a medium pot. Fill it with water, add 2 tablespoons sea salt, cover and bring to the boil over high heat. Add the kale, ensuring it is submerged. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until wilted but still bright green.
  2. Pour the contents of the pot through a strainer. Allow to drain until the kale is cool enough to handle. Squeeze out excess moisture.
  3. Add kale, cooked garlic cloves, remaining raw garlic clove, flaky sea salt and olive oil to the bowl of a food processor. Process until puree is smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  4. Toss with 500 g (1 lb) cooked pasta or cooked vegetables and serve.

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