Kale & Rice Salad w/ Avocado & Salmon (GF)

No, no, no, don’t be all ‘That tough, leafy green stuff? Kale no’!

This Kale & rice salad may have humble beginnings (being made up of what was left over in the fridge) but it seriously is one of the best things I’ve had for lunch in a long time (possibly ever).

Kale & rice salad with avocado & salmon | Cake + Whisky

Naturally gluten-free, it’s a marriage of savoury, nutty, crunchy, creamy (…) flavours, all coming together in a symphony of colour.

Kale & rice salad with avocado & salmon | Cake + Whisky

Fresh, satisfying, incredibly beautiful and unbelievably simple, I promise you’ll be screaming ‘Kale yeah’ after the first bite!

Kale & rice salad with avocado & salmon | Cake + Whisky
Kale & Rice Salad w/ Avocado & Salmon (serves 2, GF)
Ingredients:
  • a big handful basmati or wild rice
  • 2 big handfuls of raw kale, stalks removed, well washed and pat dried
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 big slices smoked salmon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • a few dashes Tabasco
  • black sesame seeds and sliced spring onion to garnish
  • salt flakes, black pepper
Method:

1. Cook the rice according to packaging, then drain well and set aside to cool.

2. Place the kale, 1/2 tbsp of sesame oil and a good pinch of salt into a big bowl and massage for a few minutes. Add in the cooled rice and mix well, then share between two bowls or plates.

3. Make the dressing: In a small, clean jar, pour the lemon juice, Tabasco and remaining sesame oil. Put the lid on and shake vigorously until well combined. Taste-test and season accordingly with salt and pepper.

4. Peel, half, pit and slice the avocado. Use kitchen scissors to cut the smoked salmon into bite-sized pieces. Place both the avocado and salmon on top of the kale & rice salad.

5. Top with the dressing and garnish with black sesame seeds and sliced spring onion right before serving.

Kale & Rice Salad w/ Avocado & Salmon (GF)

Giving thanks (and food) with #tub4grub

Friends that are there when things are not quite as fun/easy/good as they usually are.

A partner that takes care of you when you stuck in bed with the flu.

A colleague that always has your back (and a sneaky bar of chocolate in his/her drawer for when nothing else will do).

A neighbour that’s always happy to keep an eye on your little ones when you need to pop to the store.

A concierge that makes sure none of your parcels ever get send back to the post office.

Nice, kind, supportive people all around.

We all have a lot to be thankful for, but in the rush of life, giving thanks can be a challenge.

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I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but there’s something about the message behind this typically American holiday that deeply touches me. Giving thanks & giving back is something we should all do more of.

And what better to show gratitude than the gift of homemade, yummy food?

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I know nothing makes me happier, especially when one of my favourite brands does all the hard work and the whole thing results in a massive good deep for Action Against Hunger…

Sounds like the most brilliant way to spread love & give thanks (and cookies) to me!

Want to join in?

First off, treat yourself to some of The Collective Dairy’s fantastic yoghurt!

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There are many fantastic flavours to choose from, ranging from super creamy plain yoghurt to more unusual, gorgeous combinations such as honeyed plums & ginger, rhubarb & vanilla or even Russian fudge or coffee, so that part really shouldn’t be too hard!

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One empty, peel off the label.

Giving thanks & food with The Collective Dairy's #tub4grub

Then fill your (clean) tub with yummy grub.

You could go for the world’s best brownies, a festive saladcake, or soup of course, but I thought something green & wholesome would go down well to balance out all the sugar, so I made a big batch of kale crisps.

Giving thanks & food with The Collective Dairy's #tub4grub

The recipe’s below, it’s the quickest, easiest and yummiest thing ever & I promise it’ll turn even the most cabbage-resistant people into kale lovers.

All you have to do is wash & dry a big bunch of kale, then separate the leaves from the stalks. Massage with a spoonful of olive oil, then spread onto a baking tray. Sprinkle with salt and your favourite spices (I love using chilli flakes, lemon zest and maybe a little bit of parmesan), then bake for 10 min at 200°C. Let it cool down a bit before packing into tubs.

Giving thanks & food with The Collective Dairy's #tub4grub

Personalise your tub…

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Then give it away & make someone’s day!

And make sure you share your good deep on social media using the hashtag #tub4grub: The Collective Dairy will donate an extra 50p to Action Against Hunger on your behalf!

Eat it, make it, fill it, give it, share it, repeat! Happy #tub4grub-ing!

 

Giving thanks (and food) with #tub4grub