Massaged Curly Kale Salad with Pecan Crusted Chicken by Lisa Roukin

Lisa will be presenting recipes low in refined sugar at this year’s Gefiltefest.

Massaged Curly Kale Salad

Serves 4
2 chicken breasts
200g curly kale
150g pecans, crushed
120g tenderstem broccoli
2 avocadoes, cubed
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. maple or agave nectar
½ lemon, juice
harissa or paprika
garlic granules
sea salt  and white pepper

3 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. maple syrup or agave nectar
1 tsp. mustard
sea salt and black pepper

Preparation time,30 mins, Cooking time, 20-25 mins
Pre-heat the oven to 400°F / gas mark 6 / 200°C (180°C fan-assisted).
Place the pecans into a food bag; bash the pecans with a rolling pin until roughly crushed into small pieces.
Beat the egg and season with white pepper, harissa or paprika, sea salt, garlic granules and 1 tsp. maple syrup or agave nectar and mix together.
Wrap the chicken in cling film and bash it with a rolling pin. Once flattened, dip into the egg mixture and then into the pecans and place on a baking tray pre-lined with baking parchment or silicone baking mat and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, 10 minutes on each side. Once ready, take it out of the oven and leave to cool until ready to add to the salad.
Whilst the chicken is in the oven, bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the broccoli for 5 minutes and then immerse in cold water to stop the cooking process.
Wash and discard the stalks of the curly kale, pat dry and place in a bowl. Add the juice of half a lemon to the kale, couple of pinches of sea salt then massage the kale for about 3 minutes, removing any tough stalks you may come across whilst massaging the kale.
Remove the end of the stalks from the broccoli and chop into 1 inch pieces and add to the kale.
To make the dressing, add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix together.
Cube the avocado and add it to the kale then add the dressing and fold it all in together.
Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and lightly toss together with the salad.
Serve on a large platter and leave it to sit for an hour so the flavours can infuse into the kale.
Kale is low in calorie, high in fibre, filled with vitamins, folate and magnesium when using it raw in a salad, make sure that you massage the kale to soften it, to break down the fibrous part of the kale. This is a great dish to make for a quick lunch with friends. Instead of croutons, what I like to is roast some cauliflower and add it on top.