kale with kimchi vinaigrette + sesame croutons

kale with kimchi vinaigrette + sesame croutons

Kimchi is a fermented food that contains healthy bacteria that help promote digestive health. It’s also packed with vitamins, making it worth weaving into your diet. If you don’t think you’re a fan of kimchi, try it here in this unique dressing. Kale is now widely thought of as a green for salad, and it’s definitely one of our favorites because its sturdy leaves add great substance.

  • 1 4-inch piece day-old French bread, cut into cubes
  • 8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sesame oil, divided
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup kimchi (with liquid), plus extra for serving
  • 2-3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 bunch curly kale, stemmed, washed, dried, and roughly chopped
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Place bread cubes on a baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon sesame oil, and season with salt and pepper. Gently toss to coat completely. Toast in oven until golden brown, 5-10 minutes, turning once or twice to brown on several sides. Remove and set aside. Once cooled, chop up cubes into smaller crumb-like pieces (or transfer to a food processor).
  3. Make vinaigrette. In a food processor, combine kimchi, 2 tablespoons vinegar, mustard, 6 tablespoons olive oil and remaining 1 teaspoon sesame oil and season with salt and pepper. Process until combined (vinaigrette will be thick and still a little chunky). Taste and adjust flavor, adding additional 1 tablespoon vinegar if desired.
  4. Place kale in a large bowl and, using your hands, massage it with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil until well coated. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes until kale is slightly wilted. 
  5. Divide kale among serving bowls and drizzle each with kimchi vinaigrette. Top each with additional kimchi (to taste), followed by breadcrumbs and sesame seeds and serve.

Serves 4.

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