Red Yam and Kale Salad

Red Yam and Kale Salad
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Red Yam and Kale Salad

Julie Platner

Red Yam and Kale Salad

Kale gets an interesting charred flavor from a quick, hot toss in a cast-iron pan. Dressed simply with extra-virgin olive oil and tossed with perfectly cooked yams, it's a hearty side dish or starter for an elegant meal.

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Ingredients

  • 4  Cups  diced red yams (about 2 yams)
  • 3  Teaspoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1/8  Teaspoon  cracked black pepper
  • 1/8  Teaspoon  cumin
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  chili powder
  • 1  Tablespoon  amber honey
  • 1/4  Cup  pepitas
  • 12  kale leaves, ribs removed (1 1/2 cups)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a bowl, toss the yams with 2 teaspoons of the oil, salt, pepper, cumin, and chili powder. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat and add the yams. Cook about 30 seconds, just jostling the yams about to and fro.

Place in the oven and cook until the yams are soft, about 20 minutes. (If you're feeling adventurous, toss that blackening pan halfway through for even cooking.)

Transfer the yams to a bowl, toss with the honey, and place the pan back onto the stove over medium heat. Do not clean or wipe the pan. Add the pepitas and toast. Remove from the heat.

Get the pan screaming hot over high heat, add the kale ribbons, and start to blacken. After 1 minute, transfer to a bowl, drizzle the remaining olive oil onto the greens, and toss.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
6g
9%
Sugar
9g
10%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
14g
11%
Protein
4g
9%
Vitamin A, RAE
13µg
2%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
39mg
52%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
5µg
6%
Calcium, Ca
50mg
5%
Choline, total
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
47µg
12%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
7mg
2%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
81mg
12%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
432mg
29%
Water
1g
0%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Yam Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Yam Cooking Tip

Different vegetables have different cooking times – cook each type separately and then combine.