Broccoli Matchsticks and Kale Salad
© Chris Court

Broccoli Matchsticks and Kale Salad

  • SERVINGS: 4 to 5

This delicious, healthy salad makes use of sweet broccoli stems.

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  1. 1 pound kale, stems and inner ribs removed and leaves thinly sliced
  2. 3 broccoli stems, peeled and julienned (1 cup)
  3. Salt
  4. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  5. 2 leeks, white and tender green parts only, thinly sliced
  6. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  7. 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  8. Freshly ground pepper
  9. 1/2 cup coarsely shredded fresh Pecorino Romano or Manchego cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the hazelnuts in a pie plate and toast for about 13 minutes, or until the skins blister and the nuts are golden. Transfer to a kitchen towel and let cool. Rub off the skins and chop the nuts.
  2. Put the kale and broccoli stems in a bowl and season with salt. Using your hands, squeeze the vegetables to soften them slightly.
  3. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the leeks and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the kale and broccoli and let stand for 2 minutes. Toss well to coat. Add the cheese and hazelnuts and season with pepper; toss again. Serve right away.