Warm Balsamic Kale, Mushroom, and Pepper Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts

This salad that I found on Pinch of Yum is the perfect Autumn salad. Healthy, warm, comforting, and delicious. I sautéed some onion, mushrooms, and bell peppers until tender then added garlic, kale, and balsamic vinegar. I topped the whole thing off with shaved Parmesan. This salad was not only beautiful it was tasty too. I can pretty much get my kids to eat ANY vegetable if it’s smothered in balsamic vinegar and this salad was no exception. My daughter ate hers with no urging but my son was a little more reluctant until we put more vinegar on top. My husband and I both really loved it and thought it paired nicely with the Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta and Balsamic Vinegar.

Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the crushed red pepper flakes, onion, bell peppers, and mushrooms then cook, stirring occasionally, for 6-7 minutes, until tender. Add the minced garlic, kale, and balsamic vinegar. Toss until coated and the kale has wilted, about 2-3 minutes. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Serve immediately topped with toasted pine nuts, shaved Parmesan, and additional balsamic vinegar if desired.

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Warm Balsamic Kale, Mushroom, and Pepper Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts

Yield: 4

Total Time: 10 min.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil
Dash of crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
1 baby red bell pepper, diced
1 baby yellow bell pepper, diced
1 cup of mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 cups of kale, stems removed and chopped
1-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, more if desired
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 tbsp toasted pine nuts
Shaved Parmesan, to taste

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the crushed red pepper flakes, onion, bell peppers, and mushrooms then cook, stirring occasionally, for 6-7 minutes, until tender. Add the minced garlic, kale, and balsamic vinegar. Toss until coated and the kale has wilted, about 2-3 minutes. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Serve immediately topped with toasted pine nuts, shaved Parmesan, and additional balsamic vinegar if desired.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe inspired by Pinch of Yum

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16 Responses to “Warm Balsamic Kale, Mushroom, and Pepper Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts”

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — October 16, 2013 @ 10:30 pm

    Perfect garden salad, thanks for this recipe!

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — October 16, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    What a pretty salad Pam! Love the color and texture here. I’ll try anything with mushrooms in it. YUM!

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    Coleens Recipes — October 17, 2013 @ 2:11 am

    Looks delicious, how colorful (and what a GREAT photo).

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    lenia — October 17, 2013 @ 3:23 am

    I am drooling!This salad is calling my name!
    Kisses!

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    Blond Duck — October 17, 2013 @ 3:49 am

    I’m still nervous about kale.

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    Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness — October 17, 2013 @ 4:56 am

    This salad looks wonderful.

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    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com — October 17, 2013 @ 6:04 am

    I love seeing salad recipes in the fall – so super glad to have stumbled by your blog and seen this!

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    vanillasugarblog — October 17, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    pam I just wanted to say “thank you” for your comments at my blog. you always make me feel like a rockstar.
    thank you darling!!

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    Trish — October 17, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    You always make me hungry :) And I STILL have not tried kale. I’m so used to buying the same old stuff I always forget to grab some and try it. I’m writing myself a note. I’m getting kale the next time I go to the store!

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    Marjie — October 17, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    Colorful veggies are always good for our fussy eaters. This does look like a perfect autumn salad!

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    Jovina Coughlin — October 17, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

    Great way to give kale some complexity.

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    wizzy — October 17, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

    Also on a bit of a salad kick around here lately. Kale is quite new to me. Looks like something I would love to try.

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    Joanne — October 17, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

    Salads like this with lots of mix-ins are my favorite!!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — October 19, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    Such a colourful and delicious salad!

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    Peggy Recker — October 20, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    This sounds wonderful.

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    Alexandria Snyder — February 23, 2014 @ 4:38 am

    I came across your recipe when I googled kale recipe. My husband who is not big fan of kale and other ‘bitter greens’ liked it !!! Thank you for the recipe.

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