[Book Review] Brassicas Cookbook + Smoky Kale Salad with Egg

by Danielle Omar on June 12, 2014

Smoky Kale Salad with Egg 2

I love a good cookbook, especially one unencumbered by meat. For a plant-based eater like myself, there’s nothing better than perusing through a cookbook full of gorgeous dishes that I can actually eat! This is why I’m excited to share a new cookbook with you. Yes, it’s a veggie cookbook, but one that meat eaters will enjoy, too. Why? Because it’s chock full of recipes for what might be the hardest veggies to cook…the brassicas.

What are Brassica vegetables? They are cauliflower (my favorite), kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, leafy greens like mustard, collard, arugula, watercress, bok choy, radish, turnip and the lesser known rutabaga, kohlrabi and mizuna, just to name a few. These are the veggies my clients tell me they don’t really know how to make taste good. I can relate…I’ve never made rutabaga or kohlrabi and don’t really know how.

But now we can all get confident about cooking up the world’s healthiest vegetables! Laura Russell has written an easy to use cookbook that’s perfect for us home cooks. The recipes are smart, too. She skillfully uses cheese, dried fruit, and fat (like nuts and olives) to balance out the sometimes bitter flavor of the brassicas.

smoky kale salad with egg

I tested this delicious and super simple smoky kale salad with egg for lunch. I love the flavor from the smoked paprika and to me, kale is quite filling. I was able to whip it up pretty easily using ingredients I had on hand. I even improvised a bit to suit my tastes (and my recent obsession with pumpkin seeds).

Here’s the recipe:

Smoky Kale Salad with Toasted Almonds & Egg

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, hard boiled
  • 1 bunch kale, center rib removed, leaves finely shredded
  • 1 Tbsp sherry vinegar (I used white balsamic vinegar)
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup toasted sliced almonds (I used pumpkin seeds)

Instructions

  1. Place kale in a salad bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, paprika, salt and pepper. Add the oil and whisk to combine. Pour dressing over kale and massage into leaves until kale wilts and gets soft. Add the almonds (or pumpkin seeds) and eggs and toss again. The original recipe states to crumble the eggs into the salad, but I just placed mine on top. Taste and adjust seasonings.
http://foodconfidence.com/2014/06/12/smoky-kale-salad-brassicas-cookbook-giveaway/

All of her recipes are gluten free with vegan variations and tons of gorgeous pictures. Some other recipes I’m looking forward to trying are the Creamy Cauliflower Gratin, Greek Shaved Cabbage and Fennel Salad, Broccoli Rabe with Romesco Sauce,and the Spicy Soba with Wilted Watercress.  Is your mouth watering yet?

I want you to make these recipes too, that’s why I’m hooking you up with a chance to win this fabulous cookbook!  Enter below for a chance to win a copy of Brassicas by Laura Russell.  Here’s how to enter:

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This giveaway ends Monday, June 16th at noon Eastern Time.  Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the Brassicas Cookbook. 

Danielle Omar

Owner, Registered Dietitian at Danielle Omar Nutrition
Danielle creates personal eating strategies for busy men and women through individual nutrition counseling, cooking classes and digital programs. She inspires working parents, busy families, and stressed out professionals to change the way they think about food. Danielle is also a cookbook author, nutrition and culinary spokesperson, and recipe developer. Click here to sign up for her Confident Kitchen newsletter.

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1 Kimmoy June 12, 2014 at 12:12 pm

This looks good! I love kale so I gotta try this recipe. I eat 4 servings of veggies a day and could stand to try some new recipes with this cookbook :)

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2 Kimmoy June 12, 2014 at 12:16 pm
3 Mina Fies June 12, 2014 at 12:16 pm

I always struggle with making these types of veggies taste good (I’ve actually stopped trying!) Thanks for exposing us to these incredible resources!

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4 Amanda Moran June 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

All looks yummy!!!!!

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5 Isabelle Stamper June 12, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Kale because it’s hard to find here!

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6 Kathleen Newbern June 12, 2014 at 1:23 pm

How many servings does this make? One bunch of kale sounds like a lot for just one serving. Did you use the flat kale?

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7 Kathleen Newbern June 12, 2014 at 1:25 pm
8 Craig Froman June 12, 2014 at 1:40 pm
9 Whitney Clayton June 12, 2014 at 1:49 pm

I made a delicious breakfast the other day with sauteed kale and 2 eggs over easy and topped it with your Salad Swag. It was amazing. I can’t wait to try more kale and egg recipes and I love that this cookbook is GF! That is usually the hardest part for me with “vegetarian” cookbooks…so much pasta and stuff I can’t have.

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10 Erin G. June 12, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Always looking for new methods for cooking these veggies!

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11 Whitney Clayton June 12, 2014 at 1:54 pm
12 Mina Fies June 12, 2014 at 1:56 pm
13 JoeyfromSC June 12, 2014 at 10:53 am

Cabbage.. yum! !

I would love to win the cookbook.. thank you for the chance!

Joey J.

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14 JoeyfromSC June 12, 2014 at 10:56 am
15 Tracy June 12, 2014 at 11:00 am

I need this book! I find I fall back (far to often) on the same means of cooking these veggies. Would LOVE the fresh inspiration for some new ways to eat the brassica vegetables!

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16 Christine June 12, 2014 at 11:10 am

Looks teriffic! Christine

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17 liz June 12, 2014 at 11:41 am

looks great

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18 Erin June 12, 2014 at 11:59 am

This recipe looks super yummy Danielle! What are your thoughts on eating raw kale for someone with Hashimotos/hypothyroidism?

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19 Melanie Potock June 12, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Cauliflower au Gratin in this cookbook is amazing!!!!

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20 stacey June 12, 2014 at 11:46 pm

my faves are cauliflower, arugula and bok choy! thanks for the chance to win this great cookbook.

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/348888302356053137/

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21 Sara June 13, 2014 at 6:25 am

I’d love a chance to win this – being a complete brassica lover. However, I usually cook mine – I think I’d steam or even throw leaves on the grill to wilt first. Yum.
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/57491332718531509/

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22 Colleen C. June 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm

I love that this salad looks easy to make. Great for a quick weeknight dinner!

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23 Colleen C. June 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm
24 janet criswell June 16, 2014 at 1:11 am

I can’t wait to try this kale recipe!!

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25 Amanda June 16, 2014 at 11:48 am

I love brassicas!!! Making this salad with the last of my garden kale!

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26 JoeyfromSC June 16, 2014 at 5:18 pm

I’m thrilled that I won! Thank you!

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27 Kathleen Newbern July 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm

I made this again yesterday, and it was love at first bite. The first time I made it, I didn’t have sherry vinegar. I subbed rice wine vinegar, but do not recommend it. The salad was ho-hum. This time I used sherry vinegar and upped the paprika to 3/4 teaspoon. It was so good! I also topped it with tuna instead of hard-boiled egg. I’m starting to think of other combinations starting with that the base of smoky paprika kale. I think this is going to be in regular rotation for my lunches.

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28 Danielle Omar July 11, 2014 at 8:23 am

Isn’t it amazing what vinegar can do? It’s an under-appreciated condiment for sure!

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