November 14, 2016 8

Kale Salad with Pumpkin Seed Dukkah + scenes from the great big harvest!

Vegan, nut-free pumpkin seed dukkah.

Kale Salad with Pumpkin Seed Dukkah | A simple kale salad with lemony vinaigrette and nut-free crunchy pumpkin seed dukkah. Perfect for the fall and your Thanksgiving table.
Regardless of your political stance and affiliation, I think we can agree that our lives are filled with a substantial amount of uncertainty right now. And it would be unlike me not to mention that I’m deeply struggling to unpack the layers of the election results.

The past six days I’ve sat with my anger.

Wallowed in self-pity.

Used the f word continuously.

Drank bourbon in the afternoon.

Cried so many tears.

Exhausted all the feelings.

Kale Salad with Pumpkin Seed Dukkah | A simple kale salad with lemony vinaigrette and nut-free crunchy pumpkin seed dukkah. Perfect for the fall and your Thanksgiving table. Kale Salad with Pumpkin Seed Dukkah | A simple kale salad with lemony vinaigrette and nut-free crunchy pumpkin seed dukkah. Perfect for the fall and your Thanksgiving table. Kale Salad with Pumpkin Seed Dukkah | A simple kale salad with lemony vinaigrette and nut-free crunchy pumpkin seed dukkah. Perfect for the fall and your Thanksgiving table. Kale Salad with Pumpkin Seed Dukkah | A simple kale salad with lemony vinaigrette and nut-free crunchy pumpkin seed dukkah. Perfect for the fall and your Thanksgiving table.

Today I’m done being emotional about it. And that doesn’t make me any less angry or afraid or unsure. But I’ve given myself the proper time to feel, and now I’m ready to move on and fight with all I got to protect each other, and our Earth.

With hope.

With compassion.

With empathy.

With understanding.

And with love.

So. Let’s talk about food. Last week I cooked for thirty-three beautiful humans at my fall pop-up, The Great Big Harvest held at Element. It was an awesome feast thanks to my farmers at Bohlen Family Farms, the brewers at Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, my tofu dealer at Mofu, my support staff {Zach/Lisa/Jamie I love you!} and especially chef Josh Charles for your time and energy.

And to Christina Lane who helped me take beautiful images throughout the night when I couldn’t. I mega-heart you friend.

The Great Big Harvest | Autumnal, fall, Thanksgiving tablescape inspiration.Photo by Christina Lane

The Great Big Harvest | Autumnal, fall, Thanksgiving tablescape inspiration.Photo by Christina Lane

The Great Big Harvest | Autumnal, fall, Thanksgiving tablescape inspiration.

The menu {shared below} was an over-the-top autumnal celebration. The kale salad with pumpkin seed dukkah was my personal favorite of the night. Light and hearty, and layered with flavor. A really simple, but satisfying plate of greens and I want to share a version of it with you.

THE GREAT BIG HARVEST – November 6, 2016

The Golden Hour.
turmeric tea, sweet potato syrup, pinckney bend corn whiskey

Soup + Toast.
root vegetables, garlicky yogurt, seed loaf, sage butter

Fall Greens.
petite kale, edamame, flory’s truckle, pumpkin seed dukkah, lemon thyme dressing

The Main Thing.
pumpkin, mofu tofu, poached garlic, turmeric broth

The Last Hour.
sweet fennel + black pepper syrup, beet, big o liqueur, pickney bend gin

Final, and sweet!
braggadocio rice, black tea soaked raisins, nutmeg

p.s. My next pop-up, Winter will take place mid-January.  Tickets are yet to go on sale, but be the first to snag yours when they do by adding your name to this list.

The Great Big Harvest | Autumnal, fall, Thanksgiving tablescape inspiration.

The Great Big Harvest | Autumnal, fall, Thanksgiving tablescape inspiration.Photo by Christina Lane

The Great Big Harvest | Autumnal, fall, Thanksgiving tablescape inspiration.Photo by Christina Lane

The Great Big Harvest | Autumnal, fall, Thanksgiving tablescape inspiration.

Kale Salad with Lemony Vinaigrette + Pumpkin Seed Dukkah
 
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The pumpkin seed dukkah is adapted from Happy Hearted Kitchen. The salad recipe I shared at The Great Big Harvest had cheese in it, and you're welcome to add some to yours. A sharp, hard variety shaved thin would go best.
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Makes: 4 salads
Ingredients
  • 8 cups greens {baby kale, spinach, etc.}
  • 1 tablespoon shallots, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup pumpkin seed dukkah {see below}
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine the shallots, olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper, and whisk well.
  2. In a large bowl pour the dressing over the greens and massage with your hands lightly.
  3. Divide the greens onto 4 plates and sprinkle the dukkah over top liberally. If you're using cheese, sprinkle the shavings onto the greens last and serve.
Pumpkin Seed Dukkah
 
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Adapted from Happy Hearted Kitchen. Make ahead and/or store any extras in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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Makes: ½ cup
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup raw shelled pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup raw shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon black peppercorn
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Heat a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the pumpkin, sunflower and fennel seeds, peppercorn and thyme. Toast lightly for about 5 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, allowing their aromas to be released and remove from the heat.
  2. Combine the seed mixture with the garlic powder and salt in a food processor, and process until coarsely chopped. Some seeds will remain large and some will be small, you want this combination.

This post is in partnership with Bohlen Family Farms + Urban Chestnut Brewing Company + Mofu; thanks for supplying the beautiful produce and delicious beers!

8 Responses to "Kale Salad with Pumpkin Seed Dukkah + scenes from the great big harvest!"

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    Kati | black.white.vivid.

    November 15, 2016 at 12:49 AM

    Beautiful post, and recipe. I agree with all you say. Let’s move on and approach this world and each other with more love, compassion and empathy. x Kati

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      Sherrie

      December 12, 2016 at 1:50 PM

      Big hearts, Kati. xx

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    Abby @ Heart of a Baker

    November 15, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Dang, this is just too gorgeous! I feel all the feelings too and have taken last week to process and be sad/angry/upset about this. This week is about WORK and getting shit done. I swear I’m going to make it to a pop-up next year, if only I wasn’t in Denver that weekend in January! It seems like you are doing them every couple of months, right? I’m just going to go ahead and block off all of March now so I can be sure I’ll make it :)

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      Sherrie

      December 12, 2016 at 1:51 PM

      One of these days you’ll make it. And yes – an Early Spring pop-up is planned tentatively for March. SEE YOU THERE, xx.

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    Pure Ella

    November 15, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Love this! So gorgeous and you are so multi-talented friend. Sending you big hugs and hope for a brighter peaceful future.

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    Sophie MacKenzie

    November 17, 2016 at 1:06 AM

    I adore this post! You’re such a bad-ass boss lady!!! I seriously long for the day when I can make it to one of your stunning pop-up and eat your amazing food. That’s the stuff of dreams right there. We’re also in the need for a new batch of dukkah and I think I’ve found the one <3

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    Julia @ HappyFoods Tube

    November 17, 2016 at 6:16 AM

    Beautiful post, photos and the menu sounds so delicious! I am not from the US but I we all watched the election results. It looks scary all right, many of us couldn’t believe it. I hope it will turn out well at the end. Fingers crossed!

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    amanda paa

    November 17, 2016 at 6:41 AM

    I’m going to make it to one of these pops-ups, you can count out on it. Beautiful as always, and looked liked a really, really cool setting. I dream of that tofu/pumpkin main dish! And love the simplicity of the salad, yet creative pumpkin seed dukkah. Your guests were lucky people. xo

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