Fried kale with wheatgerm, onion purée, and wild ramsons

Here’s a big and full-bodied salad with this fresh and crispy green kale. Make it the perfect celebration of spring by adding wild foraged ramsons.  


SIDE / 20 - 40 MIN / 4 PAX / EASY

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 big onions

  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 

  • 1 tsp thyme

  • 200 g green kale

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • 200 g wheat seeds

  • 1 dl dried cranberries or other fruits

  • Ramsons or onion cress

green kale

HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. Wash the seeds. If you can get your hands on whole seeds you can put them aside to germinate. It’s most easily done in a patent glass with a lid with small holes in it. Wash them every day, and turn them regularly. In 4-5 days they should be germinated. This can only be done with unpolished whole seeds.   

  2. If you don’t have time for germination, you can boil them in water for about 30 minutes. They need to be al dente and not overcooked. For this, you can also use polished seeds (like pearl spelt or pearl barley)

  3. Slice the onion finely for the purée 

  4. Heat the oil in a small saucepan and let the onions fry on medium heat. They shouldn’t take color but simply reduce. If this happens too fast they’ll be burned and bitter. We want them to stay sweet and full of umami.

  5. When the onions are soft, add vinegar, thyme, a pinch of salt, and cook it under a lid. When it’s soft, blend it into a smooth purée 

  6. Rip the green kale from the stem, and wash both. Pluck the leaves into small pieces and chop the stems into fine pieces. Slice garlic finely. 

  7. Heat up a pan with some oil. When it’s hot, add the garlic and make it sauté quickly and then add the kale. It only needs to fry shortly for it to stay crispy and green. 

  8. Chop the ramsons and onion cress and mix them in the kale alongside cranberries. 

  9. Serve it on a spread of onion purée as a full-bodied salad or to go along with a small piece of fried or grilled fish.   

 

FORAGING TIP

Ramsons: Something that is really popping in nature these days is cute and delicious ramson that will complement almost any dish with its fresh taste of garlic and sweet onion. You can find ramsons in deciduous forests and big parks and they will usually guide you by their strong smell of onion. But, be aware if it’s in a place where a lot of people are walking their dogs - you don’t want them to smell of something else ;) 

Watch how to easily forage ramsons

Onion cress: also grows on the forest floor and has a wonderful smell of onion. Harvest the small and fresh buds. Use them as they are, dry them or blend them into mayonnaise, oils, or homemade herb salt. The possibilities are endless.

 

Recipe by Emilie Qvist Kjærgaard

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