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Secret Recipe: Americano's Kale Salad

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Baby Lacinato Kale and Roasted Butternut Salad

Serves 4

Egg and lemon dressing:

5 large eggs, hard boiled, passed through grater

1/2 bunch chives

1 tablespoon fish sauce

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 lemons, zested

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/2 clove garlic, microplaned

Salt and fresh cracked pepper

1. Combine all ingredients and season well with salt and pepper.

Butternut Squash

1 small butternut squash, peeled and seeded, cut into 1-inch cubes

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1. Coat butternut squash cubes with olive oil.

2. Season with salt and pepper, and roast in oven at 400 degrees until tender.

Spiced nuts:

1 tablespoon cumin, toasted and ground

1 tablespoon coriander, toasted and ground

1/4 cup pepitas

1/4 cup pinenuts

1. Toast pepitas and pine nuts in sauté pan with olive oil and salt.

2. Add spice mix to both pans, then combine the seeds with the nuts.

Kale salad:

12 ounces baby lacinato kale

1/2 cup Pecorino or Parmesan, grated

1. Wash the baby kale and spin dry. If it is a little more mature, then strip the leaves from the spine.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine the kale, butternut squash, and dressing.

3. Mix well to coat all the leaves, and plate.

4. Garnish with toasted seeds and grated cheese.