Mystery Dish: Kale Salad with Sesame-Lime Dressing

Kale salad is made over with a tangy and nutty sesame-lime dressing! 

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Welcome to another edition of Mystery Dish! This month, Zainab from Blahnik Baker was our host and she gave us a fabulous list to make one great dish with, including: sesame seeds, green chiles, green tea/matcha powder, cardamom, ginger, feta, lamb, pinto beans, white wine, prickly pear cactus, and apples. We were supposed to use three ingredients, and I immediately thought of a few directions I could go: an apple dessert, a Mexican dish, or something Asian-y. To me, making an apple dessert [which I'd make anyway countless times this fall] was the easy way out. So was Mexican. That left Asian. What to make, what to make. OH! Sesame. I had sesame seeds and sesame oil… and somehow made an awesome awesome kale salad that has been a constant in our fridge for the past three weeks. Seriously!

Kale Salad with Sesame-Lime Dressing | thepajamachef.com #MysteryDish

 

I would say that the dressing in all its nutty sesame, citrusy tart lime, intense fresh ginger, and salty soy is the best part of the salad. But then I’d be doing a disservice to the crunchy toasted sesame seeds [I used white AND black] and the dried sweet apples. That’d be so sad. This salad keeps well in the fridge over the course of the week. The dressing softens the kale more and more over time, and is just so fragrant and flavorful! One might think that if you’re making the salad ahead of time it would be better to add the sesame seeds and dried apples just before serving. But surprisingly the sesame seeds stay nice ‘n crisp, and the apples take on a great salty-sweet flavor once they’ve bathed in the dressing for a day or so. Obviously the ultimate choice is up to you–assuming the salad lasts long enough for leftovers–but I highly recommend just tossing it all together and enjoying dish after dish in your lunch all week long.

Kale Salad with Sesame-Lime Dressing | thepajamachef.com #MysteryDish

I’ve never had a salad I’ve had to fight Ben for…this is a first. I mean, he likes salad and kale but this kale salad is out of this world amazing! Enjoy!!

one year ago: Maple Apple Pie-Crisp with Cheddar Crust and Bacon Crumb Topping
two years ago: 1970s Style Tacos

four years ago: Sweet and Spicy Blueberry Pork

Kale Salad with Sesame-Lime Dressing

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 15 minutes
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dressing recipe from freshncrunchy

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • juice of 1 lime [approximately 1/4 cup]
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 cup dried apples, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Directions:

Wash kale, then remove thick stems and thinly slice leaves into ribbons. Dry with a salad spinner or a kitchen towel. Place in a large bowl.

In a measuring cup, combine extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, lime juice, vinegar, soy sauce, maple syrup, and ginger. Whisk to combine, then pour half the dressing over the kale. Toss together with salad tongs or your hands, and add as much of the remaining dressing as desired. For extra tender kale, massage dressing into the kale with your hands for a few minutes. Allow salad to rest for at least 10 minutes before serving to soften. Top with chopped apples.

Place sesame seeds in a cold skillet. Set on stovetop over medium heat, and toast for 3-5 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring often. Add sesame seeds to kale salad before serving.

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Come check out what else we made this month!

  1. Green Chile Chicken Soup – Chez CateyLou
  2. Crockpot Chicken Chilli Stew – Yummy Healthy Easy
  3. Spiced Apple Crisp – I Want Crazy
  4. Kale Salad with Sesame-Lime Dressing – The Pajama Chef
  5. Spiced Mini Skillet Apple Crisp – Culinary Couture
  6. Pan Seared Pork Chops with Spicy Apple Chutney – Flavor the Moments
  7. Matcha Swirl Cheesecake – Baking a Moment
  8. Green Chile Cheese Pinwheels – I Dig Pinterest.
  9. Baked Apple Donuts with Cardamom Cream Cheese Glaze – Joyful Healthy Easy
  10. Vegan Gluten-Free Ginger Walnut Apple Pie Bars – The Sweet-Tooth Life
  11. Apple Feta Salad with Toasted Sesame Seeds – The Well Floured Kitchen
  12. Apple Cardamon Crisp – Blahnik Baker
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#10DaysofTailgate: Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili

A chunky vegetarian chili loaded up with beans, veggies, and pumpkin for some velvety smooth sauce. This soup makes a ton and tastes better the second day!

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TEAR! This is my last recipe for #10DaysofTailgate. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway… there are lots of great prizes, including one from Bob’s Red Mill. You’re probably pretty familiar with Bob already, but you can check ‘em out on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram too. :) They sent me a bag of their 13 Bean Soup Mix and boy! was it good. Thanks, Bob! It had some of my favorite beans–black beans, lentils, pinto beans–along with some fun additions like black eyed peas and lima beans.

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I have a few things to admit with this recipe, guys. First, I didn’t really make it vegetarian–I used chicken broth. Oops! But you can use vegetable broth if you want… I just wanted to call it a vegetarian chili. Second, it’s not nearly as pumpkiny as I would have liked. But that’s okay–the pumpkin adds a velvety smoothness to the saucy part of the chili… that may not actually be traditional chili because it has wild rice in it. Yum. But I wanted to call it a pumpkin chili so I did. Third, it’s addictive and may cause even non-bean lovers to swoon with delight because it’s chunky, tomato-y, pumpkin-y, and delicious!

Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili | thepajamachef.com #10DaysofTailgate

Is that okay with you? Good! Go grab half the contents of your pantry, fridge, and spice cabinet and make this chili NOW. You’ll be so glad you did! It’s extra delicious with lots of melty cheese on top. Thanks, Camilla, for hosting #10DaysofTailgate! Hope y’all have enjoyed it as much as I have!

Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili | thepajamachef.com #10DaysofTailgate

four years ago: Chunky Crock Pot Applesauce

Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 3 hours + overnight soak
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups 13 bean soup mix
  • 1 – 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 – 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes in tomato juice, undrained
  • 1 – 8 ounce can tomato sauce, no salt added
  • 5 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • pinch cinnamon
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup wild rice, uncooked
  • cheese, for topping

Directions:

The night before you wish to cook, wash and sort beans to remove any small pebbles. Soak in a large bowl full of cold water. When ready to cook, drain and rinse beans.

Add all ingredients except rice and cheese to pot. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, then cook uncovered for 90 minutes. After that time, add wild rice to the pot and let simmer until beans and rice are soft.

Serve with cheese on top!

Here’s what the rest of the crew brought to the table…

Starters
BBQ Sausage & Cheese Plate by The Spiffy Cookie
Vegified Hot “Wings” by Curious Cuisiniere
Fried Polenta Cakes with Grilled Tomato and Mozzarella Salad by Love and Confections
Smoky Karma Stovetop Beans by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Dips
Chile con Queso by Sew You Think You Can Cook

Mains
Kicking Karma Veggie Fajita Pizza by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Not Ketchup Cherry Chipotle Steak Tacos by Making Miracles
BBQ Chickpea Sliders with Apple Slaw by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili by The Pajama Chef
Beef Kabobs by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Disclosure: I received a complementary bag of 13 Bean Soup Mix from Bob’s Red Mill as part of my participation in #10DaysofTailgate. I was not compensated in any way–for my time, to create a recipe, or to publish positive comments. I was not required to use these products as part of my recipe. My opinions are my own.

#10DaysofTailgate: Chipotle Mustard Pork Chops

Pork chops quickly marinated in a spicy chipotle mustard sauce are an easy and yummy weeknight dinner option!

Chipotle Mustard Pork Chops | thepajamachef.com #10DaysofTailgate

We’re in the homestretch of #10DaysofTailgate! This is my second to last recipe for this fabulous event! But you can still enter the giveaway…go here for more info asap!

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I always forget about pork chops. It’s not that we don’t like pork. When we have company over or want a dinner with loads of leftovers, I don’t hesitate to make pulled pork or carnitas. Ben’s obsessed with bacon and sausage. [True story.] But pork chops seem to sit in our freezer for.eve.r. before I make something with them. And I’m not sure why. In my opinion, they’re easier to cook than a regular old chicken breast, and they feel fancier too. But as soon as I heard about one of the sponsors for #10DaysofTailgate I KNEW I was going to be making some pork chops, because one of our sponsors is El Diablo Hot & Spicy Mustard. And mustard pork chops are amazing!! These mustards come in all sorts of fun flavors like Mango, Smoky Chipotle, and Jalapeno. I’ve already used two–Mango in an aoili for sweet potato fries [yummm!] and the Smoky Chipotle for these pork chops. Another #10DaysofTailgate sponsor came in handy for this recipe too–ThermoWorks’ ThermoPop, a pocket digital thermometer. I didn’t have a good meat thermometer before this–just a cheapo from our wedding five years ago that didn’t really work–so I’m really excited to use this thermometer in my kitchen now. :) And it’s red too! Super cute. Anyways, these pork chops were so simple and so flavorful… just a mixture of spicy mustard, apple cider vinegar, and Thai basil. I grilled them indoors because it was getting dark but they can be grilled outside too obviously. If you can’t find El Diablo, any spicy mustard plus a tablespoon of chipotle peppers will do.

Chipotle Mustard Pork Chops | thepajamachef.com #10DaysofTailgate

Thanks to El Diablo for your delicious mustards–check ‘em out on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and thank you to ThermoWorks for the fun red thermometer! They’re on Twitter and Facebook too. You can win products from both awesome companies in the giveaway. And hey, do you guys see what state my pork chop looks like??! If you say INDIANA you’re right! :) Happy Sunday!

three years ago: Butternut Squash Apple Soup
for years ago: Whole Wheat Pancakes

Chipotle Mustard Pork Chops

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 60 minutes
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Ingredients:

Directions:

In a bowl, stir together mustard, vinegar, and Thai basil. Add pork to the bowl and combine to coat. Let rest for 40 minutes. If you prefer to do this in a plastic bag, that works too.

Grill until cooked through, about 4 minutes for me on my George Foreman grill. You can also grill these outdoors if you prefer.

Here’s what the rest of the team brought to the table today…
Starters
‘Da Bears in ‘Da Blankets by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Jalapeno Popper Deviled Eggs by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Philly Cheese Steak Eggrolls by Cooking In Stilettos
Ketchup & Mustard Glazed Meatballs by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Duck Bacon, Pear, Brie Baked Wontons by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Mains
Buffalo Chicken Sliders by girlichef
Chipotle Ranch Chicken Wings by Cheese Curd In Paradise
White Chicken Chili by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Three Pepper Burgers by Eliot’s Eats
Chipotle Mustard Pork Chops by The Pajama Chef
Sides
Salads in Jars by OnTheMove-In the Galley

Disclosure: I received a complementary stash of mustard from El Diablo and a complementary Thermopop as part of my participation in #10DaysofTailgate. I was not compensated in any way–for my time, to create a recipe, or to publish positive comments. I was not required to use these products as part of my recipe. My opinions are my own.

#10DaysofTailgate: Thai Beef Skewers

A Thai-inspired grilled beef skewer recipe that couldn’t be simpler but tastes amazing! So flavorful and exotic.

Thai Beef Skewers | thepajamachef.com #10DaysofTailgate

Welcome to #10DaysofTailgate! Camilla did a great job organizing this fun event, and we have 14 amazing giveaways for you guys! So check out the giveaway here. :) September is winding down, and so is #10DaysofTailgate and the giveaway so check it out now!

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Whenever Ben and I grill–correction: whenever BEN grills and I watch–we pretty much always have the same thing: burgers. Burgers. Burgers. Delicious, but boring. We have some skewers that came with our grill tools but we’ve never used them. And we still haven’t even though we made skewers… because FireWire Grilling [check 'em out on Twitter and Facebook too] sent me some cool flexible skewers as part of #10DaysofTailgate. Thank you SO much! They are so fun to use, and easy to grill with, even on a small grill like the one we have at our apartment complex. The tips stay cool if you keep them off the grill so they’re easier to remove.

Thai Beef Skewers | thepajamachef.com #10DaysofTailgate

These skewers were SO flavorful and tender. I marinated chunks of steak in a mixture of Thai basil, rice vinegar, fish sauce, and two herbs that Gourmet Garden sent as part of #10DaysofTailgate–lemongrass and chili pepper. This was my first time using those tubes of herbs and I have to say that they were super convenient, especially for something like lemongrass that you might not normally purchase. [If you want, check 'em out on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.] While fresh herbs are definitely my first choice for seasonings, I’ll definitely consider Gourmet Garden in future! For my skewers, I added bell peppers and onions to the beef but feel free to use whatever veggies you like. :) Next time I make these skewers I’d love to add fresh mango or pineapple AND use coconut milk in the marinade instead of water. I highly suggest YOU try those additions. :) Enjoy!

Thai Beef Skewers | thepajamachef.com #10DaysofTailgate

three years ago: Honey Mint Glazed Chicken
four years ago: Citrus Tilapia

Thai Beef Skewers

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Ingredients:

  •  1 1/2 cups Thai basil – can also substitute cilantro or Italian basil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Lemongrass Paste from Gourmet Garden
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Pepper Paste from Gourmet Garden
  • 5-10 drops fish sauce
  • 3/4-1 pound steak, cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch squares
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, cut into 2 inch squares
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 2 inch squares
  • 1/2 sweet or red onion, cut into large squares

Directions:

Combine basil, water, oil, vinegar, Lemongrass paste, Chili Pepper paste, and fish sauce in a large bowl. Use immersion blender to process until smooth. A regular blender or food processor would work as well. Add steak cubes to the mixture, stirring to fully submerge. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours to marinate. After marination is complete, add steak to skewers along with bell peppers and onions. Grill over indirect heat to desired doneness, about 15-20 minutes on a charcoal grill.

If you don’t have a grill, you can try baking the skewers on a rimmed baking sheet at 375 degrees F for 20-30 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Just follow proper safety precautions such as soaking wooden skewers for 24 hours to prevent the risk of fire. I have not tried baking these, but there are lots of tutorials online on this subject.

Here’s what everyone brought to the table today…
Starters
Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos by Things I Make (for Dinner)
Cherry Chipotle Glazed Wings by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Firewired Pancetta-Wrapped Seafood by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Mains
Maize and Blue Chicken Salad by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Savory Duck Handpies by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Smokey Red Lentil Chili by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Thai Beef Skewers by The Pajama Chef
Sips
Dips
Kicked up Spinach Dip by Miss Laura’s Kitchen
Pizza Dip by Making Miracles
Sweets
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Hard Pretzels by The Spiffy Cookie

Disclosure: I received a complementary set of flexible grilling skewers from Firefire and complementary herbs from Gourmet Garden Herbs and Spices as part of my participation in #10DaysofTailgate. I was not compensated in any way–for my time, to create a recipe, or to publish positive comments. I was not required to use these products as part of my recipe. My opinions are my own.