Sizzled Basil Scallion Chopped Salad
with marinated shallots, banana peppers, and ricotta salata
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This dressing is TANGY AF. I love it. If you like vinegary, punchy flavors, you’re going to love this one. It’s a bit of a spin on an Italian chopped, but I used kale too because it’s me, Kale Me Maybe! I also used the idea of the sizzled scallions in that dip that’s going around and paired it with basil to tie in some of that Italian flavor.
If you can’t find ricotta salata, you can use feta or Parmesan. I got mine at Whole Foods if you have one near you.
Sizzled Basil Scallion Chopped Salad
Ingredients (serves 2)
2 shallots, thinly sliced
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 tsp dried oregano
Pinch of salt
Pinch of sugar
1 bunch kale, stems removed and roughly chopped
1 small head radicchio, chopped
1 12 oz jar mild banana peppers (without the liquid)
1 (14.5 oz) can chickpeas, drained
1/4 cup shaved ricotta salata
Sizzled Basil Scallion Dressing
1/4 cup olive oil
4 stalks scallion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup basil, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1. Begin by preparing the marinated shallots and salad dressing before you chop your vegetables. To prepare the marinated shallots, add the sliced shallots to a small bowl along with vinegar, oregano, salt, sugar, and pepper. Mix together, and let sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. To prepare the dressing, add scallions, basil, garlic, paprika, and crushed red pepper to a bowl. Heat up the oil on medium-high heat until it starts to sizzle (but not smoke), and pour it over the bowl of herbs. Mix together and let sit until you’re ready to use.
2. Add your chopped kale to a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil, add a pinch of salt, and massage the leaves with your hands until they’re soft and silky. Add the radicchio, banana peppers, chickpeas, marinated shallots, and ricotta salata to the bowl. Top with the basil scallion dressing, and toss. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
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Hi! I just made this. It was delish but I have a couple questions. What type of vinegar do you use for the marinated shallots? And do you put the vinegar in the salad or just pluck the shallots out? (I used white vinegar and plucked them out but not sure if that was right). Also, do you think you could skip heating up the olive oil if you made the dressing beforehand? 🤔 thanks!