March 27, 2012

Brussels sprouts, kale and brown rice salad with goji berries and miso tahini dressing

I was tempted to call this dish "a super salad", but seeing that my previous post was called "Super toasted muesli", I figured I should leave the "super" part out and come up with something else. I decided to call it what it is - new season Brussels sprouts, fabulously fresh Australian-grown organic brown rice, gorgeous kale and goji berries drizzled with delicious miso-tahini dressing. 

I am so happy with this combination of seasonal ingredients! I threw in the goji berries for colour and good measure, but they actually bring another layer of texture in this dish. The creamy miso-tahini dressing is a must and do go quite liberal with it, too.

I need to say a word about this rice. I bought a bag of long-grain brown rice from the local farmers' markets on Sunday. This rice, grown a mere 600 kilometres from Sydney (and this really is a mere distance in the Australian scale), on a relatively small organic farm is superior to any other rice I've ever eaten. Fair enough, one kilo of this rice cost me $10, but in my opinion, supporting a small farmer and getting a guaranteed fresh produce (this rice was milled just last week) is worth every penny. On a curious note, have a listen to this radio interview with Peter Randall, the rice grower I met at the markets

Brussels sprouts, kale and brown rice salad with goji berries and miso-tahini dressing
(serves 2)

10 Brussels sprouts
bunch of kale
2 green shallots
2-3 tablespoons goji berries
1 tablespoon olive oil

2 heaped tablespoons unhulled tahini
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon tamari
1 heaped teaspoon white/shiro miso
about 3 tablespoons water

1. Remove the outer leaves of the Brussels sprouts, wash and finely slice. Finely slice the shallots and roughly chop the kale. 

2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet and add in Brussels sprouts, shallots and kale. Cook, stirring, for a few minutes only. Remove from the heat, throw in the rice and the goji berries and mix to combine.

3. To make the dressing, combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk to make a smooth dressing. Add enough water for a desired consistency. Drizzle the salad with the dressing and serve warm or at room temperature.