This kale, black pudding and apple salad recipe is as indulgent as salads get with chunks of crispy fried pudding, gooey caramelised apple, celeriac crisps and of course the green machine that is kale. Nothing like the sad skimpy salads that leave you starving an hour later, if you buy into black pudding being a super food this salad has nutritional powerhouse written all over it! The best part? It is packed with seasonal ingredients so you are tasting Autumn in every bite.
– 250g kale
– Juice of half a lemon
– 2 red apples, cored and sliced
– knob of butter
– 100g celeriac
– 250g black pudding, cut into disks or slices
– 50ml extra virgin olive oil
– 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
– 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
– 1 tsp honey
– pinch of salt and cracked black pepper
– pumpkin seeds, toasted
1. Remove the thick stalks of kale (these are great roasted so do not discard) and squeeze lemon juice onto the remaining leaves. Work the lemon juice into the kale leaves with your hands for a minute or so and set aside.
2. With a mandolin or sharp knife, cut celeriac into thin slices, coat with oil and lay on a baking tray and season liberally. Place in the oven for 4-7 minutes at 200C, until the edges begin to curl and they turn slightly golden.
3. Add a drizzle of oil to a frying pan on a medium heat, fry black pudding for 2 minutes each side or until crisp. Remove from the pan and drain on kitchen paper.
4. In the same pan, add a knob of butter and add apple slices, cooking for 5 minutes and turning twice to caramelise both sides of each slice.
5. To a jar with a lid, add honey, wholegrain mustard and apple cider vinegar and stir. Add oil, place the llid on the jar and shake to emulsify. Taste and season as necessary.
6. Place all ingredients in a large salad bowl and toss with dressing, topping with toasted pumpkin seeds.
Growing up with the name Darina, I was constantly asked if I could cook like my namesake. With that(and greed) as the ultimate motivator, I realised that baked goods make excellent bribes and an obsession was born! With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law I undertook a PhD, but a preference for cookbooks to textbooks persisted. As a (self-confessed!) demon in the kitchen, I am the only person to have contested both Masterchef and the Great Irish Bake off, fuelling my desire to focus on food in a serious way. Working with TheTaste allows me to satisfy this craving and marries my food fascination with my love of writing and ranting.