Fruity brunch bowl with kale, tamari tofu and cannellini mint dip
During my last visit to London I met up with my dear friend, and big source of inspiration, Kimberly. She is an amazing prop stylist, food photographer and food blogger from London who I actually met through Instagram some time back. We had been following each others foodie journeys via Instagram for some time and then last autumn when I was in London we met up and attended a supper club hosted by Uyen Luu together with a couple of friends. I absolutely love how social communities like Instagram can bring people together. With an open mind you can meet the most interesting and kind people who share the same passions as you - all over the world! Anyway, this supper club that we went to on our first friend date really is a must do if you're in London and are looking for a really cool and delicious food experience!
Back to the story about the recipe below. During my last visit Kimberly and I spent a day at her place cooking and chatting about what's inspiring us, the food styling business and exciting projects. And this is delicious salad bowl pictured above is what I made us for lunch. It's the perfect brunch, lunch AND light dinner dish. Perfect for any occasion really. It has got all the elements I'm looking for in a complete dish. Other than being full of nutritious plant based goodies it contains lots of different textures (creamy white bean mint dip/crunchy walnuts), flavours (sweet grape fruit/spicy tofu) and cooking methods (massaged raw kale/baked plum tomatoes).
It might sound like a lot of work, but it really isn't. Plus, most components in this salad bowl is something you could actually prepare in advance - or they take no time at all to prepare (like the massaged kale for instance. 2 minutes massaging work. 10 minutes rest. Ready to eat!). The white bean dip and the semi dried tomatoes for example is something that you could easily make a few days before and store in your fridge. And oh, you might want to double the recipe in case you make them in advance, since there is a chance you'll have eaten it all up before it's Saturday and you're about to make you weekend brunch bowl...
And one last tips. I made these salads without any grains at all, primarily because we were talking so much I forgot to cook any. Anyway, add 4 dl cooked grains of your choice (durrah, quinoa or buckwheat are a few favorites) for an even more filling dish.
NOW, lets cook!
Fruity brunch bowl w kale, tamari tofu and white bean mint dip
Makes 4 bowls
270 grams firm tofu
3 tbsp tamari
1 tsp paprika powder
250 grams plum tomatoes
100 grams curly kale
250 grams sprouted broccoli
50 g cress, or mixed leafy greens
2 tbsp cold pressed olive oil
2 cold pressed coconut oil for frying
2 tsp sesame oil
flaky sea salt
White bean mint dip
1 can pre cooked canellini beans (about 230 g)
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 organic lemon, juice + zest
1 handful of fresh mint
2-3 tbsp water
flaky sea salt + freshly ground black pepper
40 g walnuts
fresh herbs (mint, parsley)
Drain the tofu well and wrap in layers of kitchen roll. Then place in between two chopping boards and put something heavy on top. This is to press out all the excess water so you get a really firm tofu, which will then soak up all the flavours it will be mixed with really well. Let sit for at least 15 minutes, but the longer the better. Cut the tofu in smaller pieces. Whisk together tamari and paprika powder, and pour over the tofu. Let marinate for at least 15 minutes.
Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Wash and cut the tomatos in half. Place in an ovenproof dish, drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, until the tomatoes are semi dried and a bit crispy around the edges. Let cool.
Massage the curly kale with 1 tbsp olive oil and a pinch of salt until soft and ”tender”. Put aside while preparing the rest of the salad. Steam the sprouted broccoli for about 3 minutes. Peel and fillet the grape fruit. Halve, peel and pit the avocado. Tear it in to smaller pieces. Drizzle with a bit of lemon juice.
Rinse and drain the cannellini beans. Mix all the ingredients for the dip, except the mint, until creamy using a hand blender. Add the mint and pulse a few times. Salt and pepper to taste. You might want to add a bit more water to ger your desired dip texture.
Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan and fry the tofu until golden and crisp. Remove from heat. Drizzle with sesame oil (optional).
Portion the bean dip in to 4 wide bowls, make a pretty swirl on one side using a spoon. Toss the kale, broccoli, tomatos, avocado and cress together carefully and divide in to the bowls. Topp with the tofu and sprinkle with walnuts and fresh herbs.