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This kitchen tool is the secret to a perfect salad

The humble-but-mighty mixing bowl is the star of this tasty recipe.

A kale salad topped with feta cheese, served in a white bowl and placed on a blue background. Credit: Reviewed / Tara Jacoby / Ned Baldwin

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Ned Baldwin is the chef-owner of Houseman restaurant in New York City, where he lives. Before diving into the restaurant world he studied art and philosophy at Bennington College in Vermont and earned a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Yale University. He wrote a cookbook called How to Dress an Egg and was previously chef de cuisine of Prune restaurant.


Why cook over a hot stove when you can make a meal in a simple metal mixing bowl, no heat required? One of my favorite iterations of this easy dish is a spicy, vibrant kale salad. It’s unexpected and a crowd-pleaser to boot.

I’m not fussy about the recipe, and I tend to change it a little every time, but I am fussy about the bowl in which I make it. The way I see it, a mixing bowl is a workspace, not a storage container. I like to have room to move when I make a salad and I don’t like an unwieldy bowl—what’s best here is a light, wide, unbreakable metal bowl that isn’t too deep. (Save the fancy ceramic and wood bowls for serving.)

What You Need

An illustration of a set of nesting metal mixing bowls.
Credit: Reviewed / Tara Jacoby

Nesting metal mixing bowls make for easy storage.

Ingredients:

1 bunch kale, ribs removed, leaves sliced into ½-inch ribbons
6 scallions, thinly sliced (green and white parts)
1 or 2 serrano peppers, thinly sliced (adjust the amount based on how much heat you like)
½ teaspoon salt
1 lime, juiced (for extra oomph you can also add the zest using a microplane)
2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
¾ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
½ cup crumbled feta
Optional: Roasted nuts or seeds of your choice

Tools:

Set of metal mixing bowls (like this highly rated 6-piece set)
Chef’s knife
Cutting board
Citrus juicer

Time Needed

20 minutes

Difficulty

Easy

How to make Spicy Kale Salad with Cilantro, Lime, Scallions, and Crumbled Feta

An illustration of kale, feta cheese, green onions, herbs, and olive oil.
Credit: Reviewed / Tara Jacoby

This kale salad gets its flavor from sliced jalapeños and punchy feta cheese.

Step 1: Mix the salad ingredients

Combine the kale, scallions, serrano pepper, salt, lime juice, and olive oil in a mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and leave to rest for 10 minutes while the lime juice and salt soften the kale.

Step 2: Adjust seasoning

Taste for seasoning and if necessary, add a little more salt or lime juice. Mix in the cilantro and then remove the salad to a serving plate or bowl. Finish with a generous sprinkling of the crumbled feta.

Step 3: Garnish and enjoy

I often garnish this salad with roasted nuts or seeds, so if you have some laying around the kitchen feel free to add them.

An illustration of chopped kale, sliced jalapeños, and chopped scallions in a metal mixing bowl.
Credit: Reviewed / Tara Jacoby / Ned Baldwin

Enjoy this salad straight out of the mixing bowl for lunch, or divvy it up to share at the start of a meal.

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