Layered with yogurt and homemade tahini, this sautéed-kale salad takes inspiration from creamed spinach, according to its creators, Nick Balla and Cortney Burns, of San Francisco’s Bar Tartine, which serves eclectic Eastern European cuisine. “The rye and toasted seeds lend texture, making the dish a meal,” says Balla.
Total time: 1 hourPrep time: 10 minutesCooking time: 40 minutes, plus 10 minutes to cool
3 garlic cloves6 tbsp unfiltered grape-seed oil, divided, plus more for drizzling1 cup plus 2 tbsp roasted sunflower seeds, divided1 tbsp garam masala¼ green serrano pepper1½ tsp lemon juice2 tsp honey, divided1 tsp Kosher salt1 lb. kale, stems removed and leaves torn into 1"– 2" pieces8 oz. dark rye bread, crusts discarded, torn into bite-size pieces1 cup Greek-style yogurt2 tsp distilled vinegar4 eggs1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted1 tbsp shelled pumpkin seeds, toasted1 tbsp golden flaxseedsFreshly ground black pepperFor tahini:
1. In a small saucepan, combine garlic and 4 tbsp oil over very low heat; cook until cloves are soft, about 30 minutes. Let cool and transfer garlic and oil to a blender.2. Add 1 cup sunflower seeds, garam masala, pepper, lemon juice, 1 tsp honey, and 1 tsp salt; pulse on high speed at intervals of 15 seconds, stopping to scrape the sides of the blender, until tahini is slightly thinner than peanut butter. Add 1 tbsp warm water if too thick.3. Refrigerate immediately. (Tahini can be made up to 4 weeks in advance and refrigerated in an airtight container. Bring to room temperature before using.)For kale:
1. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat until very hot.2. Add 2 tbsp oil and kale; season with salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until kale begins to wilt, about 1 minute. Add 2 tbsp water and bread, tossing to warm the bread, for about 15 seconds.For yogurt:
In a small bowl, combine yogurt, 1 tsp honey, and salt; stir.For poached eggs:
1. Fill a medium pot with 2 inches of water. Add vinegar and bring to a boil. Crack 1 egg into a small cup and sprinkle yolk with salt.2. Swirl water to form a whirlpool and gently slide egg into the center. Repeat with remaining eggs.3. Bring water to a simmer, cover the pot, and turn off heat. Let eggs sit in hot water for 5 minutes.4. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon.To assemble:
1. Spread tahini in a large circle on four plates and spoon yogurt on top.2. Distribute kale over yogurt and top with a poached egg.3. Garnish with remaining seeds and a drizzle of oil. Season generously with pepper. Serve immediately.Want more sublime summer salad recipes? Pick up the August issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download now.