Why It Works
- Browning the mushrooms creates a rich, earthy flavor that contrasts well with the bright, peppery kale and zingy dressing.
- The heat of the mushrooms wilts and softens the kale slightly without needing to cook the greens.
- Hearty enough for a vegetarian lunch, it’s also a great side dish or first course.
Mushrooms are incredibly versatile. Here, we sauté them until deeply golden brown, then pair their savory flavor with hearty kale leaves and a nutty sherry vinegar dressing. It's an easy vegetarian meal in a bowl.
- 1/2 cup (120ml) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 pound (450g) assorted cultivated and/or wild mushrooms (cremini, shiitake, oyster, chanterelle, porcini, etc.), trimmed of woody stems and thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon (15g) unsalted butter
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/4 cup (60ml) dry sherry
- 4 cups (5 ounces; 140g) baby kale (or use large kale, cut out and discard the rib and finely shred the leaves)
- 3 tablespoons (45ml) sherry vinegar
- 2 teaspoons (10ml) Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons (10ml) honey
- 3 ounces (85g) fresh goat cheese, crumbled (optional)
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over high heat until shimmering. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they've released all their liquid and are browned, about 10 minutes total, reducing heat if oil starts to smoke excessively. Lower heat to medium, and stir in butter and shallots. Cook, stirring often, until butter is melted and shallots soften and turn translucent, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add sherry and cook until mostly evaporated. Remove from heat and keep warm.
In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil with the sherry vinegar, mustard, and honey. Season with salt and pepper. Alternatively, add dressing ingredients to a jar, cover, and shake until emulsified.
In a large bowl, toss kale with just enough dressing to lightly coat. Add warm mushrooms and toss again. Add more dressing, as needed, to lightly coat all ingredients. Top with goat cheese, if using, and serve. Extra dressing can be kept in the refrigerator for another use.