Gnocchi Salad with wilted Kale and Leeks

Gnocchi Salad with wilted Kale and LeeksGnocchi, the humble potato dumpling takes on new salad life when texturized with

wilted greens and crunchy raw vegetables; dressed with sherry vinegar, olive oil and

Tuscan spices; zapped with Mediterranean artichokes and kalamata olives then

garnished with slices of healthy avocado! My Gnocchi Salad with wilted Kale and Leeks

is outstanding with a simple roasted pork or chicken and fabulous with a light red or

crisp white wine. Full of flavor, texture and nutrition, my Gnocchi Salad with wilted Kale

and Leeks will easily become a favorite “go to” recipe and a dish you will make time and

again! I promise!!

 

1 16 ounce package gnocchi, cooked al dente, rinsed and cooled

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 organic leek, white and green parts, chopped

1/2 bunch organic Tuscan kale, ribbed and sliced thin

Several baby bell peppers, various colors, sliced

1/2 red onion, sliced thin

1/2 pint organic grape tomatoes, leave whole

1/2 Kirby or Persian cucumber, chopped

1 cup chopped organic celery

1 bunch organic flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

1 jar marinated quartered artichoke hearts, drained

1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives

1 tablespoon Tuscan spice blend, Victoria’s Gourmet is good

Freshly ground salt and pepper

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup Spanish sherry vinegar

1 avocado, sliced thin

Dash of smoked paprika

Bring gnocchi to boil in salted water, drain and set aside to cool

In a small fry pan, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil on medium high

Add the leeks and kale, stir fry for 3 minutes( leeks will brown and kale will wilt)

Remove from heat and leave in pan to cool slightly

In a large mixing bowl combine the gnocchi, kale and leek mixture and toss

Add all the raw vegetables and toss gently

Add the seasonings, artichokes and olives, toss gently

Transfer salad to a serving platter

Garnish with avocado slices and sprinkle with smoked paprika

Serve with a roasted entrée such as pork or chicken

Enjoy with a dry red or white wine! Enjoy!