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Bonus Recipe: Kale and Walnut Salad

Image courtesy of @harvestgem. Thank you!

This recipe is from the 10-heart cutscene with Alex. If your character is male, he gets a linguine with mushroom cream sauce. If your character is female, she gets a kale and walnut salad. 
Difficulty: Easy, 20 minutes. Serves 4. 

-Half a bundle of kale (about 4 or 5 large leaves)
-Half a bundle of spinach (between 7-9 large leaves)
-2 carrots
-¼ of a small red onion
-¼ cup green onion, finely chopped
-¼ of a bell pepper, any colour
-Half a pear
-4 or 5 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
-¼ cup finely chopped walnuts
-¼ cup olive oil
-2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
-2 tablespoons lemon juice
-¼ teaspoon garlic powder
-Salt and pepper, to taste

Wash the spinach and kale to remove any dirt. Apparently after doing so, you’re supposed to rub the kale for 5 minutes with your hands to reduce the bitterness. I didn’t know this prior to making the salad. But it still tastes fine without doing it, so don’t worry too much about that step. 

Peel and julienne the carrots, cut the red onion into thin slivers, finely dice the bell pepper, chop the green onion, and cut the pear into thin strips. 

Combine all the vegetables into a salad bowl. I also threw in half a cob’s worth of corn, but that’s optional. 

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. The oil will try to separate a bit, don’t worry about that. Drizzle the dressing over the salad. 

Top with the Parmesan cheese and walnuts. 

I normally don’t like kale very much, but the other flavours easily overpower the bitterness with a mix of tart and some sweetness from the pear. The fresh vegetables are juicy and the walnuts add a satisfying crunch.