Thursday, September 18, 2014

Grilled Salmon and Kale Chips

Sweet and salty kale chips are a unique and healthy accompaniment to rich salmon fillets.  Perfect any time of the year, but especially good now as the summer wanes and the fall approaches.  Sit on the deck or patio and enjoy a nice glass of wine while you dine.  This recipe is a family favorite – and you can never make enough kale chips.




For the kale chips:
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp agave nectar
1 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 – 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (we use the minimum or less to make it less spicy)
1 medium bunch kale (12 oz.), washed, stemmed and chopped into 1” pieces

* We always double the kale chips – as I said for our family there can never be enough

For the salmon:
Salmon fillets (6-8 oz. each)
Olive oil
Fresh parsley, washed and finely chopped
Sea salt
Fresh cracked black pepper, if desired

* There endless recipes for grilling salmon, pick your favorite or use this simple but fresh one

For the kale chips:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, place rack(s) in center of oven
  • Whisk all ingredients except kale in a small bowl
  • Place kale in a large bowl and toss with dressing to coat
  • Spread kale onto baking sheet in a single layer (you may have to do this in batches)
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes
  • Toss chips with a wooden spatula and return to oven for another 7-8 minutes, until crispy throughout
For the salmon:
  • Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil grill grate
  • Brush salmon fillets with olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt (and black pepper if desired) and parsley
  • Cook salmon 6-8 minutes per side or until the fish flakes easily with a fork

For Technologists

Salmon…they swim upstream…which makes me think of the struggles we sometime experience in growing and maturing our Agile practice.  Not all areas of an organization come along for the swim and partnering and collaborating is not always easy.  But as the saying goes, “just keep swimming, just keep swimming” and in the end everything will be delicious.  See more on this topic at Isaac’s post on driving an agile culture.


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