Guest Post from my Farmer Girl sister, Jo: This is another paleo-inspired recipe found on and adapted from a paleo-devoted blog, Paleo Parents. The original recipe called for turning “ground chicken” into a mock, grain-free couscous. I was intrigued . . . I wondered if the same could be done with Farmer Girl ground beef. It turns out that it could!
The end result is a delicious, fresh, power-packed salad. The best part is that it uses kale and, unlike most green salads that tend to wilt, you can make a large batch of it and eat it for several meals. Note: The original recipe did not call for pine nuts or pita chips (anti-paleo ingredients) but I added some to my salad to give it a little crunch. This recipe is adapted from Paleo Parents, Grain Free Couscous Salad.
Kale, Artichoke and Ground Beef Salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serving Size: 6 servings
- 1 pound Farmer Girl Ground Beef
- 1 teaspoon coconut or olive oil
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup diced red onion, to taste
- 4 ounce (or more!) baby kale leaves, chopped
- 1 cup quartered artichoke hearts – drain & rinse before using if canned in brine
- Juice of one lemon
- Handful of fresh cilantro and parsley, chopped
- 4 sprigs-worth of fresh mint leaves, chopped
- Extra virgin olive oil to taste
- Toasted pine nuts, crushed pita chips (optional)
Heat a large skillet with the coconut or olive oil over medium-low heat. Add Farmer Girl Ground Beef to the skillet, and break up with the back of a spoon. Brown and cook through until no pink remains, about 10 minutes. Let the ground beef cool. Using a food processor, pulse the cooked ground beef into large crumbs as if you were ricing a cauliflower. Don’t over process!
Add the chopped cooked beef to a large salad bowl. Chop the baby kale leaves, red onion, cilantro and mint leaves. Add to the bowl. Drain the artichoke hearts of any brine or oil, rinsing if necessary, then slice into strips and add to the bowl with the lemon juice and as much extra virgin olive oil as you like. Toss to combine. This salad can be eaten immediately or refrigerated and eaten later. It is delicious either way!