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Pan-Seared Polenta with Olive-Caper Sauce
lemony kale and feta salad

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We use pre-cooked polenta for a quick and delicious weeknight dinner and elevate it with an olive-caper tomato sauce. A lemony kale salad keeps this dinner fresh and light! We last featured this meal in 2015.

Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Pan-Seared Polenta with Olive-Caper Sauce:
  • Olives, kalamata, pitted - 1/2 cup, finely chopped
  • Capers - 2 Tbsp, rinsed and drained
  • Mushrooms, cremini (sub white button) - 6 oz, sliced
  • Polenta, pre-cooked (often sold in 18 oz / 510 g tube) - 18 oz, cut into ½” / 1.25 cm slices
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp
  • Tomato paste - 1/4 cup
  • Stock, any type - 1 cup
Lemony Kale and Feta Salad:
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
  • Cucumber - 8 oz, chopped
  • Cheese, feta - 2 oz, crumbled
  • Baby kale - 5 oz (sub large kale leaves, thinly sliced or arugula)

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Prep

  1. Make vinaigrette - Combine lemon juice, vinegar, honey, and mustard. Whisk while slowly adding olive oil. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Olives / Capers - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

  3. Mushrooms / Cucumbers / Cheese - Prep as directed and store separately. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  4. Polenta - Cut into 1/2" / 1.25 cm slices. Season lightly with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat a skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat and add first part of cooking oil. When oil begins to shimmer, add polenta. Sear until golden brown and heated through, 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Transfer polenta to a plate and cover to keep warm.

  2. Return skillet to heat. Add second part of oil and mushrooms and saute until mushrooms are tender and golden brown, ~5 minutes. Add olives, capers, and tomato paste and stir to combine. Add stock slowly while whisking to combine with other ingredients. Bring to a boil and continue boiling until sauce thickens slightly, ~4 minutes.

  3. Pour sauce over polenta. Toss kale with cucumbers, feta, and vinaigrette and top with some black pepper. Serve polenta with salad on the side and enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (31)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (5)
Vegetarian (11)

29 reviews

Easy and quick, can easily substitute out side dishes or sauces for what’s available. A great weeknight option

By: Beth
Posted: Mar 30, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Tasty! I left out olives and uses tomatoes to reduce the salt level. I also made a cauliflower rice as a side because of the reviews saying people were hungry after, bulked up the meal. Very good

By: Aprill
Posted: Feb 22, 2022
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

While delicious, it definitely was not enough to keep body and soul together and I found myself contemplating half a large pizza. I would make the sauce and salad, and out the sauce over pasta.

By: Rosemary
Posted: Feb 22, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Very salty, but delicious. Served with rice pilaf

By: Molly
Posted: Feb 19, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Made this with chicken breast instead of pork and sautéed some broccoli instead of kale. Husband loved this, the caper/olive mix was a bit too salty for me.

By: Carissa
Posted: Feb 01, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I gave it a try because I like polenta, but the olives and capers did not do it for me. If I'd done just the mushrooms in tomato sauce, might have liked that better.

By: Theresa
Posted: Jan 30, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
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