Lion's Mane Curry Salad
If you're even slightly tuned into health food trends, you've probably been hearing a lot about mushrooms lately. We're not talking about the "magic" kind, although one could argue that all mushrooms contain magical properties!
Lion's Mane mushrooms, for example, have been shown to help increase Nerve Growth Factor (NFG) levels, which protect against degenerative brain diseases and memory loss. Studies show that it also has immune boosting benefits and can even help with irritability and anxiety!
Not only that, but when cooked properly, this meaty mushroom has a texture similar to chicken! Which is why it has been such a hit amongst those looking to cut down their meet consumption and search for alternatives that are minimally processed.
- Cactus Hat Lion's Mane Mushroom
- Lake Meadow Natural's Butter
- Watcharee's Curry (sold at our Farm Store)
- Baby Greens (or any lettuce of your choosing)
- Farmer's Blend
- Scallions or green onions (sold at our Farm Store)
- Sol Lemon & Garlic Dressing (sold at our Farm Store)
- Salt and pepper
The most important part of this recipe is cooking the mushrooms properly. Lion's Mane does better when its seared, like a piece of meat, rather than being sautéed like a traditional mushroom.
- Cut your mushroom into coins, making sure you cut down towards the base, like you would a cauliflower steak. This will ensure that the mushroom slice stays intact and doesn't fall apart.
- Add butter and a little olive oil or avocado oil to a pan. Once hot, place your mushroom slices on the pan. Make sure not to overcrowd. Overcrowding can make your mushrooms soggy. If you don't have enough room, you can cook the slices in batches.
- Cook one side of the mushroom for about 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Then flip and do the same to the next side. Feel free to add more oil or butter before flipping.
- Once both sides are golden brown, you can then add your curry or desired spices! The mushrooms will absorb the curry and turn a beautiful red color. Once the moisture is mostly gone, you're done! This method of cooking results in a piece of mushroom that resembles a chicken thigh!
- Assemble your salad. I kept mine simple by using baby greens and my favorite dressing. Then I topped it off with some salt and pepper
- Place the cooked mushrooms on the salad along with toppings of your choosing. I chose chopped scallions and a sprinkle of BSF Farmer's Blend!