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Kale Caesar Salad

14
  • Servings: 6

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Ingredients

Croutons

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 (1/2 pound) loaf brioche bread, crusts removed, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided

Salad

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 anchovy fillets, preferably salt-cured, soaked if salted; or 2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 1/3 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for garnish, if desired
  • 3 heads Tuscan kale, washed, dried, stems removed, leaves cut into 1/4-inch strips

Directions

  1. Croutons: In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil and 1 teaspoon butter over medium heat. Working in batches, add one-third of the bread cubes, one-third of the salt, and one-third of the pepper; toss to coat. Cook until golden. Remove from skillet and set aside. Repeat process twice with remaining oil, butter, bread, salt, and pepper.

  2. Salad: Place the garlic, anchovy fillets, salt, and pepper in a large wooden salad bowl. Using two dinner forks or a muddler, mash to form a paste. Using one fork, whisk in lemon juice, mustard, and egg yolk. While whisking, drizzle in olive oil and continue to whisk until emulsified. Add 1/2 cup grated cheese; set aside.

  3. Add kale to bowl along with croutons and toss well. If desired, garnish with additional cheese. Serve immediately.

Reviews Add a comment

  • pull123
    17 AUG, 2015
    Addictive. Great on kale and much more! Used Bays English muffins to make the croutons.
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  • vanillablue
    12 OCT, 2014
    Outstanding!! I cut the recipe in half and used homemade hearty white sandwich bread to make the croutons. The dressing is far superior to any store-bought versions and can be assembled quickly. Absolutely delicious.
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