Kale Caesar Salad with Hard-Boiled Eggs
Today’s recipe is long overdue.
You see, my mom and older sister recently brought to my attention that I had yet to share a classic Caesar salad dressing on this site in all four years of its existence.
I shared one version a very long time ago (which I refuse to link to because well..the pictures are horrific), but other than that nada.
To give you some perspective, I basically lived on Caesar salad (and pasta) for the first eight years of my life.
I essentially made it my life goal to try Caesar salad at every restaurant we ever visited, and I took the job very seriously.
Somewhere along the way (and many, many Caesar salads later), I came to the sad realization that all Caesar salads are not made equal, and only a handful passed my test.
Thankfully, my salad repertoire and palate have expanded substantially within the last twenty years.
But even to this day, I still can’t resist a good Caesar salad every now and then.
With that said, I’m definitely a purist when it comes to the dressing. It must have raw egg yolks. I know that thought makes some people squeamish (some grocery stores sell pasteurized eggs!), but the creaminess and richness they provide is irreplaceable.
Fresh garlic, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, anchovies, and lots of good quality parmigiano-reggiano are key components as well. The rest is up for interpretation in my book.
One of my favorite trends that has appeared within the last year or two is the kale Caesar salad. The heartier, earthy kale leaves hold up really well to the creamy dressing, and it is definitely a welcome change from the classic romaine (or even grilled romaine) lettuce standby. If you are a newbie to raw kale, I recommend using a combination of the two lettuces.
Despite being a relatively egg-heavy dressing, I love to pair this salad with perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs for lunch. It keeps me full for hours!
Even though I make Caesar dressing every few months, I finally wrote down the recipe the other day (after having just eyeballed amounts for years) and am happy to finally share my version with you! Hope you guys like it!
Prepare Hard-Boiled Eggs:
Kale Caesar Salad:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 287 Total Fat: 26g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 21g Cholesterol: 282mg Sodium: 446mg Carbohydrates: 4g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 10g