We all know how challenging it is to find the time in our busy schedules to make meals that are healthy, satisfying and quick. This creamy and delicious Kale Caesar Salad is the perfect addition to your lunch routine; it's simple to put together, and full of vitamins, minerals, and protein. Plus, you'll probably have most of the ingredients already on hand.
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Kale Caesar Salad Recipe
Makes: 4 servings
Prep Time: 24 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes
- 2/3 cup low-fat mayonnaise or greek yogurt
- 6 anchovy filets
- 1 medium clove garlic, minced (about 1 TSP)
- 1 1/2 OZ Parmigiano-Reggiano, finely grated (about 1/2 cup)
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 8 large eggs
- Salt and pepper
- 1 pound (about 2 bunches) Tuscan or curly kale, tough stems removed, leaves roughly chopped (about 4 quarts loosely packed leaves)
- 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 small or 1/2 medium white onion
- 6 slices crusty bread, toasted
- Add kale to a large bowl with 3 tbsp olive oil. Massage kale well, kneading with your hands to help break down the tougher pieces. Set aside while you make the eggs.
- Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Carefully lower eggs into water one at a time. Cook for 6 ½ minutes, adjust heat to maintain a gentle boil. Remove eggs to a bowl of ice water and chill until you can easily handle them. Gently crack the eggs all over and peel.
- While the eggs are cooking, add ingredients for the dressing to a blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
- Add dressing to a large bowl with kale and onion. Toss until everything is coated well.
- Slice eggs in half and place on top of salad. Season eggs with salt and pepper. Serve with toasted bread slices.
Did you know?
The Caesar salad was born in the bustling tourist hub of Tijuana, Mexico, in the 1920s at a restaurant called "Caesar's Place." The restaurant's owner, Caesar Cardini, was an Italian-born restaurateur was responsible for this legendary concoction, but it came about in an utterly unglamorous way - out of sheer necessity. On a busy Fourth of July weekend, Cardini found his kitchen supplies drastically depleted and decided to make do with what he had on hand: romaine lettuce, garlic, croutons, Parmesan cheese, boiled eggs, olive oil, and Worcestershire sauce.
Cardini was not just an astute restaurateur but also an inborn showman. He prepared the salad tableside making the salad-creation process a theatrical spectacle where the ingredients were impressively tossed, carefully arranged, and elegantly plated. The original Caesar Salad did not include anchovies or chicken, common additions today, but rather the anchovy flavor came from the Worcestershire sauce.
Cardini's simple yet savorous creation soon became a magnet for Hollywood's elite and other influential personalities visiting Tijuana during the prohibition era in the United States. Word of the tasty Caesar Salad spread rapidly, earning it fame far beyond its humble Mexican birthplace. By the late 1940s and early 1950s, Caesar Salad had made its way onto restaurant menus across the United States, Europe, and eventually, the world. In 1953, the International Society of Epicure declared it "the greatest recipe to originate from the Americas in 50 years".
Caeser Salad Recipes Never Go Out of Style
Today, countless variations of the Caesar Salad can be found worldwide, with grilled chicken, prawns, anchovies and even bacon, added to cater to varied preferences. However, at its heart, the Caesar salad has remained true to the basic ingredients and presentation style that Caesar Cardini pioneered - a testament to his ingenuity.
So the next time you enjoy a Caesar Salad, spare a thought for the rich history contained in that unassuming bowl of romaine leaves, croutons, and creamy dressing. Despite its humble origins, this salad has come to be known as one of the most celebrated dishes across the globe, a testament to the enduring appeal of simplistic flavor combinations created out of necessity.
The Caesar salad is often misspelled as a "Caeser salad" or a "ceaser salad" - it's one of the many non-intuitive words we get used to on a daily basis! Many people get distracted searching for a ceaser salad recipe, when really they're looking for the classic "Caesar" recipe.
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