Kale caesar

Kale caesar

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Cut the Carbs!
Serves
4-6

There’s more to this salad than the punning novelty of its name (though it is also something to hail). It takes that 90s cafe favourite and updates it with crispy chickpeas standing in for croutons, and raw, fine ribbons of kale for cos. If you’re searching for a little more substance, add in some soft egg or grilled chicken (since we’ve tinkered with everything else, this is hardly the time to get snippy about whether chicken has any place in a true Caesar salad). If you’re not up to eating raw egg yolks (pregnant, immune compromised etc), then you can always whizz the capers, anchovies and lemon zest through shop-bought whole-egg mayonnaise and thin it with lemon juice until you get the right consistency.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
3 rashers bacon, cut into thin batons
1 x 400g tin of chickpeas, rinsed
1 tablespoon olive oil
400g kale, hard stems discarded and leaves shredded into ribbons 5 mm wide
40g parmesan, shaved

Dressing

Quantity Ingredient
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 teaspoons capers, drained
2 marinated anchovy fillets in oil, drained
175ml sunflower oil
1 lemon, grated zest and juiced
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
2 hard-boiled eggs, or cooked or grilled chicken, (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220˚C.
  2. Put the bacon and chickpeas on a baking tray and drizzle with the olive oil. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the bacon is very crisp and the chickpeas have developed a brittle crust.
  3. To make the dressing, combine the egg yolk, mustard, garlic clove, capers and anchovies in a blender and blend until smooth. Slowly drip in the oil, drop by drop, to make a dressing. Then drizzle in the lemon juice and whizz for a few seconds to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Combine the kale with the lemon zest and the dressing. Top with the crispy bacon and chickpeas, and the Parmesan shavings.
  5. If you fancy a little more protein, grate or break the hard-boiled eggs over the top of the salad, or mix through some shredded cooked chicken.
Tags:
healthy
low carb
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