Kale Caesar Salad

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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pkg (350 g pkg) bacon
  • 1/2 loaf crusty bread, cut into cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced and divided
  • 3/4 tsp each salt and pepper, divided
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 bunches shredded kale, about 6 cups
  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Arrange bacon slices in single layer on baking sheet; bake, checking often, for 10 to 12 minutes or until bacon is crispy and golden brown. Drain bacon on paper towel; tear into pieces. Reserve baking sheet with bacon drippings.
  • Toss bread cubes with bacon drippings, half of the garlic, and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt and pepper on reserved baking sheet until well coated. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and toasted.
  • Whisk together lemon juice, mustard, remaining garlic, salt and pepper until blended. Whisk in oil and 1/2 cup (125 mL) Parmesan cheese.
  • Toss kale and parsley leaves with 1/3 cup (75 mL) dressing until lightly coated. Transfer remaining dressing to small serving bowl. Arrange salad, croutons, bacon, remaining Parmesan and remaining dressing on serving platter in deconstructed-style plating, laying out ingredients separately so that guests can build their own salad. Sprinkle each serving with lemon zest.

Tips

Add 1/3 cup mayonnaise to dressing for a creamier version.
Tips for Zero Food Waste

Parsley: Purée leftover parsley leaves with lots of olive oil. Scrape into ice cube tray (2 tsp per section), cover and freeze for up to 3 weeks. Whenever a recipe calls for fresh parsley, add a frozen cube. Or make a gremolata: a fresh herb condiment that can be used to brighten up stews, pastas, salads, vegetables or even grilled meats.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 32g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 880mg | Fiber: 2g