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Keto Kale Caesar Salad with Parmesan Crisps

This classic, ever-popular salad gets a vibrant, healthy makeover by subbing kale for romaine lettuce and adding fresh mint.
Serves 6

Ingredients List

  • Tbsp fresh lemon juice and 2 tsp lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp anchovy paste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 tsp red chili flakes
  • cups (4 oz) shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 oz (1 large bunch) kale leaves, stems removed, sliced into thin ribbons (12 cups)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, sliced into thin ribbons

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C) and position an oven rack in the center of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  • In a food processor or blender, combine the lemon juice and zest, vinegar, anchovy paste, garlic powder, mustard, egg yolk, chili flakes, and three-quarters of the cheese. Process until combined, about 10 seconds. With the processor running, slowly drizzle in 1/2 cup of the olive oil, stopping to scrape down sides as necessary, until mixture is smooth and emulsified, 20 to 30 seconds. Transfer the dressing to a medium bowl.
  • Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle the remaining 1/4 cup of the olive oil and 3 tablespoons warm water into the dressing. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoons pepper. Set aside.
  • On the parchment-lined baking sheet, make 12 (1 Tablespoon-size) piles of the remaining Parmesan cheese, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake until the cheese crisps are nicely bubbly and the edges are golden but not browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Let them cool for 3 minutes, then slide them onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To serve, combine the kale and mint in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss to coat and let sit for 3 minutes. Break the Parmesan crisps into smaller pieces, sprinkle them over the salad, and serve immediately.

Credits

RecipeEric Lundy

PhotographyErin Ng

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