Brussels Sprout & Kale Caesar Salad

I love Caesar salad, so when I got Brussels sprouts and kale in my CSA this week, I thought I would try it as an alternative to the usual romaine lettuce used for this salad. Homemade Caesar dressing is so easy to make, and so much tastier then that fake creamy dressing so many restaurants use. Normally you add an egg to the dressing, but I didn’t because I planned on topping my salad with a soft boiled egg. Plus I don’t think you sacrifice any flavor when omitting the egg in the dressing anyway. Next time I might add some crispy pancetta, or maybe some fried capers in addition to the croutons I made!

2 cups brussels sprouts, trimmed and leaves peeled
1 cup laminate kale, shredded
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, soft boiled
French bread, cut into crouton size pieces
Olive Oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Caesar Dressing:
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 oil-packed anchovies
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan (plus more as needed)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss the croutons with olive oil, salt and black pepper. Bake for 15 mins or until crispy. Set aside to cool.

In a mortar and pestle, mix together the anchovy, garlic, and a pinch of salt. Add in the lemon juice and mustard and mix well. Very slowly whisk in the olive oil until it thickens a bit, then stir in the grated Parmesan cheese and pepper. Add more lemon juice and/or salt if needed.

For the egg, boil a small pot of water and gently add your egg. Cook them for 7 minutes, then remove immediately and place in a bowl of ice water. This will help stop the cooking process and will leave you with the perfect semi-runny egg!

I decided to quickly blanch my greens to help soften them just a tiny bit. Add the greens to a pot of boiling water for about 15 seconds, then remove and place in a bowl of ice water. Again, this will stop the cooking process. Put the greens through a salad spinner to dry (or pat lightly with a paper towel) then place in a large bowl. Alternatively you can skip this process and just keep the greens raw if you prefer.

Toss well with the Caesar dressing, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and top with the croutons and soft boiled egg. Enjoy!

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