Shrimp Kale Caesar Salad

You need a recipe for lunch? How about a salad that has brain and beauty. I mean looks and taste great! Kale, shrimp and pomegranate, superfoods to the rescue.

Ingredients

Caesar Dressing

1 large free-range egg

2 teaspoons dijon mustard

3 fillets anchovies

2 cloves garlic

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, to taste

kosher salt, to taste

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Croutons

6 oz whole grain wheat bread, 1 loaf, cut into bite-size cubes

olive oil, to taste

1 teaspoon italian seasoning

1 pinch kosher salt

Shrimp

1 lb wild-caught shrimp, (about 21 or 25) peeled and deveined

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 lemon, zested

salt, to taste

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Salad

12 cups kale, mixed, stemmed and sliced into ribbons

salt, to taste

¾ cup pomegranate seeds

½ cup parmesan cheese, shaved

Directions

Make the dressing: Add the egg, Dijon mustard, anchovy fillets, and garlic to a blender. Blend for about 1 minute, until smooth and creamy. With the blender running, slowly pour in the olive oil and blend until thick and emulsified. Season the dressing to taste with lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and quickly pulse to incorporate. Set aside. The dressing can be made ahead. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Make the croutons: In a mixing bowl, combine the bread, olive oil, and Italian seasoning. Toss to coat the bread cubes.

Heat a medium pan over medium heat. Add the bread cubes, in batches if necessary to keep from overcrowding the pan. Toast, tossing occasionally, until crispy and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and season with salt. Set aside. The croutons can be made ahead. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 4 days.

Make the shrimp: In a medium bowl, combine the shrimp, olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat the shrimp.

Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, cook the shrimp for 2 minutes on each side, until pink and opaque. Remove from the pan.

Thoroughly wash and dry the kale. Add to a large bowl and season with salt. Gently massage the kale to break down some of the fibrous texture. Toss with a bit of dressing to coat the leaves, then add more to taste.

Add the croutons, shrimp, pomegranate seeds, and Parmesan. Toss well.

Divide between bowls and serve immediately and enjoy!

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