Thursday, January 16, 2014

Kale and Shaved Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad

After all the Christmas baking and eating, I'm definitely ready for something a little lighter.  I mean, let's be honest here, eating a salad every once in a while really isn't going to kill me.  In fact, I've heard that it's actually helpful.  Who knew?

As you may have figured out, I'm a little bit of a Pinterest addict.  It's where I get most of my good ideas for many things, not just food.  I've even tried out a few cleaning tips I found on there.  Still hate to clean, but that's unsurprising.  So, as I was browsing Pinterest the other day, I saw two salads that looked good; this shredded kale and Brussels sprouts one and this massaged kale Caesar.  I had kale and Brussels sprouts, so I figured I'd combine them and see what happened.

Deliciousness, deliciousness happened.  The kale and sprouts work well together, and make it feel hardier, like more of a winter salad.  And the Caesar dressing is amazing.  This is much more of a traditional Caesar dressing, because it uses anchovies.  I know that this is controversial, but I promise this dressing does not taste like fish.  Give it a try, it'll be ok.  There is also lots of garlic, so maybe not good for a first date?  Or maybe it is, I guess that depends on the date and what you're hoping will happen.  I'm not here to judge.

Kale and Shaved Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad

First, prepare the kale and sprouts.  To prepare the kale, pull it off the stem; I use this method.  You can also buy bags of pre-washed and chopped, but you need to dig through to make sure all the stems are gone.  I used about three stems.

Then, give it a rough chop.  You're going to tear it up more when you massage it, so don't worry about it being uniform or particularly small.  Then, put it in a bowl and pour a little salt over it.  I never measure this, but I'd say maybe 2 teaspoons and start massaging.  The salt breaks down the kale, so you'll see it get smaller and turn bright green, like it does when you cook it.  As your massaging, continue to tear it apart, so that you don't have giant pieces.  I use this method a TON to make kale salad, it is delicious.

After you're done with the kale, prep the sprouts; I used about half a bag.  You can buy shredded Brussels sprouts already in the bag at Trader Joe's, which is SO what I'm doing next time, because this was a pain in the booty.  To shred them yourself, just chop off the bottom, half them, then slice as thinly as you can.  Break them up as you put them into the bowl.  Or seriously, just go to the store and buy them already done, this is completely not worth it.

Next up, the dressing.  For this, you will need:

1/4 Cup Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1/4 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
3-4 Cloves of Garlic, Minced or Pressed
3-4 Anchovy Fillets
2 1/2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
1 Ounce Parmesan Cheese

Mash the anchovy in the bottom of a bowl.  Mine didn't get super mushed, but it turned out ok, you just want to break it up a little bit so that it can mix well with the other ingredients.

Then, add the other ingredients and whisk it until smooth.  Taste and see how you like it, adding what you think it needs.  Wait until you've tried it to add any salt, because the anchovies are super salty, as well as the kale.  I didn't think it needed any extra salt.

Pour over the veg and mix to coat.

I loved this salad, there was enough for two giant servings, but since it's all vegetables, servings sizes don't matter.  I had it as my meal, but it would also be great as a side to some chicken or pasta.  Give the anchovies a chance, you won't be sorry!

Question of the Day:

What "weird" food do you love?  


  1. This sounds like a really interesting combination. I am trying so hard to love Brussels sprouts but really struggle with them because of the strong flavor.

    Stopping by to say "hi" from the SITS Girls tribe :)

    1. This might really help you, because it combines two of my favorite methods of eating something I'm not crazy about. Bury it in sauce and chop it up real thin! Thanks for stopping by!!

  2. Hi!! Stopping by to say HI from your tribe! I love brussels sprouts and I am always looking for better ways to enjoy it! This salad looks delicious. BTW, I am a Pinterest addict too! (Maybe we should find a meeting or something lol!)

    1. I feel like a Pinterest meeting would have really great decorations and food, so yes. Let's do it!

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