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Caesar Kale Slaw with Crispy Prosciutto

The above (and below) is an illustration of what can happen when your fridge is full and yet lacking inspiration, when you drag yourself to your computer and unenthusiastically type in “kale” because you have a sad bunch in your fridge and you think you should. And you’re just not that into said kale, even though you should be.

I came across this, and it turned into this. I made a batch of mayo (easy to do with a hand-held immersion blender – I’ll show you sometime) then added an enormous clove of sticky garlic, lots of pepper, an extra squeeze of lemon juice and lots of freshly grated Parmesan, and blitzed it again.

As I tossed it with the kale it occurred to me that bacon would do well here. Even better – prosciutto: when you cook it up it turns crisp and salty without being greasy and chewy, like bacon can be (not that there’s anything wrong with that… except when there is) and because it’s so thinly sliced and lean it takes minutes to crisp up in a hot pan with the merest slick of oil.

It would have been fab as-is. But I couldn’t help but fry up an egg in the pan I used for the prosciutto, and set it on top.

The end.


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14 comments on “Caesar Kale Slaw with Crispy Prosciutto

  1. Jan @ Family Bites
    October 20, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Um…yummy! Adding the egg is brilliant.

  2. Kalyn
    October 20, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I recently adapted that same recipe into a salad that had half romaine and half kale and loved it! The egg on top would be great!

  3. Laurie from Burnaby
    October 20, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Wonderful dish! Bacon and eggs for dinner.

  4. christine
    October 20, 2011 at 11:54 am

    yum yum yum!

  5. Heidi
    October 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Oh my goodness! I gotta get me some of that “sad kale”! That looks and sounds divine!

  6. Stephanie
    October 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    eggs on top of salads are one of my favorite things ever! Especially when the yolk is runny and mixes on everything. So far I’ve only ever thrown kale into stews and never had it raw. This looks very tempting

  7. bvox
    October 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    This could make me not a vegetarian anymore! I can’t imagine it without the crispy prosciutto.

  8. jen
    October 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    ummm, ok, the sound of that doesn’t suck at all! (and that is high praise from me)

  9. molly
    October 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    anyone who can turn kale into bliss and cookies into lollipops deserves an award. or two. or a dozen.


  10. Lana
    October 21, 2011 at 7:30 am

    That looks AWESOME.

  11. Lori
    October 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I want to like kale. I really do. Covered in mayo and topped with bacon and eggs might be what it takes.

  12. Magda
    October 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    This is my kind of salad; especially the version pictured in your last photo 🙂

  13. Sandy
    October 24, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Can I eat at your house?

  14. JodyR
    January 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I’ve been looking for a Kale caesar salad recipe! Scared to make homemade mayo though. 🙂

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