AKA THE BEST KALE SALAD IN ALL THE LAAAAAAAAAND!
Please don’t leave.
At least stay for the preview!
At some point between writing Let Them Eat Kale!, and…well…now, I began a hot pursuit of THEBEST kale salad in ALLTHELAND. Meaning, I’ve been scouring local restaurants for saladspiration so that I could snag their idea, copy cat it, stick it on this here blog and call it: “THE BEST KALE SALAD IN ALL THE LAND” < – not that I’m shouting…It’s just that my blog post titles appear in capital letters, so I figured I’d give you a real accurate visual.
So, I may have become a bit of a kale snot.
A lot of a kale snot.
A medium-sized to epically large snoody snot kale snot.
Wait, don’t tell me: you’ve been on the prowl for the most righteously awesome kale salad in all the nine kingdoms, too? You’re an epically large snoody snot kale McSnotsalot too? This is why we’re friends.
How cool is this colander that Savora sent me? I luuuurve how sturdy it is! It’s made out of stainless steel and is super sleek with the vortex-shaped slits. Bonus points: it comes in a variety of colors to jazz up your kitchen!
Back to my kale salad story.
My friends and I have narrowed it down to three kale salads from three different restaurants. We all agree the Kale Caesar from Bowl, the Highway to Kale from Laughing Planet, and the Kale Salad from Campo are the top three in town. BUT, we are all at odds about which restaurant has THEBEST kale salad in ALLTHELAND, as we all have a different opinion. Anyhoo, to cut to the chase, my favorite kale salad is the one from Campo.
All’s it is, is blanched kale dressed with lemon-garlic vinaigrette, a poached egg on top, and a little sumpin’ sumpin’ they call, “crispy grana padano”…which I like to call, “parmesan crisps.”
Have you ever had parmesan crisps? They’re dope, mates. Real dope. And they’re easy to make. Here’s what you do: Plop piles of fresh grated parmesan on a parchment-lined baking sheet, like so:
Bake at four hundo F for 5 to 8 minutes until your parm babies get nice and crispy.
BOOM! Crack for cheese lovers.
You then break up your crack…err…crisps…and toss them in your salad. This is, in my opinion, what makes this salad the bomb diggity.
As you can see, I did not poach my egg the way Campo does…on account of the fact that my egg poaching skillz need some fine tuning. So I sunny side up-ed it. So long’s there’s a runny yolk on top, you’re sitting pretty. I also did not blanch my kale, because I’m totes fine with it raw. But if you prefer your kale a little softer and less bitter, blanch those leaves!
Confession: The reason I did not title this recipe, “the best kale salad on the face of the planet” is because I know soooomeone’s going to make it and leave a comment like, “Rabble rabble hoopty loo, this is NOT the best kale salad ever,” which is too much for my fragile ego to take. So I gave it a humble title instead.
What’s in your favorite kale salad?