Every now and again, I get on a bit of a health kick. Nothing drastic, I haven’t given up my wine or chocolate…but I like to avoid white flour, processed foods, you know, the tasty stuff. Due to the husband’s birthday last week, I ate more than anyone’s fair share of cake, fries, and carb-tastic brunch items, so today is the start of taking it down a notch.
This salad makes you feel like you are eating a ton because the kale is so fluffy, and the fiber plus the protein from the shrimp help you stay full. The caesar dressing has a great garlicky/lemon kick and the creaminess helps it to seem a bit decadent.
Best idea is to start with the salad first, it gives the dressing time to soak into the kale and soften it a bit. I used this dressing recipe from Chrissy Teigen’s blog and it is the bomb.
You’ll need all these ingredients:
Once mixed together, they look a bit like this, though next time I will use grated, not shredded parmesan:
Take a big bunch of kale, wash it, and shred it into bite-sized pieces. Massage a bunch of the dressing into the kale (note: this will get messy and you will want to lick your fingers at the end because the dressing is goooood.) (also note: don’t lick your fingers and put them back into the kale if you are making this for guests, if this is just for you, go right ahead, I won’t judge). Go ahead and toss some extra parmesan in there, you know you want to. You can let this sit for a while until you are ready to cook the shrimp, the kale won’t wilt.
When you are ready to eat, take your cleaned, peeled shrimp and toss them into a pan that has some olive oil and butter already heated to medium-high. These will cook about 2 minutes per side. Feel free to sprinkle on salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste and then squeeze half a lemon into the mix.
Finish things off by topping a big bowl of the kale with however many shrimps your heart (and stomach) desire, then add an extra sprinkle of parmesan for good measure.
Another perk of this salad is that, because the kale doesn’t wilt like lettuce, you can take it for work the next day and it still looks perky!