This is my favourite, go-to kale salad recipe that I make nearly once a week. And I firmly believe that this kale parmesan salad with lemon dressing will turn any kale salad hater into a lover. The key to making any kale salad tasty is to massage those leaves. And really, get in there and massage them well so they are nicely coated. This not only makes them tastier, but much softer and easier to eat. I hope you make this salad and love it as much as I do.
The ingredient list is super short and sweet, but trust me you don't need a lot of ingredients to make a tasty salad.
Make the crispy prosciutto first by laying down your sliced prosciutto on a large parchment lined baking sheet. Depending on the thickness of your sliced prosciutto, it could take anywhere from seven to ten minutes to get crispy. You want them to be pretty crispy, so that you can just crumble them with your hands once cooled. Set them aside once they're cooled and crumbled.
Next, it's time to toast your pine nuts. The best method and trick I use ALL the time when making salads is to add some crunch for texture. And the method for doing this is to toast them in a skillet with extra virgin olive oil. You can then use that oil as the base for the dressing, it will be infused with the nut/seed flavour and tastes delicious.
To do this, heat a skillet over medium-low heat. Pour in the olive oil and then add the pine nuts (or another type of nut or seed) and toast until just starting to turn golden brown. Pine nuts can burn quickly, so keep an eye on them. Once toasted, strain the pine nuts through a sieve, saving the oil in a bowl to use for the dressing. Set the pine nuts aside.
To make this easy lemony parmesan dressing, combine the reserved olive oil with the lemon juice and parmesan. Mix with a spoon and season with salt and pepper. Add the chili flakes if using.
Before you start massaging the kale, you gotta chop it into nice, thin ribbons.
First, you want to remove the tough centre stem. Simply tear the kale leaves from the centre and discard the tough stem. Wash and dry the leaves.
Now, take a few kale leaves and roll them up into a fairly tight cigar shape. Then take a sharp knife and slice into thin ribbons.
Toss them into a large salad bowl and drizzle in the dressing. Use your hands to massage the kale and really work the dressing into the leaves.
If you find it's too dry, add a little more oil and lemon to taste.
Time to assemble your kale parmesan salad!
Once it's dressed and softened. Scatter the crispy prosciutto and pine nuts into the salad.
Serve with additional sliced/grated parmesan and lemon wedges. Enjoy!
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My go-to kale parmesan salad that I've been making on repeat for years! Topped with crispy prosciutto, toasted pine nuts and massaged with a lemony dressing.
Fresh parmesan is recommended rather than pre-shredded or packaged types, it makes a big difference in terms of taste in this salad.