- 1 Tbs high heat oil, like avocado oil
- 4 chicken breasts, cut thin
- 1 pasture raised egg yolk
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 3-4 anchovies
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 oz grated parmesan cheese
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 3 large bunches of dino kale
- 1 tomato, sliced
- 1 cup roasted chickpeas
- In a cast iron skillet or frying pan, heat oil until a drop of water evaporates upon contact.
- Add chicken breasts, being careful not to crowd the pan. Fry until cooked through and golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side. Once finished, set aside and let rest for 5 minutes.
- While chicken is cooking, add egg yolk, lemon juice, anchovies, garlic, parmesan, and olive oil to a food processor. Pulse until fully blended and smooth. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.
- Remove stems from kale and chop.
- In a large bowl, pour dressing over kale and toss until coated. Using your hands, squeeze or "massage" the kale until it is wilted.
- Serve kale topped with sliced chicken, tomato, and Trailside Kitchen's roasted chickpeas.
Sometimes there is just nothing more amazing than an awesome caesar salad. I know, I know. Some of you probably never knew what ingredients were actually in caesar dressing (the good ones anyway), but anchovies and raw egg yolks totally make it.
If the idea of raw egg yolk weirds you out, think about this: Have you ever had aioli? Have you ever had a caesar salad or mayo at a fancy restaurant? If so, you’ve been eating raw egg yolk all along.
Here’s what’s important:
- Buy eggs from high integrity sources i.e. if you can buy local eggs at a farmer’s market, that’s the best option.
- If not, look for the label “pasture raised” at the store. Your best bet is organic pasture raised eggs if you can find them. That means that the chickens are running around open fields during the day eating grass and bugs, which increases the omega-3 fat content of the yolk. You’ll notice these yolks will be very bright and deep yellow because of it. Usually, with pasture raised eggs, the farmers supplement the pasture in some way with pellets (meaning that chickens have the option to eat them if they want to but don’t have to) so if the eggs are organic it means the supplemental pellets will be organic. This combo will have the lowest risk of foodborne illness.
- Wash the egg with soap and warm water before cracking. When gathering eggs from the farm, sometimes they are sitting next to where the chicken poops or is in a lot of dirt. While they are required to wash the eggs before selling, it can’t hurt to do double duty when consuming yolks raw. PRO TIP: instead of cracking the egg on the side of a bowl or the edge of a table where you risk puncturing the yolk or having loose shell pieces, tap on a flat surface, like a table, instead.
I like substituting the Trailside Kitchen Roasted Chickpeas instead of croutons because it’s a great source of complex carbohydrates and adds a nice texture. Once you go chickpea, you never go back.