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Ina Garten’s Broccoli & Kale Salad

Broccoli and Kale Salad

BROCCOLI & KALE SALAD
Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 cups broccoli florets, stems removed (2 bunches)
1 bunch baby kale
1 cup toasted croutons
1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 to 2 lemons)
1⁄4 cup grated Italian Parmesan cheese
6 extra-large eggs Caesar salad dressing (recipe follows)

1. Bring a large pot of water with 1 tablespoon of salt to a boil and fill a bowl with ice water. Add the broccoli to the boiling water and cook for exactly 4 minutes. Remove the broccoli with a slotted spoon and transfer to the bowl of ice water. When cool, drain well and transfer to a large bowl.

2. Remove and discard any hard ribs from the kale. Stack the leaves on top of each other, and thinly julienne them crosswise. Add to the bowl with the broccoli.

3. Add enough Caesar dressing to moisten the broccoli and kale and toss well. Add the croutons, lemon juice and Parmesan. Divide the salad among six dinner plates.

4. Meanwhile, fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil. With a spoon, carefully lower each of the eggs into the boiling water and lower the heat until the water is at a low simmer. (You don’t want the eggs knocking around in the pot or they will crack.)

5. Cook the eggs for 6 1⁄2 minutes exactly, remove them from the saucepan, run them under cool water and peel (see note). Place one egg on each salad, cut it in half, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

CAESAR SALAD DRESSING
(MAKES 2 CUPS)

Ingredients:
2 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, at room temperature
2 teaspoons chopped garlic (2 cloves)
10 anchovy fillets
1⁄2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, at room temperature (2 to 3 lemons)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
11⁄2 cups good mild olive oil
1⁄2 cup freshly grated Italian Parmesan cheese

1. This is my classic Caesar salad dressing. It’s important that all the ingredients be at room temperature, particularly the eggs. The dressing will last for a week in the refrigerator.

2. Place the egg yolks, mustard, garlic, anchovies, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade and process until smooth. With the food processor running, slowly pour the olive oil through the feed tube (as though you were making mayonnaise) and process until thick. Add the Parmesan and pulse 3 times to combine.

TOASTED CROUTONS
(MAKES 1 CUP CROUTONS)

Ingredients:
Good olive oil, such as Olio Santo
2 1⁄2 ounces country white bread, crusts removed and 1⁄2-inch diced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a small (8-inch) sauté pan and heat over medium high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the bread and sauté, tossing occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes, until evenly browned. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. (Chef Tip: This is a great way to use up leftover bread and adds a nice crunch to all kinds of soups and salads. They are so much fresher and more flavorful than packaged.)

It’s the perfect time of year for comfort food. Ina Garten’s newest (and 12th!) cookbook, Modern Comfort Food, gives at-home chefs 85 recipes to carry you through fall, winter and beyond—all with her signature touches.

RECIPE COURTESY OF MODERN COMFORT FOOD. COPYRIGHT © 2020 BY INA GARTEN. PUBLISHED BY CLARKSON POTTER, AN IMPRINT OF PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE.

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