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Blackened Shrimp Kale Caesar

This blackened shrimp kale caesar is loaded with flavor. Spiced, buttery shrimp pan fried until golden, then thrown on kale caesar salad. Delish!
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kale caesar

  • 1 to 2 bunches of curly green kale, stems removed and torn into pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • shaved parmesan, for garnish

blackened shrimp

  • 1 pound raw peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


kale caesar

  • Tear, shred or chop the kale and place it in a bowl. You can actually chop it as much or as little as you like - depends on how you like to eat your kale salad!
  • To make the dressing, add the garlic, yogurt, parmesan, mustard, vinegar, anchovy paste, lemon juice, salt and pepper to a food processor and blend until pureed. With the processor still on, stream in the olive oil until a creamy dressing forms. (This will make more dressing than needed, but you can store it sealed in the fridge for about 3-4 days and stir well before using.)
  • Add about 1/4 cup of the dressing (or even 1/3 to 1/2 cup if you use it on 2 bunches) on the kale to start and toss well to distribute, even massaging it with clean hands. Let it sit for 10 minutes. While the kale marinates in the dressing, cook your shrimp!

blackened shrimp

  • Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the paprika, oregano, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and crushed red pepper.
  • Place the shrimp in a large bowl. Drizzle with the melted butter and toss well to coat. Sprinkle the seasoning all over the shrimp and toss well so they are all coated in the spices.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the olive oil. Add the shrimp in a single layer (you may need to do this in batches) and cook until golden and crisp on each side, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Do not overcook or the shrimp will be chewy!
  • Remove the shrimp and place it on the kale salad. Garnish with shaved parmesan if you’d like!

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