Kale Salad with Lemon, Serrano Chilies and Mint

Kale Salad with Lemon, Serrano Chilies and Mint

Serves 4

Ingredients
4 tablespoons fresh juice and 1 tablespoon zest from 2 to 3 lemons
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 small clove garlic, minced (about 1/2 teaspoon)
1 anchovy filet, finely chopped
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
2 ounces Parmigiano Reggiano, grated on a microplane grater (about 2 cups)
3/4 cup neutral oil (such as safflower or canola)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups finely cubed sourdough bread
12 ounces kale leaves, large stems removed, sliced into thin ribbons
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, sliced into thin ribbons
1 serrano chili, thinly sliced

Procedures
Combine lemon juice and zest, vinegar, garlic, anchovy, mustard, egg yolk, chili flakes, and cheese in the bowl of a food processor. Process until homogenous, about 10 seconds. With processor running, slowly drizzle neutral oil through feed tube, stopping the processor to scrape down sides as necessary until a smooth emulsion is formed, about 20 seconds.

Transfer to a medium bowl. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in 1/2 cup olive oil. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Heat remaining two tablespoons olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add bread cubes and cook, tossing and stirring constantly until golden brown and crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt and pepper.

To serve, combine kale and mint in a large bowl with about 1/2 cup dressing (more or less as desired). Toss to coat well and let sit around 3 minutes. Transfer to a large serving bowl and top with croutons and sliced chilies. Serve immediately.