Kale and Fennel Caesar Salad
Kale and Fennel Caesar Salad

Photo Credit

Lauren Volo

This Recipe

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Serves: 4
  • Start to Finish: 15 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving:
Total Calories: 267
  • 256mg Sodium
  • 15g Carbs
  • 4g Fiber
  • 20g Fat
  • 3g Saturated Fat
  • 11g Protein

Loaded with tough kale, crunchy fennel, and protein-packed sardines, this hearty salad topped with a creamy dressing will please even the manliest of men.


  • For Caesar dressing:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon roasted garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sardine oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • For salad:
  • 1 bunch (about 4 cups) lacinato or Italian kale, sliced into thin ribbons
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and sliced into thin half-moons
  • 1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds

  • 1 can (4 ounces) sardines packed in olive oil, oil reserved for dressing



In a large salad bowl, combine egg yolk, vinegar, roasted garlic, and lemon juice. Whisk well. Stream in olive oil and reserved sardine oil, slowly whisking to emulsify egg and oil. Season with pepper and sea salt. Add kale and fennel, and toss well to coat with dressing. Add sunflower seeds, plate, and top with sardines.

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