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Baby Kale Salad with Lemony Breadcrumbs

SERVINGS
4-6
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Long Island City, New York, December 13, 2021 (NBC/Today.com/Today All Day): Starting From Scratch - Elizabeth Heiskell teaches Savannah Guthrie how to cook. Photo by Lanna Apisukh.
Long Island City, New York, December 13, 2021 (NBC/Today.com/Today All Day): Starting From Scratch - Elizabeth Heiskell teaches Savannah Guthrie how to cook. Photo by Lanna Apisukh.Lanna Apisukh / Lanna Apisukh
SERVINGS
4-6
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Ingredients

Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 lemon, zested
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt
Dressing
  • 1/2 clove garlic, grated
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
To Assemble
  • 1 (5-ounce) clamshell baby kale

    Chef notes

    These breadcrumbs are like the crouton's sophisticated older cousin. They're a bit more subtle, but they deliver the most satisfying crunch in every bite. Plus, they take only a few minutes to make.

    Swap option: In place of the breadcrumbs, you can swap in Elizabeth Heiskell's Cheese Coins, crushed, if you like.

    Preparation

    For the breadcrumbs:

    In a small nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs and toast, stirring constantly, until golden-brown and crispy.

    Immediately transfer the breadcrumbs to a bowl to halt the cooking. Add the lemon zest, red pepper flakes and a generous pinch of salt. Toss well to combine and set aside to cool.

    For the dressing:

    In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the garlic, lemon juice, sherry vinegar, vegan mayonnaise and Dijon to combine. While whisking, add the oil in a slow, steady stream to emulsify. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

    To assemble:

    Toss the baby kale with the dressing and top with a generous sprinkle of seasoned breadcrumbs.