|Place of origin||Netherlands|
|Main ingredient(s)||French fries, meat (döner or shawarma), Gouda cheese|
Kapsalon is a Dutch food item consisting of fries, topped with döner or shawarma meat, grilled with a layer of Gouda cheese until melted and then subsequently covered with a layer of dressed salad greens. The dish is often served with garlic sauce and hot sauce (which is often incorrectly called sambal). Kapsalon is quite high in calories, with each serving containing approximately 1800 kcal. The term kapsalon literally means, "barbershop" in Dutch, alluding to one of the inventors of the dish.
The dish was conceived in 2003 by Nathaniël Gomes, a Cape Verdian hairdresser in Rotterdam who in collaboration with the neighboring shawarma store "El Aviva" combined all his favorite ingredients into one dish. The dish has since spread around the Netherlands into Belgium and is commonly found in restaurants serving shawarmas.
- (Dutch) Carnaval helpt nieuwste snackrage Kapsalon, Misset Horeca Snack-koerier, 7 februari 2008
- (Dutch) Article comparing Kapsalon to Quesadillas in The Register
- (Dutch) Caloriebom Kapsalon: erg lekker!, Algemeen Dagblad, 23 augustus 2006
- (Dutch) "Culinair hoogstandje in de Brederodestraat" ATV.be As opposed to what is said here the original Rotterdam kapsalon is also served in an aluminum tray