kale caesar salad

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So I tried hitting up the grocery store last night, but ran into a little issue at the check out stand…

I had all of my stuff ready to go for this recipe (shown below), but the lady in front of me tried paying for her food with 3 cards – none of them working… then she had to return a bunch of items, and then the computer froze out…

After a long day, I just wanted to get home, so I will have to go to the grocery store sometime soon to make this salad.. a healthier version of caesar by using Kale instead of Romaine lettuce.

  • 2 large bunches of Lacinato Kale (Dinosaur Kale), cleaned, stems removed and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 to 3 large cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup organic lemon juice (from approximately 2 medium lemons)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 10 turns freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup whole wheat croutons, crushed
  • shaved Parmesan for serving (optional)
  1. Clean kale be removing the stems, washing the leaves and drying. If you have a salad spinner, this is a great time to use it to dry the leaves. Alternately, pat them with paper towels. Once mostly dry, chop leaves into bite sized pieces and place in a very large bowl.
  2. Smash garlic and finely chop. Combine in a large bowl with lemon juice, salt, red pepper and black pepper.Whisk to combine and continue whisking, slowly pouring in olive oil to emulsify.
  3. Combine dressing with kale leaves, using your hands to gently massage into the leaves. (I used kitchen gloves because I had just painted my nails and Kale has a nasty habit of turning manicures green! Set a timer for 30 minutes and move on to the croutons.
  4. Smash the croutons by placing them in a measuring cup and using the next size smaller measuring cup to crush them by pushing down. Alternately, you could put them in a Ziploc type bag and bang on them but I found that is messier.
  5. Finally, measure grated cheese and shave fresh Parmesan if using for garnish.
  6. When timer is up, toss dressed salad with crushed croutons and grated Parm until well coated.

Reference: http://www.everydaymaven.com/2013/kale-caeser/

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