Recipe of the Week: Kale Caesar Salad

Posted by Balance In Motion in Recipes

The perfect combination of creamy, crunchy and hard-hitting flavour, Caesar Salad is a classic that few are willing to mess with. Up until recently I was one of those people. But I decided to take a risk and try something new and substitute kale for the traditional romaine that one normally uses to make Caesar Salad—and let me tell you, I am so glad that I did.

Kale is a superfood packed with nutrients, and delicious when prepared correctly. The crispiness of kale makes it the perfect replacement to romaine in a Caesar Salad, while its slight bitterness compliments the savoury sweetness of the dressing wonderfully. I know that it’s hard to mess with an already good thing, but I challenge you to step outside your comfort zone and try this. Replacing kale for the romaine that you usually use adds a health kick to this famously calorie rich salad—not to mention revitalizes a classic. But if you’re not convinced, at least try my Caesar Salad dressing. It’s a staple at my house that I am confident will become your new favourite.

Here’s to happy and healthy eating!

Nicole

 

Note: Make this salad ahead of time so that the dressing has time to soften the kale. You can also make this dressing dairy-free by omitting the parmesan and replacing it with nutritional yeast (as seen in the picture).

 

Kale Caesar Salad

Ingredients

1-2 bunches Lacinato Kale

1 bulb of roasted garlic

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tbsp of capers

1tbsp of caper juice

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

1/3 cup of nutritional yeast or parmesan cheese

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

 

Instructions

For the kale:

  • Wash and remove rib from the middle of each leaf. Chop and set aside

 

For the dressing:

  • Add all the ingredients except the olive oil to a food processor or blender, blend until almost smooth.
  • Add olive oil in a slow thin stream until dressing is thick and creamy.
  • Add about half the dressing to a large bowl containing your chopped kale—depending on how much kale you have.
  • Using your hands massage the dressing into the kale until well coated.
  • Cover and set in the fridge for at least a few hours.
  • Take out and serve!

 

This is excellent with grilled chicken skewers or salmon and a side of Millet with chopped herbs.

 

 

 

 

 

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