Kale Caesar Salad

Light Kale Caesar Salad

I feel like all of my great inventions happen the same way: someone tells me about a Great Thing that exists. I get really excited about it. I experience the Great Thing and it’s nothing like I imagined. I make my own version. See the Green Tea Ice Cream Cocktail, that time I made a Doctor Who fanvideo, and this Kale Caesar Salad.

One of my biggest food pet peeves is when caesar salad is smothered in dressing. Gross. So here’s a light caesar salad with all the flavour you could want, and everyone’s favourite leafy superfood, kale.

Ingredients

  • 1 small clove garlic, minced (use a garlic press if you have one)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon mustard (dijon, for best effect)
  • 2 cups washed, de-stemmed kale, ripped into reasonable pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated parmesan cheese
  • optional: croutons, I’d suggest homemade ones for cost-effectiveness
  • optional: 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Combine the garlic, olive oil, and mustard in a small container and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, add the lemon juice to the kale and massage. If you’re not familiar with the practice of massaging kale, welcome to a whole new world. It makes this tough green tender and delicious within a minute or so of squishing between your hands. It’s done when all the kale is a rich, dark green.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil mixture over the massaged kale, and toss. If you don’t want a ridiculously garlicy salad, just drain the olive oil onto the greens – the garlic will have imparted its flavour to the oil while they sat aside.
  4. Sprinkle parmesan over the greens and toss again.
  5. Add crutons if desired. To make this salad into a meal, I love to fry and egg and plop it on top for some protein. If you know how to poach eggs, that’s an even healthier option.

Serves 2 (side) or 1 (meal)

– Arlie

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One comment

  1. Sounds intriguing, and hopeful for all of us who have grown tired of romaine .
    But never mind poaching eggs, mine always look anaemic and messy and wet.
    Go ahead. Fry away.
    Ami

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