Kale Caesar Salad

Kale Caesar Salad

Kick your salad game up a notch with this healthy and delicious Kale Caesar Salad!

I love a good salad. Especially in the spring and summer. I'm obsessed with eating salads with tons of fresh, in season veggies. Sometimes I pile on the goodies, even adding chicken or tuna to make it more hearty, and other times I go the simpler route. 

This Kale Caesar Salad is just that. Simple. Fresh kale, homemade croutons, Parmesan cheese, and a homemade dressing. That's it. And really, that's all you need. This has been my go-to lunch for the last week. I just can't get enough!

Kale Caesar Salad
Author: Sarah Bates | The Chef Next Door
Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients:
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, smashed
Pinch of red pepper flakes
2 cups Italian bread cubes (cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
1 small bunch of kale, tough stems removed, torn into pieces
Shaved Parmesan cheese

For the dressing:
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Kosher salt and black pepper

Coat a medium skillet with the two tablespoons of olive oil. Add the garlic clove and the red pepper over medium heat. Cook the garlic for about five minutes, until it becomes golden and aromatic. Remove and discard the garlic clove. Add the bread cubes and cook, stirring frequently, until they are golden brown and crispy. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In the bowl of a blender or a food processor, combine all of the dressing ingredients, except the salt and pepper. Puree until the mixture is smooth. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and taste. Adjust seasonings if needed. 

In a large bowl, massage the kale with about half of the dressing. Add the croutons and and the rest of the dressing and toss to combine. Top with shaved Parmesan cheese and serve.

Bon Appetit!