Kale Caesar Salad

 Photo and recipe by  Gimme Some Oven

Photo and recipe by Gimme Some Oven

INGREDIENTS

Kale Caesar Salad:

  • 4 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 4 cups chopped Romaine lettuce or just 8 full cups of kale if you don't want to use any romaine
  • 2 cups croutons - I just use any type of bread that I have, toast it and crumble it afterwards
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 batch Lime Caesar Dressing, below
  • optional: 1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes

Lime Caesar Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt 
  • 1/2 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons anchovy paste, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed or finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 3-4 tablespoons almond milk

Alternative Paleo Caesar Dressing:

  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • ½ teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1 teaspoon preserved lemons (or the zest of 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ⅓ cup avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease 

Instructions

Caesar Salad:

  1. Add the kale, Romaine, croutons, Parmesan, dressing, and tomatoes (if using) to a large bowl. Toss until combined.
  2. Serve immediately.

Lime Caesar Dressing:

  1. Add all ingredients except almond milk to a small mixing bowl, and whisk together until combined and smooth.  Whisk in a tablespoon of milk at a time until the dressing reaches your desired consistency.
  2. Use immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

Alternative Paleo Caesar Dressing:

  1. Add all the ingredients listed under “dressing” to a tall glass jar that’s barely wide enough to accommodate the head of your immersion blender and let them sit for a few seconds, just long enough for the egg to settle comfortably underneath the oil.
  2. Insert your immersion blender and push it all the way down until it makes contact with the bottom of the jar.
  3. Push the power button and do not move the blender for a full 20 seconds. This will cause your dressing to emulsify and become lusciously thick and creamy.
  4. After 20 seconds, start moving your blender around and up and down just to make sure that every last bit gets well incorporated. Set aside.
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