Kale Caesar Salad

You may not know this, but part of my job involves working behind a deli counter, I serve but I also make salads and do a bit of cooking. Working in a hot, fast paced and often stressful kitchen creates a lot of close friendships, it also creates a fair bit of playful teasing. So when I mentioned that massaging kale makes for a good raw salad the other day, I had to endure laughter and endless jokes about ‘happy endings’.

Unimpressed, I made this salad out of spite. I’m incredibly stubborn when I want to be and dammit, I wanted to prove them wrong. So here it is

Kale Caesar Salad (with added massaged onion)

For the onions

  • 1 large red onion
  • a generous splash of lemon juice
  • a pinch of salt
For the salad
  • Lots and lots of kale (a big bags worth), torn into bite size pieces
  • Croutons/crackers, crushed. About 1 cup worth
For the dressing
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.5 tsp capers, minced
  • 1/2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • a splash of tamari
  • Juice of one small lemon
  • 3/4 cup good quality olive oil
  • salt and pepper
For the parmesan topping
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 clove garlic
  • pinch of salt
  1. Firstly you want to thinly slice the red onion. Add it to a bowl with the lemon and salt and massage for a few minutes, until they go a beautiful bright pink and get a little soft. Set aside
  2. Tear the kale into small pieces and put into a large bowl. Add a drizzle of olive oil, a splash of lemon and a little salt. Massage for 3 minutes or so, you’ll notice the leaves begin to get tender and wilt. Add the crushed croutons. Set aside
  3. Mix together all the dressing ingredients with a whisk. If you don’t have a garlic press, just blitz the garlic and capers in a food processor. Set aside.
  4. To make the parmesan topping, blitz the cashews and garlic together in a food processor.
  5. Assemble the salad by adding the onions and dressing to the kale and croutons. Use tongs or clean hands to mix it all together. Sprinkle on a generous amount of the topping, give it a quick toss and then serve.

Makes 4 generous portions

I served mine with fried seitan and it was awesome!

Hopefully we’ve learnt a valuable lesson from this. When it comes to kale, I’m always right.


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