The Perfect Kale Caesar x2

If I'm known for just one thing in the kitchen it would absolutely be my kale caesar salad(s).

ONE

Version one is not healthy.
This is the original version complete with cheese and cheese and well, more cheese. It is the most delicious salad you've ever had because basically it's cheese disguised as salad. I've made this recipe about 50x and have even had friends come over with the ingredients just for me to make it for them. It is a winner on every level except the waistline.

Sinful Kale Caesar

Ingredients

This makes 4-6 servings 

  • 1 cup of parmesan cheese (ok, I just use the whole standard store bought wedge normally -don't judge me, healthier one ahead...)
  • Juice of two limes (2-3 tbsp)
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 bunches of kale cut into small bite sized pieces with scissors 

Directions

1. In a vitamix or super powerful blender add the cheese, lime juice, mustard, olive oil and garlic, blend on high until the mixture completely emulsifies. 

2. Place chopped kale in a bowl - pour dressing directly over top and mix. This can sit in the fridge for hours ... I think it's even better the next day!

3. You can add croutons and bacon if you really want ... I'm somewhat of a salad purist. Also if you happen to have extra cheese grate it on top and just get down with your bad cheesy self.

TWO

Version two was inspired by my blogger crush obsession Oh She Glows.
This lady is a genius and I love her but I do have a few tweaks to her recipe. As I rule I rarely, if ever, follow recipes exactly to a T. It's part of my rebel without a cause side to my personality, wild Christie in the kitchen! The first time I made this I didn't have time to roast and entire garlic head so I took a quick and delicious shortcut - I mircoplaned  five cloves of garlic and in a frying pan with a tablespoon of olive oil heated it up for about 45 seconds - just until it started to smell AMAZING. The results were out of this world... Matt thinks this is better than the original. I tend to agree.

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Delightful Kale Caesar

This makes 4-6 servings... don't double this recipe it doesn't work out that well!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole almonds - soaked for at least 12 hours in water
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lime juice (juice of two limes)
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 bunches of kale cut into small bite sized pieces with scissors

Directions

1. Place the almonds in a small bowl and add enough water to cover them. Soak for at least 12 hours. Drain and rinse. Add just the nuts to your vitamix or blender. 

2. In a small frying pan or cast iron skillet add 1 tbsp of oil and mince or microplane zest (best tool EVER) 5 cloves of garlic right into the oil. Cook for about 30 seconds to a minute - the garlic will brown slightly and start to smell amazing. Don't over cook! Add the oil and garlic directly into the vitamix.

3. Add lime juice, dijon mustard, salt and olive oil to the blender. Blend on high until the mixture completely emulsifies. 

4. Place chopped kale in a bowl - pour dressing directly over top and mix. This can sit in the fridge for hours ... I think it's even better the next day!

5. Ok, If you want to be super healthy and not fry your garlic you could also just roast a whole head of garlic in the oven at 425 for 40 minutes - your call!

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