I frequently order a kale salad when I see it on a restaurant menu, especially a kale Caesar salad. I just think that kale is sturdy enough to stand up to a tangy, creamy dressing. It’s pretty great. That’s why it’s a trendy cliche, right? So I made it at home. I think that’s where my culinary creativity is right now: recreating stuff I already know I like.
This is obviously a super simple dinner, but what makes it great, is the quality of what you use. I hate that I went all Ina Garten on you, but when you’re just eating greens, chicken, croutons and dressing, you’re gonna notice if your dressing sucks, you know?
My go-to Caesar dressing:
-1/4 cup lemon juice (1 juicy lemon’s worth)
-1t Worchestershire sauce
-1t anchovy paste
-3/4 cup grated Parmesan
-2 cloves of garlic
-1/2 cup olive oil
-salt and pepper
Just blend that all in a blender and stick in the fridge for a half hour or so. Give it a quick whisk before using.
The croutons are so good. I just make a loaf of bread. I swear it’s easy. I wouldn’t lie on the internet. My go-to, super-easy recipe is the master recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, and I pretty much exclusively use the dutch oven method. Once the bread is cool, cut into 1″ cubes and toss with olive oil and plenty of salt and pepper. (If you’re really like, as if Victoria I would never make my own bread, that’s fine. At least promise me you’ll buy a crusty loaf from the bakery section of the grocery and make you’re own croutons.) Bake the cubes at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes, tossing once halfway through. They are crunchy, salty cubes of deliciousness. I could just eat toasted homemade bread all day. But try to save some for the salad.
I’m going to assume you all know how to cook chicken? Or buy a rotisserie chicken and shred it. Whatever, I don’t judge. (Sometimes, I judge. I’m working on that.)
Thinly slice the kale. I like the curly kind over the dinosaur variety for salads. Toss the kale with some of the dressing. I give it a quick massage with my hands to fully coat the kale. Sounds gross, doesn’t it? Then add in the croutons, chicken, and a few Parmesan shavings. Enjoy! And then go ahead and give yourself a little pat on the back. Kale. Freaking. Salad. You’re basically the healthiest person ever. Go you!