Kale Caesar Salad Recipe
If you still haven’t ventured into the delicious world known as kale and chard, let me reassure you, there’s a reason for the green food craze!
People often ask me for recipes so they can become familiar, and comfortable, with these greens. This recipe is a delicious way to test out the world of kale and chard.
Kale and chard are the new spinach. Both are incredibly good for you. Kale has the benefits found in broccoli, cabbage, and radish. Chard is in the spinach family, and has all the same benefits. All cancer-fighting, youth-promoting. Kale even helps your brain because of the sulfuric compounds.
In this recipe, I was able to blend two types of kale, chard, and a few amaranth leaves. I didn’t go crazy on the amaranth leaves, as I didn’t want it to change the recipe too much.
This recipe is versatile. You won’t actually need any amaranth in this recipe. I added it because our garden is going crazy with leafy food! You can use any type of greens you have. Since most grocers now carry either kale, chard, or both, let yourself have the adventure of these greens. If you have access to other greens, like mustard or kohlrabi greens, toss those in here too! If you’re not feeling too adventurous, you can also use regular romaine or spinach.
- Thoroughly wash your greens. Shake off excess water. Then, chop.
- Into the bowl they go! Add half of your greens, dressing & 1/3 of the cheese.
- Toss well to coat. The volume of greens will shrink.
- Add the other half of the greens, dressing, 1/3 of the cheese. Toss again. Watch the greens compress.
- Use homemade caesar dressing. It’s very inexpensive and wildly easy to make.
- Place in serving bowls. Sprinkle remaining cheese over salad.
- Or, top with onion flower. Onion flowers from the garden give a light onion flavor. Did you know these are also edible?
Lasts in the fridge about 2 days (if people somehow resist scarfing it down).
Ready to dive in, foodie friends? Here we go!
- 1 bunch organic kale – kale is notoriously sprayed with a lot of pesticides
- 1 bunch chard (or any mashup of greens that you might have)
- 4 tablespoons Caesar Vegan Dressing (I love this co-op and buy it from them)
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
- Optional: 1/4 cup chopped green onion, chives, or onion flower
- Wash your greens well.
- Remove the fibrous stems (you can keep the softer portion of the stem).
- Reserve the stems in your veggie crisper, as they are great in a smoothie, soup, or sauteed.
- Shake off excess water.
- Chop greens into 1-inch pieces. (Pro tip: Stack the leaves. Make long slices from top to bottom. Then, cut so that you have 1-inch pieces.)
- Add greens to a bowl.
- Add dressing and cheese.
- Mix thoroughly.
- If the greens don’t all fit in your bowl, mix half of the greens and blend with half of the dressing & cheese. Then add the other half and blend.