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This is an easy salad & better for you that the traditional Caesar with romaine. I made a different dressing for it than I am posting here (a traditional Caesar dressing) – but I wasn’t as happy with it as I was with my Avocado Caesar Salad Dressing with Jalapeno & Cilantro – so I am going to repost that recipe here instead. The photos do not show that dressing on the kale, however. Just FYI.
My kale was rather sad & limp so I removed the ribs & tore it into bite-sized chunks & immersed it in ice water for 15 minutes. Worked like a charm!
Massaging the kale changes the color from that uninspired sage green to a vibrant forest green. No candles or aromatherapy required.
Massaged Kale and Avocado Caesar Salad Dressing with Jalapeno & Cilantro
Parmesan cheese – shaved
Croutons (homemade or otherwise)
Lots of freshly ground pepper
Wash the kale in cold water (immerse it for 15 minutes in ice water if you feel it is a bit limp) and spin or pat it dry. Remove the ribs & tear it up. Massage it for 2-3 minutes – a good deep tissue massage – until it looks all bright green.
For the dressing
2/3 cup mayonnaise
2 garlic cloves – chopped or pressed through a garlic press
juice of half a lemon
1 TBS olive oil
1/2 large jalapeno (or more) seeded & chopped
1 ripe avocado
handful fresh cilantro
S&P to taste
Blend everything in a food processor. Add more olive oil or WATER if you feel it is too thick.
Toss the kale with some dressing. Add the cheese & croutons & lots of freshly cracked pepper. Feel healthy enough to drink a whole bottle of wine with it as your reward. Now THAT is a happy ending!