Massaged Kale and Avocado Caesar Salad Dressing with Jalapeno & Cilantro

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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!


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