Kale Caesar Salad

Kale Caesar Salad

I think my apartment is haunted. Some of my things have been showing up in really weird places lately and last night my bathroom light turned on by itself.  I’m not kidding.  I know that you will try and talk me into thinking that I just left the light on accidentally or that maybe my cat somehow learned to flip the switch.  No way Jose.  I’m not convinced.

In my ghost-paranoid sleep I got exactly 2.3 hours of sleep.  It was a bit of a rough night.  In order to keep myself from completely freaking out I decided to stay up the rest of the night and hide out in my kitchen.  Naturally, this led to me trying to figure out what to do with a loaf of day-old bread from the local bakery that was too amazing to toss out. What else can you do with day-old bread at 4 am than make warm, toasty croutons fresh from the oven?  These disappeared a little too quickly for my comfort, but luckily that was my fault and nothing paranormal.

So, my apartment is haunted.  And I learned to make croutons.  What is new in your world?

Kale Caesar Salad
Kale Caesar Salad
Kale Caesar Salad
I’ve been on a big raw kick lately.  Lots of raw vegetables, raw salads, and raw salad dressings.  I was  excited this week at the prospect of making a raw kale caesar salad.  But then I decided that nothing could make a kale caesar salad better than fresh croutons.  Of course these croutons entirely defeated the purpose of making the salad dressing raw, but who am I to say what’s what.  So, have your raw kale salad and eat your croutons too.

 

Raw Caesar Dressing
 
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Recipe type: Dressing
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup raw cashews, soaked several hours or overnight
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • juice from 2 lemons
  • 1 pitted Medjool date
  • 2 large stalks celery
  • 2 - 3 raw garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon kelp granules (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Soak the raw cashews in plain water for several hours or overnight. Drain water. Add cashews to a food process or blender. Add the additional ingredients and process/blend until smooth. Add more water if necessary depending on desired consistency.
Notes
Yield: 1 cup of dressing Adapted from Choosing Raw
Croutons
 
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Recipe type: Sides
Ingredients
  • 2 cups bread cubes from day-old bread
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried or fresh thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with thyme and garlic powder. Toast bread for 5 minutes. Flip croutons and toast for an additional 3 minutes.
Notes
Your bread may require more or less cooking time depending on how old it is.
Kale Caesar Salad
 
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch of green curly kale, stems removed, torn into pieces
  • Raw Caesar dressing
  • Croutons
  • Coarse black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Add ¼ cup of dressing onto kale. Massage dressing onto kale with your hands. (This will help to soften the kale and keep it from being tough.) Add more dressing if desired. (Note: there will be extra dressing left over. Reserve this for additional salads.) Top with croutons and serve.
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Comments

  1. Shana says

    Wow, I SO have to try this. I have avoided Caesar salad for a long time because I was afraid of the questionable ingredients in it – but this raw version looks delicious.

    And I’m sorry your apartment is haunted – but it brought out great croutons. Yay for croutons!

    Seriously – sorry about the haunting. I’ve felt like one of my homes was haunted before. NOT a pleasant experience.

    • says

      Thanks Shana! The funny thing is I’ve lived here for a year and half with no previous problems so maybe it’s just a ghostly presence passing through. :) Take care!

    • says

      They always used to take my stuff. We solved the problem. We have “bling blings” around the house for the spirits to be attracted to, instead of my keys.
      The Salad looks gorgeous, and I’m going to try that dressing! Yum.

  2. says

    I love your site. I just found you on tasteSpotting. I am so making this salad as I am totally in love with kale salads and I’m always looking for a new recipe to try. I have my go-to kale salad but I think I’m eating it way to much. Don’t feel bad about the croutons here, I add parm cheese to my kale salad. Sometimes you need to add that comfort kick, right?

    When I was 3 we lived in a haunted house for about 1 year. It was on an old plantation back East. My brother and I shared a room and woke up one night to see our green ottoman above us on the ceiling. It was moving across the ceiling right over our heads. SCARY! We both remember it to this day and I never sat on that ottoman again. Anyway, that is my story!

    Have a great weekend and I am totally going to follow your site via email!

    • says

      Thanks Jacquelyn! I’m so glad you stumbled across my blog! :) That sounds terrifying! I haven’t had any more situations lately so hopefully nothing else will happen!

  3. says

    Oh my gosh! I hope your place isn’t haunted. That would completely creep me out too. I hate being in the house alone. I always look out of my bedroom thinking I saw someone walk by. It’s really dark out here. This kale salad looks fabulous! I’m with Jacquelyn…I’m so glad I stumbled by your blog!

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