Wednesday, February 19, 2014

avocado kale caesar salad


This is totally my new favorite meal. Like, I ate it for lunch every single day last week favorite.

Let's talk about this dressing, because that's what makes this really special. It's the easiest and least freaky Caesar dressing you'll ever make, since there's no raw egg or anchovies involved. Wait, does that still make it Caesar dressing? Don't care. It tastes AMAZING. 

Avocado Kale Caesar Salad (dressing slightly adapted from Absolutely Avocados)
4 servings, with extra dressing

for the dressing, you'll need:
1 avocado, halved and pitted
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for serving

for the salad, you'll need:
9-10 cups baby kale
2 cups croutons

To make the dressing: place the avocado flesh, olive oil, Parmesan, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic cloves, Worcestershire, red pepper, salt, and pepper in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.

Place the kale and croutons in a large bowl. Add the dressing a bit at a time until it's dressed just to your liking. Sprinkle with extra Parm and black pepper if desired.

Yum, so good! P.S. The dressing can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Enjoy!

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32 comments:

  1. What an unusual dressing - sounds great! I need to get some baby kale and eat this!

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    1. The dressing is what MAKES this! I hope you love it as much as I do!

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  2. YUM!! I'm all about some avocados...I'll have to try this soon!! xo

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    1. Me too... I go through them at an embarrassing pace. Hope you love it!! xo

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  3. I love Kale Caesar salads! There is a place here in downtown Atlanta that make the best..

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  4. I am LOVING the sound of this! I am totally going to make a vegan version :).

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  5. I must have one of these now. Need. So delicious!!

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  6. bookmarking this. i recently made a caesar-style kale pesto that i loved and also a caesar-like kale salad...introducing avocado sounds genius!

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  7. love the idea of this creamy dressing..

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    1. The creamy avocado is the best part of this!

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  8. I am not even a big salad eater and you make me want one!! Looks great!!

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  10. I LOVE Caesar salad. Always ALWAYS order it at every Italian restaurant I go to. This looks so good will have to make it !!!

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  11. This salad looks SO good!! I love caesar dressing, but do not like using raw eggs - this is the perfect solution!!

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  12. I'm always looking for new salads-this one looks delicious and easy! Yum!

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    1. Thanks Dawn! It really is so delicious!

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  13. I like that you described the dressing as "least freaky" haha. Great salad. This dressing may just be the antidote to the ickiness I feel toward kale salads.

    - http://chezsasha.com/ :)

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    1. Haha, the raw egg is just a little weird for me! I hope you'll give this a try -- the creamy dressing is perfect with the kale!

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