On a recent trip to California’s wine country we decided to have a picnic during a bike ride and stopped by the Dry Creek General Store in Healsburg to pick up some sandwiches and were absolutely blown away. It was a foodie’s dream and everything looked delicious.
We settled on some sandwiches and as a side got the kale Caesar salad. We made the mistake of getting a small 1/2 pint of it, and we both wished we could have had more.
Back home, we’ve tried duplicating the recipe with a modest success using our “eggless Caesar salad dressing” and home-made croutons made from our Tuscan bread. Hold off on adding the Parmesan to the dressing when you use it in the Kale salad…directions explain why.
- 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoon anchovy paste
- 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 6 or 8 drops of Tabasco sauce
- 1 large garlic clove, crushed
- Ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup of olive oil
- 4 oz. grated parmesan cheese (omit this ingredient for now if using in the Kale salad)
Direction for Dressing:
- Put first 6 ingredients in the food processor and process until it makes a paste.
- Between each addition, fold in dressing with a small spatula.
- Add the lemon juice & process.
- Add the olive oil & process.
- Add the grated parmesan & process.
Notes: Better if made beforehand to let the flavors blend.
Directions for croutons:
I used our Tuscan bread to make the croutons. Cut them into small squares, lightly oiled the pan with olive oil, and put the croutons to bake in a 250 degree oven for about 25 minutes. Turned off the oven, and “Voilà!” the little rather stale day old pieces of Tuscan bread became croutons!
Ingredients for the salad:
- 1/2 lb. kale, washed, and cut in narrow ribbons
- 1/2 cup eggless Caesar salad dressing
- 1 cup croutons, “smashed”
- 4 oz. coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
Directions for the salad:
- Coarsely grind the Parmesan cheese in a food processor.
- Smash the croutons so that they are in small pieces.
- Toss the kale, the Parmesan, the croutons, and the dressing together and serve.