Baby Kale Caesar Salad

Serves 4-6

  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 anchovy fillets packed in oil (optional)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste (if using anchovies, you will probably need very little salt)
  • 3-4 slices whole wheat or spelt bread, cut into 1/2-in. cubes
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 oz. baby kale, washed
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced Parmigiano-Reggiano (I like to use a vegetable peeler)
  1. Combine dressing ingredients and mix well. If using the anchovies, mix until fillets have dissolved into the dressing.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Toss bread cubes and olive oil on a baking sheet until cubes are well coated; bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until brown and crisp.
  3. Combine kale and croutons in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss well. Add half of the Parmigiano and mix again. Top with remaining cheese.