Kale "Caesar" Salad

vegetarian kale caesar salad
vegetarian kale caesar salad photo by carmen troesser


8 oz. day-old sourdough bread, cut into 1-inch cubes and crust removed
½ Tbsp. half-cracked black peppercorns
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Pinch salt

1 sheet kombu seaweed*, rinsed with cold water for 30 seconds and then roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
Juice of half a lemon
¾ cup light mayonnaise
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 head romaine lettuce, leaves torn
1 bunch kale, stemmed and roughly chopped

Shaved Parmesan cheese for garnish


• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

• First, make the croutons: In a large bowl, combine the sourdough cubes, half-cracked peppercorns, olive oil and salt, making sure all of the bread is evenly coated. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until browned, turning halfway through cooking. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

• Meanwhile, make the dressing: Place the seaweed, garlic, mustard, Worchestershire, lemon juice, mayonnaise and 1/3 cup of grated Parmesan in a blender. Blend until the seaweed pieces are finely chopped.

• Remove the bowl from the blender base and place it in the refrigerator until ready to use.

• In a large bowl, combine the romaine and kale.

• Just before serving, add the dressing to taste, season with salt and pepper, and gently toss. Top with Parmesan shavings and black-pepper croutons.

* Available at Whole Foods, 1601 S. Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, 314.968.7744, wholefoodsmarket.com

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