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I'm always looking for quick and easy dinners to make - especially on a Friday night when I'm usually pretty exhausted after a hectic week. Once the good weather rolls around, I also get a hankering for salad. One of my favorites over the past few years has been this simple Kale Caesar Salad. I like to call it a "sort-of" kale caesar because the dressing is homemade and certainly not the calorie laden version you will buy in the store. It is just as delicious and takes only 2 minutes to whip up, though!
Now a little bit of salad won't keep me satisfied for long. Usually I will pair this with whatever I have on hand. That may mean adding some chicken, making some garlic bread or throwing a frozen pizza in the oven.
You heard me, frozen pizza. I am a HUGE pizza snob and there's only one frozen pizza that I will eat. And let me tell you, it is every bit as good as your local pizzeria. Maybe even better.
I bet you've seen Freschetta pizzas in the supermarket and wondered if they were any good. Well, they are delicious! There's also a huge selection to choose from. My personal favorite is the 5 Cheese Brick Oven variety but we also regularly get the Freschetta 4 Cheese Supreme and Pepperoni varieties.
It's very important to me that I feel good about what I feed my family. Freschetta pizzas are made with high quality ingredients. That means no chemical leaveners, 100% real cheese and sauce that's made with 3 sun-ripened tomatoes.
Paired with the healthy fresh - and not to mention simple - ingredients in the kale salad, you've got yourself a delicious dinner that will delight your family any night of the week.
Anchovies optional :-)
Kale Caesar Salad
- 2 large bunches of Lacinato Kale Dinosaur Kale, cleaned, stems removed and cut into bite sized pieces. Alternatively, baby kale is milder and can be bought prewashed in bags.
- 2 to 3 large cloves garlic smashed and finely chopped
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup lemon juice from approximately 2 medium lemons
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- 10 turns freshly ground black pepper
- ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup whole wheat croutons
- shaved Parmesan for serving optional
- Wash kale. Remove stems and cut into bite size pieces. Alternatively, empty bag of baby kale into a big bowl.
- Smash garlic and finely chop. Combine in a bowl with lemon juice, salt, red pepper and black pepper. Whisk to combine then slowly pour in olive oil to emulsify, all the time continuing to whisk.
- Add the dressing to the kale, making sure all the leaves are coated. Set aside.
- Crush approximately half of the croutons and add to the salad. Finally, add grated cheese and mix.
- Just before serving, add remaining whole croutons and shaved parmesan.
Grab a Freschetta Pizza the next time you're at Walmart and throw it in the freezer. You'll have an easy dinner right at your finger tips the next time you need it!
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