Curly kale is the best choice for this salad. It can withstand the weight of the dressing and stay crunchy-even days later. Take the time to really work the kale leaves, tearing and massaging along with the soak in hot tap water. The extra effort will make for a much more enjoyable, crunchy (not chewy) salad.
Ingredients for the Caesar Dressing:
½ cup mayo
¼ cup parmesan, grated
2 Tbl lemon juice
1 Tbl White Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tbl Worcestershire
1 Tbl Dijon mustard
½ tsp anchovy paste
1 garlic clove, grated
½ tsp Pacific Blue Salt
½ tsp freshly ground Tellicherry Peppercorns
Directions for the Caesar Dressing:
Process everything except oil in blender for 30 seconds, with blender running add oil until emulsified.
Ingredients for the Salad:
2 bunches curly kale, ribs removed
¾ cup Caesar dressing (recipe above)
Directions for the Salad:
Tear the leaves from the ribs and chop or tear into bite-sized pieces. Don't be afraid to really manhandle the leaves. Place in a very large bowl and fill with hot tap water. Soak for about 5 mins and then lift the kale from the water. Don't pour into a colander because you will pour the sand at the bottom of the bowl onto the leaves, defeating the purpose of rinsing the greens.
Dry thoroughly and add in the Caesar Dressing. The kale should be dressed in advance—up to 6 hours—to allow the kale to relax and take in the dressing. Before serving, adjust with additional dressing. Be sure to taste the kale before doing this. Garnish each serving with shaved parmesan.