My friends! This is so simple, and so easy. No frills. No bells. No whistles. That is, of course, if you don’t consider a dreamy Caesar dressing something to write home about [and it totally is!!]. I, for one, absolutely love Caesar salads. Of course, it’s without question because of the salty, smooth, creamy dressing that gives this kale chicken Caesar salad LIFE [and me life… because dressings are e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.]. And naturally my favorite nutty, gritty Parmesan cheese.
Quick story: so I was in the kitchen making New Year’s Eve dinner [what was supposed to be a decadent rosemary and Parmesan pasta with shrimp] and the sous chef was under the weather and pretty much out for the count [except of course I was the one asleep before midnight! Pretty standard, actually — I always joke around about turning into a pumpkin after 10 p.m. [cinderella, anyone?] because I never manage to stay awake any later!]. Who’s with me here?!
So I’m in the kitchen, grating the Parmesan cheese [definitely something the sous chef usually takes care of] and just like butter, I grated the entire outside of my thumb. Yes, major CRINGE. And naturally, I am so paranoid about grating cheese now… [flashback to 2010, I did the EXACT same thing on a mandolin making potatoes au gratin]. I’m thinking maybe a little less wine, a little more focus here! I know, such an appetizing post today [for those of you on a diet, you’re welcome!].
But back to this kale Caesar: it was my first time grating cheese since then, and let’s just say I was a teensy weensy bit more careful. And the freshly grated Parmesan cheese is SO worth it. I know I’ve talked about this before — but I love that kale is such a hearty green that you can dress it the night you’re having it for dinner, and still take it for lunch the next day without being soggy [even with massaging it!]. The flavors just get better. So simple. So easy. So healthy. Just don’t count the calories in the dressing. It tastes better that way, too!