Rustic Kale Caesar Salad


No dish is better during barbecue season than a crisp, fresh salad! Summer is the time for big bold flavours, and this salad has plenty!

Watch as I prepare a classic favourite with a tasty twist: Caesar salad with crisp kale and fresh romaine, drizzled in a delicious vinaigrette and topped with golden buttery croutons.

Rustic Kale Caesar Salad


4 cups kale, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces

4 cups romaine, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces

Parmesan, for shaving

Caesar Vinaigrette 

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1 heaping tbsp capers, finely chopped

1 clove of garlic, finely grated

1 tbsp SMAK DAB White Wine Herb, Curry Dijon Mustard, OR Hot Honey Jalapeсo Mustard

1 anchovy OR 1/2 tsp anchovy paste (optional)

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp hot sauce

1/3 - 1/2 cup parmesan, grated

Black pepper, to taste

1/2 cup olive oil

In a bowl, add all ingredients except the oil. Whisk everything until combined, then slowly drizzle in oil. Season with black pepper.

Spicy Mustard Croutons

3-4 cups of torn or sliced chunks of sourdough bread, (or any stale bread!) about 1”-1.5” pieces

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp melted butter

1/2 tsp sriracha (or your favourite red hot sauce)

1/2 tsp SMAK DAB (any flavour will do!)

Salt and pepper, to taste


In a bowl, add oil, butter, hot sauce, mustard, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the croutons and toss to combine until wellcoated.

Preheat oven to 325F. Spread the croutons onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake in the oven for about 10-15 minutes, or

until the croutons are lightly golden brown and crispy. Allow to cool.

To assemble, add the kale to a large serving bowl. Spoon over half the dressing, and toss thoroughly to combine. Allow to sit for

10-15 minutes (the dressing will soften the kale slightly, making it more tender). Add the romaine, and toss with the kale. Add

more dressing if it needs (taste testing is a good idea here, to gauge how heavily dressed you prefer it).

Once the greens are dressed, sprinkle on a couple handfuls of croutons, and lightly toss into greens. Finish with parmesan

shavings, and coarsely ground black pepper. Delish!!