Dinosaur Kale Caesar Salad


I was at a beautiful wedding last week in upstate New York’s scenic Hudson Valley, and went to a small Italian restaurant in the quaint town of New Paltz.  A Tavola focused on using locally grown produce in their unique and delicious dishes, not to mention the fresh pasta they used!  I ordered this Dinosaur Kale Caesar Salad because we have been knee deep in kale and really wanted to see how this tasted.  It was so amazing I couldn’t stop thinking about it whenever I was hungry, so I made it when I returned and have had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner…a few times!


  • 1 head dinosaur kale
  • 6 cloves garlic, mashed and minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise or veganaise
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Lemon juice
  • Minced anchovy fillets or 1 TBSP anchovy paste
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated


  1. Combine garlic, mustard, vinegar and two pinches of salt in a blender and mix thoroughly.
  2. Add mayonnaise and blend together to form a thick base.
  3. In a slow stream add olive oil through hole in lid.
  4. Scrape dressing with spatula into a bowl and season to taste with salt, pepper and lemon juice.
  5. If desired, add anchovy to dressing to create a deeper, saltier taste.
  6. Add dressing to the kale and top with Parmesan cheese.