Kale Caesar Salad

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Hey all, how was everyone’s weekend? Yesterday I went to what felt like the most blissful yoga class. Since moving to Boston, I haven’t really been able to commit to a routine the way I did when I was in college. I think it’s mainly been due to two reasons… A) struggling to find the right class where I can really zone out and get a good workout, while not feeling like I am in vinyasa boot camp, and B) studios around here are awfully pricey.

Then Sunday happened, and I found the resolution to all of my problems. I walked into a nice toasty (but not too hot) studio that looked like Free People and Anthropologie had a beautiful lovechild. Dark hardwood floors, patterned wallpaper, sliding reclaimed wooden doors, and only $5 for a Sunday class! I can get used to this.

Anyways, after an afternoon of some serious hamstring stretching, I was feeling mighty hungry, but I wanted something that felt both clean and filling. This led me to my current favorite, kale caesar salad with a lemony vinaigrette. This salad is light, but hits that savory cheesy note I’m always craving (without feeling guilty afterwards). Luckily my yoga studio is next door to Trader Joe’s, a win win!

For the salad
1 cup chopped de-stemmed kale
1 cup chopped romain
1 piece of whole-grain toast, cut into cubes
1/2 cup grilled chicken breast
1 whole diced roasted red pepper
1/3 diced avocado
1/4 cup shredded parmasean

For the dressing
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp fresh or minced garlic
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
A dash of Italian seasoning
salt & pepper

In a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and set aside. In a separate large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, lightly tossing in the dressing, then dig in!

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