Kale Caesar Salad
This twist on the classic Caesar salad by the Blum Center for Health is heartier and healthier. Kale contains essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Instead of anchovies, garlic and lemon give this salad a vibrant Italian bite while the naked goat cheese gives it a Parmesan-like flavor. Any of the available varieties of kale will taste delicious. If you can’t find naked goat cheese, use regular Parmesan. To make this a vegan dish, skip the cheese all together.
Blum Center for Health (located just moments from Doral Arrowwood Hotel Conference Center in Rye Brook, New York) uses their expertise in Food as Medicine, Mind.Body.Spirit and Functional Medicine to custom design your treatment program. Classes offered include Nutrition in the Kitchen as well as cooking gluten free, and cooking with children.
Blum’s state-of-the-art, teaching facility is designed to be aesthetically pleasing, easy to navigate and environmentally friendly. Importantly, the kitchen was created to make visitors feel at home. Its 11-foot island can comfortably seat 12 people with plenty of space for food prep and cooking on the Wolf 36″ Induction Cooktop. (This cooktop does not use fossil fuel and is only “on” when the magnetic cookware is placed on it.) There are closed circuit television cameras and screens to project the cooking demonstration so that it’s easy to see what the chef is doing. The camera can also stream activity from the kitchen into the waiting room so that visitors can preview the classes. Because the kitchen is separated from the waiting room by a sound-proof sliding glass wall, clients, guests, and staff can see classes and know what an integral part cooking is to the Blum Center for Health. In addition to classes, Blum offers retreats and the use of its kitchen for private events.
Nearby at the hotel, there are plenty of ways to relax and unwind at Doral Arrowwood. This picturesque retreat hotel has been designed to accommodate executives and weekend leisure guests alike. The wellness services at Doral Arrowwood focus on fitness. The Westchester Health Club at Doral Arrowwood services include certified personal training; Massage services; Racquetball and squash courts; Two indoor tennis courts and three outdoor courts; Indoor/outdoor heated pool with lap lanes; Steam rooms; Sauna rooms; Recumbent bicycles; Free weights and dumbbells; Precor elliptical trainers; Life cycles/stairmasters; Nordic track; Treadmills; Concept II rower; Cardiovascular equipment; Aerobics; Sand volleyball court; Outdoor basketball courts.
- 1 bunch kale, rinsed and chopped into bite-sized pieces (Lacinato works best)
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1.5 lemons juiced
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- 4 oz. naked goat cheese (optional)
- Toasted pine nuts or walnuts
- Place the kale in a large salad bowl
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes until emulsified.
- Stir this dressing into the kale until all pieces are coated.
- Add the cheese and nuts and let it marinate for at least 3 hours (though overnight is even better).