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Bi-Rite Market's Lemony Kale Caesar Salad

[Photograph: France Ruffenach]

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food to give away this week.

Kale is one of those winter stalwarts—we love its hearty, green flavors and reliable presence in the produce section, but sometimes we run out of creative kale ideas. To counter any kale ennui, here's a Lemony Kale Caesar Salad from Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food, a bright, unexpected take on our winter go-to green.

The recipe takes a super charged Caesar dressing (think plenty of lemon, garlic, and anchovies) and uses it to dress dark green leaves of kale. While the recipe calls for dinosaur or lacinato kale you could easily use the curly variety, just be prepared to let the dressing sit for a while before serving so that the acid has a chance to soften the leaves.

Why you should make this: If you're plum out of ideas for kale, this recipe will add a brightness to your winter salad repertoire, not to mention inspiring all sorts of other kale salad ideas.

Next time we might think about: Slicing the kale even finer since it does have a tendency to be a little tough when eaten raw.

Adapted from Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food by Sam Mogannam and Dabney Gough. Copyright © 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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