I’m on a plane to Los Angeles as I write this, wishing I were headed to my favorite Malibu boot camp, The Ranch at Live Oak. If you haven’t heard of the place, it’s a luxurious boot camp where they kick your butt for a week with 12-mile hikes every morning followed by yoga, TRX, circuit training, and other torturous workouts. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, the setting is beautiful and the vegan food is fabulous. In March, Ranch owners Sue and Alex Glasscock will finally publish a cookbook (the kale salad recipe, below, is my favorite). I’ve already pre-ordered it.
The Ranch Kale Caesar Salad
1 cup raw cashews
1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp. salt
Juice of 1 lemon
1 big bunch kale, stemmed, torn, and “scrunched” to soften
1 red onion, shaved thinly
Put first four ingredients in a small food processor and blend until smooth, adding water as necessary to get a creamy dressing consistency.
Toss the kale with the dressing and to with shaved red onion.