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Kale Caesar with Goat Gouda, Avocados and Homemade Croutons


A few weeks ago I was invited to the opening of Messhall in Los Angeles to partake in an amazing media dinner. I was stuffed with steak tartare tacos, lobster mac n cheese, incredibly memorably cheese grits, the best pork chop of my life and a kale caesar salad I can’t stop thinking about. I was fortunate enough to accompany the incredibly dashing Greg Henry of Sippity Sup, sit with a small group of food writers, publicists, bloggers and magazine editors on the patio of the iconic space that once housed The Brown Derby. a Los Angeles landmark turned into the hip new Mess Hall with a summer camp chic vibe and a menu that is both familiar and vibrantly new.

Although all the food was memorable (how can I forget corn on the cob with smoked tomato butter?), there was something about that salad that I couldn’t stop thinking about. The simplicity and perfectly balanced flavors, how the kale was such an improvement over Romaine, how had I never thought of this?

Even weeks later, when a waiter at a different Los Angeles restaurant attempted to talk me into ordering the kale salad at his place, I had to mention to him the perfection of Mess Hall salad.

So here is my version, a Kale Caesar with Goat Gouda, Avocados and Homemade Croutons. But if you’re in Los Angeles, stop by Messhall for the real thing.


Triple Berry Blueberry Beer Cobbler


  • Six cups of berries (I used 2 cups each blackberries, strawberrries, and blueberries) Frozen is fine
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, plus 2 tbs divided
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbs corn starch
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberry beer
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 tbs butter (1 1/2 sticks) cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbs beer


  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. In a pot over medium high heat, add 4 cups berries (reserve 2 cups mixed berries for the end), 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, corn starch and beer. Allow to simmer until reduced and thickened, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, add reserved 2 cups of berries, stir to combine. Add to a deep dish pie pan.
  4. In a bowl, add 2 tbs brown sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and stir to combine.
  5. Add the butter, rub into the flour until well combined and resembles course meal.
  6. Add the milk and 1/2 cup beer, stir until combined.
  7. Gently add the flour topping, a bit at a time, to the pie pan until the berries are covered.
  8. Bake at 450 until the topping has turned a light golden brown, about 18 minutes.
  9. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the cream, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 2 tbs beer. Whip on high until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes.
  10. Serve the cobbler topped with whipped cream.

 (I was provided with a delicious free dinner & cocktails from Messhall,  

however I was not monetarily compensated for this review.

All ideas and opinions are my own.)

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Cassie October 3, 2012 um 10:59 am

Amazing! I love a homemade Caesar salad and the kale here gives it a great kick, I love kale!


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 4, 2012 um 9:49 am

Love, love, love this version! And I’m a huge caesar fan so this salad is just screaming my name!


Ashley – Baker by Nature October 4, 2012 um 9:56 am

I love kale in salads: this is gorgeous!


Bree October 4, 2012 um 12:17 pm

How creative-I love it!


Maggie October 4, 2012 um 2:56 pm

I have to admit that I just tried Kale and my hubby and I both liked it! We will try this for sure. I was wondering what else to do with it.


sippitysup October 4, 2012 um 3:10 pm

Gorgeous and delicious, I can attest! GREG


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I love everything about this salad! So many favorites.


Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies October 5, 2012 um 3:14 pm

I had my first kale salad about a month ago and it was so good. I’m not a big fan of salad greens so this was totally a revelation to me.


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Would love a dish of that right now! Looks so deliciously healthy. 🙂


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