One18 Empire's kale Caesar salad

While One18 Empire, located in Calgary Marriott Downtown, is known as a whisky bar, the fresh and local food that chef Eric Larcom prepares is so much more than just food to go with the drinks. After cooking at renowned restaurants, Larcom settled into his career at the Marriott, cooking all over the U.S. before his current position in Calgary. Here, he makes a simple and savoury kale Caesar salad with preserved lemons. Try it at home!

1 bunch kale, cleaned and stemmed
1 loaf Italian bread, crust off
4 tbsp chopped garlic
olive oil, as needed
salt and pepper, as needed
preserved lemon vinaigrette

Clean and stem the kale, chop and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 525°F.

In a large bowl, tear the bread into large chunks, coat with oil, garlic and season with salt and pepper.

Place the bread on a sheet pan and put into oven just until the edges are deep golden brown.

Toss the kale in the vinaigrette, place in your favorite salad bowl with the croutons, grate parmesan on top and serve.

Preserved lemon vinaigrette

2 tbsp chopped garlic
2 whole preserved lemons
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
4 black anchovies
4 cups canola oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Blend everything together but oil with hand blender. Slowly drizzle oil until used up. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

6 servings