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Kale Caesar Salad Recipe

Crunchy kale meets classic Caesar in this vibrant kale caesar salad recipe. Crisp greens, tangy dressing and a sprinkle of Parmesan create a flavor explosion that will have you craving more!

Kale Caesar Salad Recipe

A traditional kale salad usually combines crisp kale, fruit, nuts and a vinegrette type dressing. This caesar salad twist is one of my favorite ways to dress up a kale salad!

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This is the best caesar salad in my humble opinion because it has the perfect combination of crunchy texture and creamy dressing.  It’s like a flavor explosion in every bite!

This salad has replaced traditional caesar salad in all of my meal preparation because it’s also fairly healthy and low carb.  Omitting crunchy croutons means it’s keto friendly too.

Kale Caesar Salad Recipe

We love that this crisp salad only needs a few simple ingredients from the grocery store! And it makes the perfect side dish for summer, great for pairing with smoked hot dogsBBQ burgers or grilled venison steaks.

Kale Caesar Salad Recipe

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Kale salad ingredients

Kale Caesar Salad Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh kale, chopped
  • 1.5 cups of romaine lettuce, chopped (about one head)
  • 1 cup red cabbage, sliced (1/4 of a small head of cabbage)
  • 1/2 cup ceasar salad dressing *
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup crispy bacon bits (4 slices bacon cooked and chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp capers, drained
  • Lemon juice

* I love, love, love this homemade caesar salad dressing but your favorite store-bought brand will work too.

kale salad ingredients chopped

Directions:

  1. Chop up the vegetables.

​Tip: Peel the kale leaves from the kale stem before chopping it into bite-sized pieces.

kale salad greens mixed together

2. Toss the lettuce, kale and cabbage in a large mixing bowl.

kale salad ingredients mixed in bowl

3. Add dressing, capers, bacon and cheese.

4. Toss to combine.

5. Add a squeeze of lemon juice. 

6. Top with extra parmesan cheese and serve.

Kale Caesar Salad Recipe

Recipe Substitutions:

  • Curly kale, lacinato kale, baby kale or tuscan kale all work.
  • Add green onions, red onion or chives.
  • Make homemade croutons and add them to the salad.
  • Add black pepper, fresh herbs or a pinch of salt to taste.
  • Make our homemade dressing with a combo of mayonnaise, worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, anchovy paste and garlic cloves.
  • Top with crispy chickpeas, nutritional yeast or panko breadcrumbs for even more texture.
  • Add raisins, dried cranberries or chopped apples for a touch of sweetness.
Kale Caesar Salad Recipe

Tips & Tricks:

  • Store salad in an airtight container or covered in plastic wrap in the fridge for a day.
  • This is best prepared separately from the dressing and then combined when ready to serve.
  • Not a fan of caesar dressing?  Try a mixture of olive oil, greek yogurt, vinegar and lemon zest instead.
Kale Caesar Salad Recipe

This is the perfect side dish for the warm summer months because it’s easy to prepare in advance and bring to an event. Just store the salad dressing separately until ready to serve.

Kale Caesar Salad Recipe

The mixture of tender kale and creamy homemade dressing is my favorite way to prepare caesar salad in the summer.  It makes the perfect addition to our barbecue menus with its classic caesar flavor and crunchy lettuce.

Seriously, my mouth is watering just typing up the recipe for you!

Kale Caesar Salad Recipe

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Kale Caesar Salad Recipe

Kale Caesar Salad Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Crunchy kale meets classic Caesar in this vibrant kale caesar salad recipe. Crisp greens, tangy dressing and a sprinkle of Parmesan create a flavor explosion that will have you craving more!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh kale, chopped
  • 1.5 cups of romaine lettuce, chopped (about one head)
  • 1 cup red cabbage, sliced
  • 1/2 cup ceasar salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits (4 slices cooked and chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp capers, drained
  • Lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Chop up the vegetables.
  2. Toss the lettuce, kale and cabbage in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add dressing, bacon and cheese.
  4. Toss to combine.
  5. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 216Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 556mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 7g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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