Kale, Caesar! With this easy recipe, anyone can make that uber-pricey Panera and Freshii Kale Caesar Salad

Now that amazingly delicious Caesar dressing can be made at home! Crunchy, colorful, and packed with fiber and nutrition, kale Caesar salad is a new twist on an old classic that’s sure to please! Easy for everyday dining but elegant enough for a holiday table, this kale salad recipe will be a year-round favorite. Serve with a delicious bowl of Creamy Tomato Soup and some Sourdough Soda Bread on busy work nights!

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Healthy Caesar Salad

  • A little goes a long way! Kale is nutrient-dense and a good choice if anyone’s counting calories, so a little bit goes a long way helping everyone power through the day!
  • Kale is actually a form of ‘leaf cabbage’, and it holds up better than lettuce which means this salad can be made in advance and will stay crispier longer. Even leftovers last longer!
  • In peak season, kale bunches can be huge! One bunch can easily feed up to 10 people, which makes this bistro-style salad affordable enough to feed a crowd!

ingredients to make Kale Caesar Salad


Fresh ingredients ensure the best-tasting results! Choose fresh as much as possible and see what a difference it makes!

KALE: Kale has been the queen of the veggies for a while and there are always new ways to use it. Choose bunches that are heavy, free of torn or discolored leaves, and smell fresh.

DRESSING: Fresh is best for that classic garlicky-anchovy-lemony flavor that only comes in a freshly blended Caesar dressing. Fresh cheese, capers, garlic, and especially lemon juice provide that signature taste to Caesar dressing.

VARIATIONS: Make a protein kale Caesar salad by topping a bed of dressed greens with a grilled chicken breast, some chilled bay shrimp, a poached or Smoked Salmon fillet or tofu. Or keep it meat-free but add crunchy proteins like walnuts, hazelnuts, or sunflower seeds. Add cooked and chilled slices of beets or shredded zucchini and carrots for a heartier salad. No capers or anchovies? Here’s Vinaigrette Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe that’s a lighter version and it’s bright and tangy, too!

kale croutons cheese and dressing in bowls to make Kale Caesar Salad

How to Make Kale Caesar Salad

Kale Caesar salad is ready in no time, just a few easy steps:

  1. Whisk dressing ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt, if desired.
  2. Add kale and croutons to a large bowl and toss with 2/3 cup of the dressing. Add more dressing, if needed.
  3. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve.

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Tips for Kale Caesar Salad

  • The best way to remove the ‘spine’ in the center of the leaves is to gently tear the leaves from the stem by holding them upside down and tearing towards you. Then stack the leaves on top of each other and chop into pieces.
  • Save on washing dishes and prepare the dressing in a mason jar or a cruet. Simply give it a vigorous shake and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Capers can be crushed with the back of a knife or chopped very fine if they’re too big and might overpower the flavor.

Storing Kale Caesar Salad

Keep salad covered in a container in the refrigerator up to 4 days. Toss before serving and add a little extra parmesan before serving.

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Kale Caesar Salad

Using fresh and simple ingredients, this Kale Caesar Salad recipe puts a healthy twist on a classic recipe.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Candace


  • 1-2 bunches kale chopped, about 8 cups
  • 2-3 cups croutons
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese freshly shredded

Caesar Dressing


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together Caesar Dressing ingredients (or shake in a mason jar or cruet). Add salt if desired.
  • To a large bowl, add kale and croutons. Add about ⅔ of the dressing and toss well. Add more dressing as desired. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve.


Store Kale in refrigerator for about 4 days.
Keep remaining dressing in the refrigerator for about 2-3 days. If stored longer, there is a risk that the garlic, which has extremely low acidity, may produce botulism, a serious toxin, and that is not a risk worth taking.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 191 | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2217IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Dressing, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine American

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Recipe based on Jillian Harris recipe


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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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  1. 5 stars
    This is an amazing recipe! I do use Romaine and make my own sourdough croutons. This salad dressing is the best👌! Always get raves about this salad!