This lemon kale caesar salad is an easy take on a classic Caesar salad, and it will keep well if you make it in advance. The crunchy kale is tossed with a creamy, lemony caesar dressing and topped with crunchy croutons and Parmesan cheese for the perfect combination of flavors and textures. If you want to make this a complete meal, add some grilled or roasted chicken, shrimp, or salmon.
Ingredients For the Dressing (or use store-bought) – 3 cloves garlic, grated or minced – 1 egg yolk, pasteurized, room temperature – 1/4 cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed – 1 or 2 anchovies – 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard – 1 teaspoon yellow mustard – 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce – ½ cup light olive oil – ¼ teaspoon black or white pepper – Salt to taste – ½ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
Tear the kale leaves from the ribs (the tough stem) and toss the ribs. Chop the kale into small pieces and add it to a large bowl.
Add the croutons, Parmesan cheese, bacon and extra toppings or garnishes like lemon wedges (optional) to the salad. Toss and serve in salad bowls.
– If you’d like to make the salad ahead of time, keep the croutons separate until it’s time to serve.
– This kale Caesar salad will keep well in the fridge for up to five days stored in an airtight container. It will stay fresh if you don’t add the croutons. If they are added, they’ll get soggy sitting in the salad for that long.
You can top it with roasted chicken, shrimp or salmon to make a complete main course or enjoy it as a simple side salad. The best part is that the sturdy kale holds up well as leftovers, which means you can incorporate this recipe into your weekly meal prep and also enjoy fresh and crisp next-day leftovers
Our lemon kale Caesar salad is an easy take on the classic Caesar, featuring crisp kale instead of traditional romaine lettuce. Tossed in a creamy, lemony dressing and topped with buttery croutons, crunchy bacon and Parmesan cheese, this version is nutrient-dense and full of flavor!