kale caesar salad

Not too long ago I had to prepare my first Kosher meal for a special event. For the first course, the clients requested a kale caesar salad, but since the meal had to be kosher, that meant no eggs or cheese. Caesar salad is made from an aioli base, which includes eggs, and is seasoned with grated parmesan…how would I achieve the same flavors without using those ingredients? Luckily, I found the perfect vinaigrette! Since I myself am not on a kosher diet, I added in the Parmesan for my salad…what can I say? I love my cheese!

kale caesar salad
kale caesar salad

Serves 4


Kale chicken caesar salad

30 minTotal Time

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    Salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Remaining ingredients
  • 8 cups kale, torn
  • 2 cups sourdough bread, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lb roasted chicken
  • grated Parmesan cheese, desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare salad dressing. Blend all ingredients except olive oil in a blender. Slowly add olive oil while the blender is on, emulsifying the vinaigrette.
  3. Massage kale with 1/4 cup salad dressing. Let sit 20 minutes or until softened.
  4. Toss sourdough bread with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Lay on baking sheet and bake for 7-10 minutes or until bread is golden brown. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Toss together kale with roasted chicken and croutons. Sprinkle extra parmesan cheese if desired and 2 tbsp more salad dressing. Portion onto 4 plates. Serve.

**Helpful tips and common mistakes

Caesar salad is great because it’s simple yet full of flavor. It’s usually a heavier salad with the mayo, anchovies, and cheese, but this vinaigrette lightens it up. To make it even healthier, choose kale instead of romaine lettuce. 

I skip the store-bought croutons which can be full of preservatives, and make my own at home. It’s incredibly easy to make, simply toss and season the bread and bake. To make them even more special, use sourdough bread to give another flavor element to the salad. 

You can top the salad with chicken, shrimp, steak, salmon, or serve with just the croutons for a side salad. The tangy dressing is well-balanced with the grated Parmesan and dijon mustard, creating a delicious caesar salad. Lunch is served!

kale caesar salad

kale caesar salad



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