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Fresh and Flavorful Chopped Kale Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing

Fresh and Flavorful Chopped Kale Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing

Sep 19, 2023

Nicole Jones

Fresh and Flavorful Chopped Kale Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing

When it comes to salads, the classic Caesar is a timeless favorite. But why not take it up a notch with a twist? In this recipe, we'll show you how to create a chopped kale Caesar salad with a dressing made entirely from scratch. Get ready to savor the bold flavors and nutrient-packed goodness in every bite.


For the Salad:

  • 1 bunch of fresh kale (Lacinato or curly kale works well)
  • 1 cup croutons (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced

For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 anchovy fillets (optional for the classic Caesar flavor)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


1. Prepare the Kale:

  • Wash the kale leaves thoroughly and remove the tough stems. Pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels.
  • Chop the kale into bite-sized pieces and place it in a large salad bowl.

2. Make the Dressing:

  • In a blender or food processor, combine the mayonnaise, fresh lemon juice, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, anchovy fillets (if using), and a pinch of black pepper.
  • Blend until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  • Taste the dressing and adjust the flavors by adding more lemon juice, mustard, or black pepper to suit your preference.

3. Assemble the Salad:

  • Pour about half of the dressing over the chopped kale.
  • Using clean hands, massage the dressing into the kale leaves. This helps to soften the kale and infuse it with flavor. Continue massaging for about 2-3 minutes.

4. Add the Toppings:

  • Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the kale.
  • Toss in the croutons, cherry tomato halves, sliced red onion, and hard-boiled egg slices.

5. Finish and Serve:

  • Drizzle the remaining dressing over the top of the salad.
  • Finish with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and an extra sprinkle of black pepper if desired.
  • Toss everything together until the salad is evenly coated with the dressing and the toppings are well distributed.

6. Serve and Enjoy:

  • Plate your chopped kale Caesar salad in individual bowls or on a large platter.
  • Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and a few croutons.
  • Serve immediately and relish the vibrant flavors of your homemade masterpiece.

This chopped kale Caesar salad is a refreshing and satisfying dish that marries the boldness of Caesar dressing with the wholesome goodness of kale. It's perfect as a light meal on its own or as a side dish to complement your favorite entrée. Enjoy the freshness and the satisfaction of creating this delicious salad with homemade dressing from scratch!