This Easy Kale Caesar Salad is a lighter and vegan take on a classic! The perfect side dish beside any lunch or dinner, this healthy, clean eating (and gluten free!) kale salad so good. And the best part? A super simple dressing made with lemon, olive oil and garlic and those homemade croutons!
I mean, how can you go wrong with leafy greens, lemon, garlic topped with hearty, whole grain bread all seasoned to perfection in the form of homemade croutons?
How can you go wrong with a HEALTHY, CLEAN EATING caesar salad that you can actually feel good about eating?
Sign me up for seconds, please!
This recipe may look like a lot of ingredients and many, many steps but I promise it’s not as bad as it looks!
Caesar salad is beyond a classic and I can’t really think of anyone who truly doesn’t love a big bowl of Caesar. It’s creamy, super savoury, and garlicky with tons of crunch. I mean, really.
But today I take that classic, creamy caesar and transform it into a magical lightened up and healthy (read: totally vegan/plant-based possible and gluten free) bowl of good-for-you deliciousness.
And because this olive oil dressing is pretty much a flavour explosion.
And because only clean eating, wholesome and nourishing ingredients used here.
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This caesar salad uses curly kale instead of the traditional romaine lettuce. By finely chopping the kale and using lots of the lemony dressing to massage the kale gives a super tender, nutrient-packed based. And trust me – you won’t be missing the traditional romaine lettuce here.
And most importantly, I can’t get over this dressing! Flavourful to the MAX. It’s an olive oil – Dijon – tamari/gluten free soy sauce – fresh garlic – lemon combination that is sure to impress. I stir in a little nutritional yeast, which is optional but highly recommended for a kind of cheesy, kind of nutty flavour while still keeping a cheesy texture if you’re going for a plant-based salad. Otherwise, load this baby up with parmesan cheese.
And then those crunchy croutons! Homemade croutons are the best! If you’ve never made your own croutons at home… DO IT NOW! They are just so good.
I use any bread that you have on hand, really (gluten free, whole grain, stale, those crusty ends of the loaf that always seem to get eaten last – whatever you got!). It’s roughly chopped into small pieces and seasoned with just a little bit of olive oil, salt, pepper and my favourite spice combo as of late – garlic powder, italian blend and sweet paprika. (<– I put this combo on everything!!)
The best part? These croutons aren’t overly greasy or salty like a lot of store-bought, boxed varieties (and no crazy preservatives or additives here!!) – just lightly seasoned in a super addictive, you better make extras kind of way because they are super easy to snack on while this salad is coming together.
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This recipe was originally published in May 2016. Photos and recipes have been updated and re-posted in August 2018.