I’ve always been kinda ehhh about kale… it’s sorta rough and I never chop it into small enough pieces….
but baby kale? Baby kale is my jam! So cute and delicious and hellooooo healthy.
Now I’m going to call this a “caesar salad” because I didn’t use any anchovies or anchovy paste in the caesar dressing. I feel like to be called a true caesar that it needs anchovies BUT it’s freaking delicious anyways so I don’t care that much lol.
I made this caesar salad the other weekend for friends and decided that it was good but needed a little extra something. And that extra something was different nuts (sliced almonds instead of pine nuts) and protein… shredded chicken!
Sooo let’s talk about ingredients… we start with a bed of baby kale, add a sprinkle of sliced almonds and crotons, then another sprinkle of shredded chicken, and top it all off with a drizzle (or four) of our creamy caesar dressing and parmesan. I recommend shaved parmesan, even though I have shredded pictured here… Mr. Brady bought the wrong kind at the grocery store ha! For the chicken, I made mine extra easy and stupid fast in my Instant Pot but you can make it any way you choose then just shredded it and toss it into this amazing baby kale caesar salad!
Finally, let discuss the best part of this salad… our creamy caesar dressing!! So tangy, creamy, tasty, and EASY. All you do is add olive oil, minced garlic, plain greek yogurt, lemon juice, dijon mustard, sea salt, pepper, and apple cider vinegar to a mason jar then shake it like crazy and boom! The BEST creamy caesar dressing to drench our baby kale and shredded chicken caesar salad in. Sound good to you? GOOD.
baby kale & shredded chicken caesar salad
- 10 oz baby kale
- 1 pound cooked and shredded boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup shaved or shredded parmesan + extra for garnish
- 1-2 cups croutons
- creamy caesar dressing (see below)
creamy caesar dressing*
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
- juice of one lemon
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- healthy pinch sea salt and black pepper
- Toss baby kale, shredded chicken, almonds, parmesan, and croutons together in a large bowl.
Make creamy caesar dressing: Add all dressing ingredients to a mason jar then shake until completely combined.
Drizzle dressing over salad, garnish with extra parmesan then serve!
*creamy caesar dressing recipe yields about 1 cup of dressing... you should only need like half of this for the salad recipe - save the rest to dunk veggies in as a snack 🙂
How is it already Thursday?! I mean… I’m not complaining but MAN where do the days go? Time sure flies. Hope your week has been great 🙂
p.s. more salad recipes here!!