Baby Kale and Chicken Caesar

As far as salads go, Caesar is indisputably king, and this tasty rendition is proof. The shortcut dressing relies on mayonnaise rather than egg yolk for an easier swap, and packs a generous amount of classic flavor thanks to Parmesan, Dijon, anchovies, and garlic. You’ll toss this mixture with crunchy sliced Brussels sprouts and baby kale, plus cooked chicken to make it an extra satisfying dish. The homemade croutons just might be the star of the show. Soft white sandwich bread allows each piece to be well-coated with olive oil, meaning they roast to crisp perfection. P.S. While this recipe makes for a standout dinner, it also works as a side salad—keep the chicken or replace it with avocado or shrimp.

Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 serves


  • 3 slices soft white sandwich bread, torn into 1-in. pieces

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus ⅓ shaved Parmesan, for serving

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 2 anchovy fillets (from a can or jar), finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, thinly sliced

  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken breast (from 1 chicken)

  • 1 5-oz. pkg. baby kale


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss bread, oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Spread in an even layer and bake until golden brown and crispy, about 10 minutes. Transfer croutons to a bowl and let cool for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk mayonnaise, ½ cup water, grated cheese, garlic, anchovies, mustard, lemon juice, and remaining ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add Brussels sprouts, chicken, and kale; toss gently to coat.

  3. Transfer salad to a platter. Top with croutons and shaved cheese.

    Baby Kale and Chicken Caesar Recipe
    Caitlin Bensel

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

581 Calories
38g Fat
32g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 581
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 49%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 1159mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 28g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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