This delicious Kale Caesar Salad is bright, fresh, hearty, and so delicious! The creamy tahini caesar dressing, crispy chickpeas, and perfectly cooked chicken all come together to make the perfect salad.

Why You’ll Love This Lemony Kale Caesar Salad with Chicken!

  • It’s hearty – the addition of kale makes this salad hearty, delicious, and filling. This is a great way to use kale if you’ve been looking for some new ways to add it to your diet.
  • It’s full of flavor – fresh lemon zest, the best tahini caesar, crispy chickpeas, and perfectly seasoned chicken all come together to create a salad that is PACKED with flavor!
  • It’s SO EASY to make – this salad has a few step to get you to the end goal but each one couldn’t be easier.

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Kale Salad Ingredients

Chicken Breast: to make sure this salad is packed with protein we’re using boneless skinless chicken breast. The chicken is seasoned simply but perfectly and is a great addition to the salad.

Kale: this recipe calls for tuscan, also called lacinato, kale.

Romaine: I like to combine both kale and romaine in my salad so that’s what we’re doing here!

Pumpkin Seeds: not only are pumpkin seeds delicious and add some extra crunch to the salad, they’re also packed with nutrients.

Crispy Chickpeas: these are crispy, delicious, and add the perfect crunch to the salad.

Red Onion: a little red onion adds just the right amount of delicious onion flavor.

Lemon Zest: fresh lemon zest is such a delicious addition to this salad. The lemon flavor combined with the tahini caesar dressing and all of the other elements of the salad is just so good.

Shaved Parmesan: this is a must have in any good Caesar salad. It adds the perfect salty, nutty, bite.

Tahini Caesar: this creamy dressing pulls the salad together in the most flavorful way.

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Ingredient Substitutions

  • Curly Kale – if you prefer the taste or texture of curly kale then feel free to swap it for tuscan kale in this recipe.
  • Pumpkin Seeds – swap the pumpkin seeds for sliced almonds or chopped candied nuts instead.
  • Chickpeas – don’t have time to roast the chickpeas? no problem! just rinse them, drain them, and then add to the salad. If you still want that extra crunch then feel free to buy pre-made crispy chickpeas instead!
  • Chicken – swap the chicken for another protein, like salmon, if you prefer! You could also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs if you like.

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Creamy Tahini Caesar

What pulls this salad together is the delicious and creamy tahini caesar dressing. It’s a fun spin on a traditional caesar dressing that I know you’ll love!

Here’s what you need:

  • greek yogurt
  • tahini
  • garlic
  • parmesan cheese
  • water
  • lemon juice
  • dijon mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce

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Recipe Variations

  • Add extra veggies – want to add a few more veggies to your salad? go for it! Bell pepper, cucumber, or tomato would all be delicious additions.
  • Add fruit – try throwing in a handful of dried cranberries or thinly sliced apples to the salad.
  • Keep it vegetarian – leave out the chicken altogether and add some diced avocado instead.

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How to Make this Kale Caesar Salad Recipe

Step One: Make the crispy chickpeas! Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a large baking sheet parchment paper. Spread the chickpeas onto the baking sheet and drizzle on the olive oil. Toss the chickpeas until coated in oil. Roast the chickpeas at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, or until the chickpeas are crispy and deep golden brown. Remove the chickpeas from the oven and immediately season them with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Toss until well coated.

Step Two: Make the tahini caesar dressing! Add the Greek yogurt and tahini to a mixing bowl and whisk together until well combined. Next, slowly stream the water into the tahini mixture while whisking until well combined. Next, whisk in the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, crack black pepper, and salt. Lastly, fold in the grated parmesan cheese. Adjust the salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste. If you would like the dressing to be a thinner, add an additional tablespoon of water at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.

Step Three: Add the chopped kale and chopped romaine to large mixing bowl. Toss with a few spoonfuls of caesar dressing until well coated. Top the salad with pumpkin seeds, sliced red onion, crispy chickpeas, lemon zest, and shaved parmesan cheese. Set aside while you make the chicken.

Step Four: Season the chicken breast on both sides with salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the olive oil and then add the chicken breast. Cook for 5 minutes per side until the chicken is golden brown and internal temperature is 165 degrees. Let the chicken rest for five minutes before slicing.

Step Five: Top the salad with the warm chicken and serve.

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Meal Prep Tips

Want to make this recipe for your weekly meal prep? Here are my favorite tips:

  • Make the chickpeas: you can make the crispy chickpeas a few days in advance and store them in an airtight container in your pantry. 
  • Make the dressing: make the dressing in advance and then store in an air-tight container like a mason jar.
  • Chop and store your veggies: make throwing your salad together extra easy by chopping your veggies in advance and then storing in air-tight containers in the fridge.
  • Assemble but leave off the dressing: you can easily assemble the salad a day in advance and leave off the dressing until 30 minutes to an hour before serving.

How to Store

Store any leftover salad in an air-tight container in the fridge for 1-2 days.

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Kale Caesar Salad

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  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: lunch and dinner
  • Method: oven and stoevetop
  • Cuisine: italian inspired
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This delicious Kale Caesar Salad is bright, fresh, hearty, and so delicious! The creamy tahini caesar dressing, crispy chickpeas, and perfectly cooked chicken all come together to make the perfect salad.


Ingredients

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For the Salad:

  • 4 cups chopped lacinato/tuscan kale
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup crispy chickpeas
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup shaved parmesan cheese

Tahini Caesar

  • 1/3 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Crispy Chickpeas

  • 115oz can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and dried with kitchen towel
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

For the Chicken

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast (split in half lengthwise)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Make the crispy chickpeas! Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a large baking sheet parchment paper. Spread the chickpeas onto the baking sheet and drizzle on the olive oil. Toss the chickpeas until coated in oil. Roast the chickpeas at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, or until the chickpeas are crispy and deep golden brown. Remove the chickpeas from the oven and immediately season them with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Toss until well coated.
  2.  Make the tahini caesar dressing! Add the Greek yogurt and tahini to a mixing bowl and whisk together until well combined. Next, slowly stream the water into the tahini mixture while whisking until well combined. Next, whisk in the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, crack black pepper, and salt. Lastly, fold in the grated parmesan cheese. Adjust the salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste. If you would like the dressing to be a thinner, add an additional tablespoon of water at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.
  3. Add the chopped kale and chopped romaine to large mixing bowl. Toss with a few spoonfuls of caesar dressing until well coated. Top the salad with pumpkin seeds, sliced red onion, crispy chickpeas, lemon zest, and shaved parmesan cheese. Set aside while you make the chicken.
  4. Season the chicken breast on both sides with salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the olive oil and then add the chicken breast. Cook for 5 minutes per side until the chicken is golden brown and internal temperature is 165 degrees. Let the chicken rest for five minutes before slicing.
  5. Top the salad with the warm chicken and serve.

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15 Comments

  1. This dressing was amazing! I added anchovy paste, but even before that it really tasted like a true ceasar. This salad is also great in a wrap.

    1. Ashlea Carver says:

      I’m so glad you loved it, Anisa!

  2. Love this salad! Easy to throw in anything else I have on hand like avocado or peppers. I also love this dressing so much!






  3. Never made my own salad dressing before— this recipe is PERFECT. 10/10. So delicious! I can’t wait to make it again soon.






  4. The best dressing ever! Yes, I reviewed this before, but made it again and love this salad.






  5. LOVE THIS DRESSING!!! I have been making kale caesar salads for a few years now, and just getting tired of my dressing. This one really brought back the yum. I’ll admit- I don’t make my own chicken- I just buy chicken tenders from the hot bar at my local grocery store and reheat in the air fryer. For the dressing- I thin it out a bit more, but I just like less-dressed salads. Overall, one of my favorites.






  6. Delicious! Loved how all the flavors complemented each other. Cooked chick peas at 425 for 20 min to speed things up.






  7. This recipe felt daunting because it has quite a few moving parts and I’ve never made my own dressing before but let me tell you, Ashlea does such an incredible job outlining every single step with such detail ….YOU CANNOT MESS THIS UP. And it is SOOO worth it!!! It came out PERFECTLY. Made this as a side for lasagna tonight for a dinner party, and held off on the chicken, and everyone was so blown away. Several people said “omg dinner was great but the salad was my favorite part.” This is the best caesar salad ever and the kale and romaine are the best vehicle for this thick and creamy dressing! So good. Thank you so much!!!






  8. WOW WOW WOW!! This recipe is SO GOOD. The dressing! The crispy chickpeas. It’s amazing how perfect this is!!






    1. Natalie Perkins (ATHT) says:

      I’m so glad you loved this one, Dani! Thanks for leaving a review!

  9. Came together so quickly and tastes amazing!






    1. Natalie Perkins (ATHT) says:

      I’m so glad you loved it, Annie! Thanks for leaving a review!

  10. Delicious and easy! The crispy chickpeas were amazing and a great addition to the salad. One of the few Caesar salads that my husband and I can have as a main course and both feel satisfied!






  11. Loved this! This was delicious. The only change was that I lightly pickled the onions, husband doesn’t do well with raw but pickled fine.






  12. Lenora McNamara says:

    Made this tonight – delicious!