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Chipotle Kale Caesar Salad

This Chipotle Kale Caesar Salad is packed with all the flavor of a Caesar salad, with a little extra nutrition from the kale and a nice spicy kick from chipotle peppers!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Entree, Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caesar Salads, Healthy Salads, Kale Salads
Servings: 6 servings (as a side dish)
Author: Sues

Ingredients

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 4 anchovies
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups kale, cleaned, ribs removed, and chopped roughly
  • 1 batch garlic chili croutons (recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Garlic Chili Croutons

  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups cubed french bread
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Coarse salt

Instructions

  • Put garlic, anchovies, chipotle peppers, dijon mustard, egg yolk, and lemon juice in a blender and puree until smooth.
  • Slowly pour olive oil into the dressing, while continuing to blend, until you reach desired consistency. You may need a little less than 1/4 cup. 
  • Place chopped kale in a large bowl and drizzle Caesar dressing over it, trying to lightly coat as much kale as possible. Use your hands to gently massage the dressing into the kale for a more tender kale. Top salad with croutons and shredded parmesan cheese.

Garlic Chili Croutons

  • In a medium pan over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add garlic to pan and cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Add bread to pan and sprinkle with chili powder and coarse salt. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring gently with a wooden spoon, until crispy.
  • Discard garlic and let croutons cool.