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Whole30 Kale Chicken Caesar Salad + The Best Whole30 Caesar Dressing

You’ll love this low carb and Whole30 kale chicken Caesar salad with massaged kale, toasted almonds, perfectly cooked chicken, all covered in the best Whole30 Caesar dressing!

I’m one of those people who have always been a kale fan. I just think it’s so versatile and hearty, and I just love that it’s so nutritious as well. When it comes to salads, the best way to incorporate raw kale is to massage them so they soften and wilt, and the leaves turn much more palatable. And that’s exactly what I did for this Whole30 chicken Caesar salad, and it turned out fantastic!

Whole30 Kale Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

This kale Caesar salad recipe incorporates kale as the base lettuce instead of romaine, making it much more nutritious and hearty. Instead of croutons, you can get the crunchy and addicting texture from toasted and chopped almonds which I actually prefer.

Also. instead of using chicken breasts, I think chicken thighs are way more flavorful and juicy so that’s what I used. However, if you prefer chicken breasts, you can definitely use those instead.

The Best Whole30 Caesar Dressing

When it comes to Caesar salads, the dressing is the most important part and it’s what gives Caesar salad that zesty tangy flavor that it’s so well-known for. Making a Whole30 version is actually super easy and simple, and you just need some simple ingredients to whisk together:

  • Whole30 mayonnaise – make sure it’s made with avocado or olive oil, and doesn’t have sugar!
  • garlic
  • lemon juice
  • dijon mustard
  • anchovy paste – another one to read the ingredients carefully to make sure it’s Whole30 compliant
  • salt and pepper

The combination of salt, dijon mustard, and lemon juice really gives this Whole30 Caesar dressing that zesty and cheesy flavor without parmesan cheese. You’ll be surprised how much this Whole30 chicken Caesar salad tastes so much like the real deal!

Tips for Making Whole30 Kale Chicken Caesar Salad

This kale caesar salad recipe is made by preparing different components separately and putting them all together to serve at the end. To make it delicious with the best results, I think these tips will be helpful for you:

  • Kale is tough and crunchy raw, so make sure to massage the leaves very well until they are wilted. I recommend you do this towards the beginning, so the leaves have time to soften and marinate while you prepare the other ingredients.
  • This Whole30 Caesar dressing is on the thick side, and that how traditional version is as well. However, if you want to thin it out, you can do so by whisking in a little bit of dairy-free milk like coconut milk or almond milk.
  • You probably won’t need to use all the dressing to make this kale Caesar salad recipe. The Whole30 Caesar dressing can keep for up to 7 days chilled in the fridge, stored in an airtight container.
  • Traditional Caesar salad uses chicken breasts, but I used chicken thighs because it has way more flavor. Feel free to use whatever cut you prefer.
  • This Whole30 chicken Caesar salad can be made ahead of time and refrigerated. Because the kale leaves are so sturdy and they actually taste better wilted, the texture will still be amazing after sitting in the dressing overnight.

I personally think this kale chicken Caesar salad is way better than the original version. It’s way heartier, healthier, and has so much more flavor. If you can tolerate dairy, feel free add parmesan cheese to your salad if you’d like!

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Whole30 Kale Chicken Caesar Salad + The Best Whole30 Caesar Dressing

You'll love this low carb and Whole30 kale chicken Caesar salad with massaged kale, toasted almonds, perfectly cooked chicken, all covered in the best Whole30 Caesar dressing!
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword paleo caesar salad, whole30 chicken salad, whole30 dressing, whole30 salad, whole30 salad recipes
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 336kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 cups kale stems removed
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 lb skinless boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Whole30 Caesar Dressing

  • 1/2 cup Whole30 mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp anchovy paste
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Whisk together all the ingredients for the Whole30 Caesar Dressing and set aside.
  • Bunch up the kale leaves together and slice into thin strands. Transfer to a big bowl.
  • Add olive oil and 1/8 tsp sea salt to the kale leaves and massage for 3-4 minutes with your hands until they start to soften and wilt.
  • Add red onion slices to the kale and toss together. Set aside.
  • Heat a dry skillet over medium heat and add the almonds.
  • Stir frequently and toast for 4-5 minutes until golden and fragrant.
  • Remove from heat and cool slightly before roughly chopping.
  • Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Generously sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper on all sides.
  • Add the chicken in a single layer to the skillet and cook for 6-7 minutes until you can easily flip the chicken.
  • Flip and cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Remove from heat and cut into bite-sized slices.
  • Combine kale, onion slices, almonds, and chicken in a large bowl.
  • Drizzle with caesar dressing (you'll only need about half) and toss together before serving.

Notes

*Nutrition calculation is based on using 1/2 of the Whole30 Caesar Dressing for the entire recipe. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 5 | Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 726mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 161.1% | Vitamin C: 118.7% | Calcium: 16.7% | Iron: 13.6%
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Whole30 Cobb Salad (Paleo, Keto)

This delicious and filling Whole30 Cobb Salad contains all the flavors you love in a classic cobb with a healthier twist! I promise, you won’t miss the cheese at all.

Whole30 Cobb Salad

I know salads have a reputation of being “boring,” but my favorite meals with the most flavor are hearty salads with all the yummy ingredients. It all depends on what you add to a salad, and it’s important to include some delicious protein, fats, and textures to make them fun, vibrant, and keep you satiated for hours!

Whole30 Cobb Salad Recipe

This Whole30 Cobb Salad is a definitely a recipe that filling enough to be a meal on its own, and you’ll love it if you are a fan of classic cobb salads. It has hard boiled eggs, crunchy bacon, meaty chicken, along with the most refreshing combo of veggies like romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado.

The only thing it doesn’t include is to make it Whole30 and paleo is the blue cheese, but I don’t think you’ll miss it at all. The dressing is simple but adds a ton of flavor without the cheese! BUT, if you are keto and/or you aren’t bothered by dairy, feel free to add it to your liking.

Whole30 Cobb Salad
Whole30 Cobb Salad

Great for Potlucks and Picnics

This Whole30 Cobb Salad can be made ahead of time and is actually quite portable! It’s especially great during the Spring and Summer, because it’s so refreshing and the great weather makes dining outside so much more pleasant. Plus it’s such a crowd-pleasing recipe!

If you do decide to travel with this Whole30 cobb salad, you do need to make a small change in the recipe to keep it fresh and delicious. Because the lettuce can get soggy once the dressing is on it, just follow the instructions as is without the lettuce. Once you are ready to serve, you can add the lettuce and toss gently before enjoying!

Whole30 Cobb Salad
Whole30 Cobb Salad
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Whole30 Cobb Salad (Paleo, Keto)

This delicious and filling Whole30 Cobb Salad contains all the flavors you love in a classic cobb with a healthier twist! I promise, you won’t miss the cheese at all. 
Course Main Course, Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Egg cooling time 5 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 521kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 6 slices bacon sugar & nitrate free
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups cooked chicken diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 avocado diced or sliced
  • 3 stalks of green onions chopped

Dressing

Instructions

Hard-boiled eggs

  • Stovetop MethodBring water to a boil in a saucepan. Take out eggs straight from the fridge, then lower the eggs into the water gently, and let it come to a boil again. Once it does, lower the heat, and let the eggs simmer for 11 minutes. Prepare a large bowl with an ice bath. Once the eggs are done cooking, place them in the ice bath for at least 5 minutes. Peel the eggs under cold running water.
  • Instant Pot Method:  Pour 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot, and place a steamer basket or the trivet it came with over the water. Place the eggs on the steamer basket or the trivet. Close the lid, and make the sure the pressure valve is set to Sealing. Cook on high on Manual for 5 minutes, and prepare an ice bath. Once it beeps to a finish, quick release the pressure for slightly soft-centered eggs (like in my photos) or let it naturally release pressure for 5 minutes for true hard-boiled eggs. Immediately transfer the eggs to the ice bath and let them cool for at least 5 minutes before peeling.

Bacon

  • Fry bacon slices in a pan over medium heat until even browned and crisp, about 7 minutes.
  • Drain and roughly crumble. Set aside.

Assemble

  • Place romaine lettuce on the bottom of a large salad bowl.
  • Top with chicken, eggs, bacon, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and green onions.
  • In a separate bowl, combine all ingredients for the dressing and whisk together.
  • Drizzle over the salad and toss together gently before serving.

Notes

If you are making this ahead of time, follow the instructions but leave out the lettuce until it’s time to serve. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 197mg | Sodium: 518mg | Potassium: 712mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 91.1% | Vitamin C: 18.9% | Calcium: 5.3% | Iron: 14.9%
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Garlicky Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (Paleo, Keto, Vegan)

You’ll want to put this delicious & easy Garlicky Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce on everything. It’s keto and vegan, and has an amazing addicting flavor!

garlicky whole30 roasted red pepper sauce

A few years back, I used to live in Northern California in Marin County and my husband and I were obsessed with this restaurant in town, where they served really high quality pasture raised and grass fed meats, cooked to perfection.

One of my favorite dishes on the menu was their pork chops served with roasted red pepper sauce. The sauce was so tangy and wonderful, and it was the perfect combo with the meat. Even my husband, who hates peppers, loved that sauce. I recently started thinking about that meal and decided to recreate that sauce at home, and I’m obsessed with the result!

Garlicky Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Recipe

The one thing that made the sauce so special was how deliciously garlicky it tasted! The deep and earthy flavor came from the roasted garlic, and I tried to bring that into this Whole30 roasted red pepper sauce. If you’ve never roasted garlic before, it’s so easy and 100% worth it!

garlicky whole30 roasted red pepper sauce
garlicky whole30 roasted red pepper sauce

Ways to Enjoy This Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

There are SO many ways to enjoy this tasty sauce, but here are some of my favorites:

  • Drizzled over chicken, lamb, pork, or even fish
  • As salad dressing
  • Over roasted veggies
  • As a spread in a sandwich (if you are on the Whole30)
  • On a burger
  • As a pasta sauce with zucchini noodles
  • As a dip for crackers or chips

Tell me: How else would you enjoy this garlicky Whole30 roasted red pepper sauce? It’s so versatile, so make a big batch and keep it in the fridge for when you need a yummy sauce!

garlicky whole30 roasted red pepper sauce
garlicky whole30 roasted red pepper sauce
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Garlicky Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (Paleo, Keto, Vegan)

You’ll want to put this delicious & easy Garlicky Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce on everything. It’s keto and vegan, and has an amazing addicting flavor!
Course Condiment
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Bell pepper steaming time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 81kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, and grease a baking sheet
  • Peel off the outer layer of the garlic head and cut off the top to expose a bit of the garlic cloves.
  • Place on a baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tsp of olive oil.
  • Place the bell peppers next to the garlic, cut side down.
  • Roast for 30 minutes until the garlic is tender and the bell peppers are charred on the outside.
  • Remove from the oven, and place the bell peppers in a bowl and cover with a plate so they can steam for 5 minutes.
  • Peel and discard the skin of the bell peppers.
  • Squeeze out the softened garlic cloves in to a blender, along with bell peppers, 2 tbsp olive oil, and the rest of the ingredients.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Taste to adjust seasoning, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (about 2 tbsps) | Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 113mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 15.5% | Vitamin C: 38.6% | Calcium: 0.3% | Iron: 2.2%

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