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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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Paleo Zucchini Cornbread Without Corn (Nut Free)

This delicious and easy paleo zucchini cornbread recipe is made without grains or corn, but still has that cornbread flavor, and packed with healthy veggies!

Paleo Zucchini Cornbread Without Corn in a cast iron skillet

I really love cornbread. It’s one of those treats that I couldn’t get enough of since childhood and I recently had a huge craving for it. Now that too much corn can bother my digestion, I decided to create a corn-free, grain-free paleo cornbread recipe and I was surprised by how much it resembled real cornbread!

Paleo Zucchini Cornbread Recipe

This grain free coconut flour cornbread may not taste EXACTLY like real cornbread, but all the delicious elements are there. It is fluffy and soft in the inside while being crusty and crunchy on the outside, and the combination of coconut flour and honey gives it a wonderful subtle sweetness.

Adding zucchini makes this traditionally cold-weather side dish a summery feel, and it’s an amazing way to sneak in veggies without really being able to taste it much. Plus, it gives this zucchini cornbread recipe pretty green specks and I just love serving this as a BBQ dish side.

Paleo Zucchini Cornbread recipe fresh out of the oven
Coconut Flour Cornbread getting drizzled with honey

How to Make Paleo Zucchini Cornbread Recipe

Just like most baked bread recipes, this coconut flour cornbread so easy to make! You mix the dry ingredients together, and then the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Once you combine the two together, all you have to do is fold in the grate zucchini at the end before pouring the batter into the prepared pan. Finally, you bake the whole thing for 40-45 minutes. That’s it! Trust me, this paleo cornbread recipe is definitely worth turning on the oven for even in the hot summer.

paleo cornbread recipe

A Few Things to Note About Paleo Zucchini Cornbread Recipe

  • You don’t have to squeeze out the moisture from the grated zucchini. The water content is actually what gives this paleo cornbread recipe that fluffy, delicious texture that you taste in real cornbread!
  • The batter may seem a bit dry and thick, but that’s perfectly fine. As it bakes in the oven, the zucchini will release its moisture so the final product will definitely not be dry.
  • Make sure to give 30 minutes for the zucchini cornbread to cool before slicing, or it may fall apart.
  • I didn’t make this recipe too sweet, because everyone likes different levels of sweetness. Serve with honey on the side so anyone who like their cornbread a bit sweeter can drizzle some on top before eating.
  • You can’t really taste the flavor or texture of the zucchini, so this is a great way to sneak in healthy veggies for kids!
  • If you want to reheat leftovers, you can gently toast slices on the stovetop with a bit of oil, or you can place it in the oven or even the air fryer for a few minutes!

I personally love to eat these yummy zucchini cornbread slices toasted with a pat of butter. It feels like such a treat while being healthy, and it definitely fulfills my cornbread craving. I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious paleo cornbread recipe as a side for your warm weather BBQs!

Coconut flour cornbread with zucchini specks close up

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Paleo Zucchini Cornbread Without Corn (Nut Free)

This delicious and easy paleo zucchini cornbread recipe is made without grains or corn, but still has that cornbread flavor, and packed with healthy veggies!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword coconut flour cornbread, cornless cornbread, grain free bread, grain free cornbread, hidden veggie recipes, paleo cornbread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Cooling time 30 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 188kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease an 8×8 baking pan or a 10" oven-safe skillet generously with ghee or coconut oil. You can also line the pan with parchment paper instead.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together coconut flour, tapioca starch, baking soda, and sea salt.
  • In another bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut milk, ghee, and honey.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix together.
  • Fold in shredded zucchini.
  • Pour into the prepared baking dish and flatten it out into an even layer. The batter may seem thick but that's okay.
  • Bake for about 40-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean. The outside should look golden and crusty, but the inside will be soft and fluffy.
  • Cool then slice into smaller pieces, and serve with ghee (or butter) and/or honey.
  • You can reheat leftovers by reheating it gently on the stove top, the oven, or the air fryer!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 9 | Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2.4% | Vitamin C: 4.9% | Calcium: 1.4% | Iron: 5.4%
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Guacamole Stuffed Burgers (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, AIP Option)

These Whole30 and keto guacamole stuffed burgers are easy to make and packed with flavor. You’ll love the taste of tangy guacamole with every bite!

guacamole stuffed burgers on a plate

Now that we finally have a grill, we’ve been throwing everything on there from meats, veggies, fruits (have you ever had grilled peaches??), and more. There’s something about the flavors and textures that grilling food brings out, and my husband and I just can’t get enough. I recently decided to put by two favorite foods together to create a delicious bunless burger recipe, and I’m so excited about how it turned out!

Guacamole Stuffed Burgers Recipe

A classic low carb burger is my go-to when I need something quick to eat on-the-go. This combined with tangy and creamy guacamole is honestly a match made in heaven. You can get a taste of guacamole with every bite with these guacamole stuffed burgers, and they are so fun and indulgent while being Whole30 compliant and keto.

What I love about these stuffed burgers is that they don’t have to perfect. You may see some guacamole seep out through the edges while cooking, but that actually adds to the drool-worthy presentation when they are finally finished. You can just tell by looking at them that they are going to be a flavor bomb in your mouth!

guacamole stuffed burgers fresh off the grill stacked with guacamole oozing out
holding bunless stuffed burger

Easy Bunless Burger Recipe

I’ve been team no-buns around here for years now. The meat and the toppings are honestly the best part, and using a lettuce wrap helps you consume more veggies in one sitting which I’m always all about! Plus, if you are looking for a low carb burger, going bunless is a the way to go.

My favorite way to hold the meat and toppings together so they don’t fall apart as soon as you lift it up or bite into it, is by wrapping everything in a flexible lettuce like butter lettuce. Then, if you want to go the extra step, you can fold and tuck a parchment of wax paper over one half of the burger to keep everything tight and tidy (In-N-Out style!).

Of course, you can also enjoy it with a fork or place the burger over a salad, another favorite way that I like to enjoy a bunless burger recipe.

bunless burger recipe

How to Make Guacamole Stuffed Burgers

Before diving into the burger making, remember that these burgers do not have to be perfect! A bit of guacamole can seep out, and the burgers will still look tasty and fantastic.

With that being said, this is the way I found to be the easiest method to creating guacamole stuffed burgers.

  1. Create the burger mix and the guacamole separately.
  2. Split the burger meat into 4 equal sections.
  3. Take each section and divide in half. Flatten out each half into a circle, similar in diameter to a burger patty.
  4. Take 1 flattened half and place a spoonful of guacamole to the center of the circle.
  5. Take the other half and place on the top of the first half with the guacamole
  6. Carefully use your fingers to seal the edges together, and then shape into patties.
  7. Repeat with the rest of the meat and guacamole!

Depending on how much guacamole you add to each burger, you may have some leftover at the end. You can use the rest to top the burgers with after they are cooked, and you’ll have a crowd-pleasing low carb burger at the end that’s healthy and delicious.

Hope you enjoy this bunless burger recipe as much as we did in our home (my husband had 2 in one sitting). It’s a fun and easy grill recipe for the summer and all the summer get-togethers with friends and family. If you don’t have a grill, you can always use a grill pan or a cast iron skillet and cook it on the stovetop!

low carb burger in hand made with simple toppings

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Guacamole Stuffed Burgers (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, AIP Option)

These Whole30 and keto guacamole stuffed burgers are easy to make and packed with flavor. You'll love the taste of tangy guacamole with every bite!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword 4th of july grill recipes, AIP 4th of July, bunless burger recipe, low carb burger, low carb grilling, paleo 4th of july, unique burgers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings 4 burgers
Calories 374kcal

Ingredients

Burger Patties

  • 1 lb ground beef preferably grass fed
  • 1 tsp cumin omit for AIP
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 garlic cloves minced

Guacamole

  • 1 medium avocado ripe
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro

Optional toppings

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, place all ingredients for the burger patties and mix together to combine. Be careful not to over-mix.
  • In a separate bowl, mash all ingredients for guacamole together.
  • Divide the burger meat into 4 equal sections.
  • Use your hands to divide each section in half. Flatten each half into similar sized circles, similar in diameter as a burger patty. Add a scoop of guacamole to the center of one circle, and top with the other circle. Pinch the sides to create a burger patty with the guacamole inside, shaping it the best you can. It's okay if guacamole seeps out of the edges a bit.
  • Repeat with the rest so you have 4 burger patties. If you don't use all of the guacamole, serve it as a topping with the cooked burgers.
  • Grease and heat the grill or a grill pan over medium high heat.
  • Cook the burgers for 4 minutes on each side, until cooked through.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings!

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger | Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 516mg | Potassium: 550mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1.7% | Vitamin C: 9.4% | Calcium: 2.9% | Iron: 14.7%
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