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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 Chicken Yakitori aka Japanese Chicken Skewers (Whole30, Keto, AIP Option)

This healthy and low carb version of paleo chicken yakitori is super flavorful, while being easy to make. It’s the perfect Whole30 and keto summer grilling recipe!

paleo chicken yakitori recipe prepared on the grill and served with sauce

We’ve been nonstop grilling these days and I’ve been loving it. Our meals have been quick, easy and flavorful for this reason and my husband and I are not complaining one bit. My recent creation is this paleo chicken yakitori, and I made it after recently going through photos of my trip to Japan last year. Not only did we have the most amazing sushi and raw fish, we had the yummiest and the most addicting grilled meats.

Paleo Chicken Yakitori Recipe

Traditionally, a Japanese chicken yakitori recipe uses sugar to give that sweet and smoky taste to the sauce. However, in this low carb and low sugar version, I use medjool dates and coconut aminos to create that natural sweetness without giving you that sugar hangover.

Not only is this paleo chicken yakitori recipe much healthier, you actually can’t notice much of the a difference from the traditional version! Of course, if you are not doing the Whole30 challenge, you can substitute medjool dates with honey and it’ll still be healthier than the traditional version.

Japanese chicken yakitori sauce getting brushed on chicken
paleo chicken yakitori - one of my favorite Whole30 chicken recipes!

What is Japanese Chicken Yakitori?

Yakitori is Japanese chicken skewers that’s seasoned with salt and/or sauce. When a sauce is used, it’s usually a flavor combination of salty and sweet, which makes it super addicting and delicious (like my version here!). It’s a popular street food in Japan, and typically enjoyed with an alcoholic beverage like sake or beer.

When I was in Japan with my parents, we ended up at a yakitori shop late at night where there were many young and old patrons enjoying these Japanese chicken skewers while continuously ordering drinks with friends. It was such a fun and lively atmosphere!

Japanese chicken skewers close up

Tips for Making This Paleo Chicken Yakitori

These Japanese chicken skewers are easy and fun to make! It also cooks quickly so you’ll have it on the table in no time, perfect for weekday grilling. To make these extra delicious and flavorful, I do suggest the following.

  • Use chicken thighs instead of breasts. They are juicier and more flavorful, and it’ll ensure that the meat doesn’t dry out.
  • Cut the chicken into squares that are flat. This way, you only have to grill 2 sides of the chicken (and not 4) for it to fully cook through quickly.
  • Do not leave out tapioca starch for the sauce. This helps the yakitori sauce thicken. You can also substitute with arrowroot starch if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Don’t forget to season the grill with oil! Nothing ruins thin cut meats quicker on the grill than when they stick to the grill and fall apart.
  • This Japanese chicken yakitori can easily be made AIP compliant with simple omissions and substitutions. This won’t change the flavor too much so I hope you try it out if you are on the autoimmune protocol!
paleo chicken yakitori dipped in sauce

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Paleo Chicken Yakitori aka Japanese Chicken Skewers (Whole30, Keto, AIP Option)

This healthy and low carb version of paleo chicken yakitori is super flavorful, while being easy to make. It's the perfect Whole30 and keto summer grilling recipe!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword aip grilling, asian chicken recipes, chicken skewers, grill chicken recipes, keto grill recipes, low carb grilling, whole30 chicken recipes, whole30 grilling
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 220kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into flat 1-2 inch squares
  • 1 bunch green onions cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste, omit pepper for AIP
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish, omit for AIP

Yakitori Sauce

  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar use apple cider vinegar or coconut vinegar for AIP
  • 1 pitted medjool date sub with 1-2 tbsp of honey if not Whole30
  • 1 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove

Equipment

Instructions

  • If using bamboo skewers, soak them for 20 minutes.
  • Place all ingredients for the yakitori sauce in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a small saucepan and heat over medium high heat. Let the mixture come to a boil for about 3 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat.
  • Separate 1/2 cup of the sauce for basting the chicken, and set aside the rest for serving.
  • Thread the chicken pieces and green onions on the skewers, alternating them. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Generously grease the grill so the chicken won't stick, then heat the grill over medium high heat.
  • Add the skewers on the grill, cover, and cook for 2 minutes. Flip the skewers and repeat.
  • Brush the top layer of skewers with the prepared yakitori sauce, then cover and cook for 2 more minutes. Flip the chicken, and repeat by putting on another layer of the sauce on the other side and cooking for 2 more minutes.
  • Serve immediately, sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds and with extra yakitori sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 6 | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 588mg | Potassium: 409mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1.5% | Vitamin C: 1.1% | Calcium: 1.9% | Iron: 7.2%
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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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