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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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Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Prosciutto (Paleo, Whole30)

If you are looking for a healthy and refreshing summer appetizer, look no further than this Whole30 Watermelon Cucumber Salad with prosciutto, toasted pine nuts, and mint!

watermelon cucumber salad-finished and plated

This watermelon cucumber salad was a result of me trying to find ways to use up a giant watermelon I recently bought. While eating it alone, sliced in triangles, is my favorite way to enjoy my favorite summer fruit, I was curious if I could incorporate it in to my meals.

I pulled some leftover ingredients from my fridge and tossed together with watermelon cubes, and I’m pretty obsessed with how refreshing and delicious this watermelon salad recipe turned out. So of course I had to share with you!

Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Prosciutto Recipe

I’m not always a fan of adding fruits to savory dishes, but the balance of flavors in this watermelon cucumber salad makes it so addicting and I just can’t get enough. The combination of the ingredients just gives this salad the best texture ever:

  • juicy and sweet bites of watermelon,
  • refreshing cucumbers,
  • salty prosciutto,
  • crunchy toasted pine nuts,
  • mint leaves,
  • all tossed with tart olive oil and lime juice dressing.

These flavors meld together beautifully to make a perfect summer salad that goes amazingly with some grilled meats.

pouring dressing over watermelon salad recipe
watermelon cucumber salad close up

Easy But Fancy Enough For Summer Get-Togethers

The best thing about this watermelon salad recipe is that not only is it a healthy, Whole30 salad that’s insanely delicious especially on a hot summer day, it’s super duper easy to make. I mean, it literally took me 15 minutes from start to finish.

However, the final result looks gorgeous and colorful enough that you can double or triple the recipe to serve at summer BBQs and get-togethers and everyone will be impressed! You can also prep the ingredients ahead of time, but I suggest tossing everything together right before serving for the best texture.

How to Make This Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Prosciutto

The most difficult part of this watermelon salad recipe is actually chopping up the ingredients. I suggest cutting the watermelon into 1-inch cubes and cucumber into 1/2-inch pieces. You can also use a melon baller to create watermelon balls, which I think will be super fun and pretty!

The only cooking part of this recipe is toasting the pine nuts, and that can be done in less than 5 minutes on the stovetop until they are golden brown and fragrant.

I suggest tearing apart the mint leaves, instead of a slicing them with a knife so they impart a stronger mint flavor that can be melded in better with the rest of the ingredients.

Once all the ingredients are ready for this watermelon cucumber salad, all you have to do is toss them together and serve! Doesn’t get much easier than that, and even the dressing only has 4 ingredients. Definitely my kinda recipe.

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Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Prosciutto (Paleo, Whole30)

If you are looking for a healthy and refreshing summer appetizer, look no further than this Whole30 Watermelon Cucumber Salad with prosciutto, toasted pine nuts, and mint!
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword savory watermelon recipe, summer salads, watermelon salad recipe, whole30 salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 222kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3 cups seedless watermelon cubed
  • 1.5 cups cucumber chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves roughly torn into pieces
  • 2 oz prosciutto thinly sliced, nitrate free

Dressing

Instructions

  • Heat a dry pan over medium heat on the stove.
  • Add the pine nuts and toast until golden and fragrant while stirring constantly, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Combine watermelon, cucumber, and mint in a large bowl, then add the toasted pine nuts.
  • Whisk the dressing in a separate bowl and pour over the salad. Gently toss together.
  • Drape with prosciutto slices before serving.

Notes

If you want to make this ahead of time, you can chop the ingredients and toast the pines nuts the day before, as well and whisking the dressing together. Keep them separate and when you are ready to serve, toss everything together for best texture and freshness!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 4 | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 16.1% | Vitamin C: 16.9% | Calcium: 2.2% | Iron: 5.8%
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Paleo & Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon

This crunchy, sweet, and savory Paleo & Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad with bacon is a refreshing summer salad that comes together in no time. The lemon date vinaigrette ties the flavors together beautifully!

Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon

Summer is all about peaches and grilling for me, so I was beyond excited to see the first sign of peaches at the farmers market over the weekend. While I love juicy and drip-down-your-chin peaches on their own, one of my favorite ways to enjoy any fruit is by grilling them! If you’ve never tried grilling fruits before, you are missing out big time.

Paleo & Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon Recipe

Grilling fruits caramelizes their natural sugars and really brings out their flavors to a whole new level. That’s what makes this Whole30 grilled peach salad so incredibly delicious.

Grilled peach slices are combined with salty bacon, toasted crunchy walnuts, and refreshing cucumbers and onions, all over a bed of slightly bitter arugula, then drizzled with a lemon date vinaigrette that makes the flavors pop and meld together in the most amazing way.

Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon

Summertime Favorite

While this paleo and Whole30 grilled peach salad is quite simple and quick to make, the flavor profile and its fancy presentation makes it suitable for your next dinner party as well. Not only that, the components are meaty and filling enough to serve as a meal, and that’s how I’ve been enjoying it for a delicious way to up my fruits and veggie intake.

Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon

Keep It Whole30

If you are in the middle of the Whole30 challenge, this salad is the perfect way to indulge in the best summer flavors without any added sugar. Just make sure your bacon is Whole30-compliant (no sugar or nitrates!) and use the vinaigrette recipe as written in the instructions.

If you are NOT doing the Whole30, you can substitute dates with honey for the vinaigrette, since you are more likely to have that on hand than medjool dates.

Hope you take advantage of summer’s best flavors and make this Paleo & Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon!

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Paleo & Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon

This crunchy, sweet, and savory Paleo & Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad with bacon is a refreshing summer salad that comes together in no time. The lemon date vinaigrette ties the flavors together beautifully!
Course Main Course, Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 467kcal

Ingredients

Lemon Date Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 pitted medjool date 2 tsp honey if not on Whole30

Grilled Peach Salad with Bacon

  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon
  • 2 peaches sliced
  • 4 cups arugula packed
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 medium red onion sliced

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients for the vinaigrette in the blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  • Heat a dry skillet over medium heat. Add walnuts and heat until browned and fragrant, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the bacon and cook for 5 minutes until crispy.
  • Remove from heat and roughly chop into small pieces. Reserve the bacon fat.
  • Heat a grill or a grill pan over medium high heat.
  • Brush the peach slices with the bacon fat on both sides.
  • Grill the peach slices until grill marks appear, about 2 minutes on each side.
  • Assemble the salad: Place arugula, cucumber, and red onion in a large bowl. Top with toasted walnuts, bacon, and grilled peaches. Drizzle with the prepared vinaigrette.
  • Toss to coat before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 3 | Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 616mg | Potassium: 538mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 19.8% | Vitamin C: 26.3% | Calcium: 8.3% | Iron: 8.2%
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