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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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Low Carb Protein Bars (Paleo Option, Gluten Free)

These healthy homemade low carb protein bars are so easy to make, delicious, and portable. With only 5 grams of net carbs, they’ll keep you satiated during travel or in between meals!

sliced low carb protein bars

I made these low carb protein bars on a whim 2 weeks ago before leaving for our babymoon to Europe, because I needed low carb travel snacks for our 12+ hour flight. I don’t do well with high sugar foods on airplanes and they really mess up my digestion. I was in search of paleo, high protein low carb bars for this reason, and nothing fit the bill perfectly, and the ones that did took too long to ship because I was, of course, scrambling at the last minute to get everything packed.

The Best Low Carb Protein Bars Recipe

So I decided to make my own! I actually had all these ingredients on hand the day before our departure date, and I honestly didn’t measure any of the ingredients before whipping these up.

I was actually so pleasantly surprised at how well these low carb protein bars turned out. They were crunchy and chewy at the same time, they held up well, and were so easily portable and perfect as low carb travel snacks. I enjoyed them so much during my flights, as well as during the trip when we were on-the-go in between sites and activities, them I recreated them to share with you after I came back home!

Best low carb protein bars stacked
perfect for low carb travel snacks

Adding Collagen For Protein

It’s not easy to find a keto granola bar recipe with a good amount of protein in it. While nuts and seeds to do contain protein, our body absorbs them way better when we get it from an animal source. Other low carb protein bars I found with a good source of protein that you can purchase is this one, and while they are delicious, they are not the cheapest on the market.

For these high protein low carb bars, I used egg whites and Perfect Supplements grass-fed collagen (Use code GREATGRANDMA10 for 10% off your entire order) to boost the protein level and it really helps with keeping you satiated longer without being able to taste these ingredients at all. I was able to last for hours in between meals on my very long flights with these low carb protein bars and I loved that I didn’t get a sugar rush during all the traveling.

Not Keto or Don’t Use Zero Carb Sweeteners?

While this is a keto granola bar recipe, I totally get it if you are just looking for grain free or paleo snacks and are not necessarily on a low carb diet. You can just omit the erythritol used in the recipe, and replace it with coconut sugar or regular sugar. The color of these low carb protein bars will be darker when you use coconut sugar, but the recipe will still yield delicious snack bars without much difference in taste or texture!

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Low Carb Protein Bars (Paleo Option, Gluten Free)

These healthy homemade low carb protein bars are so easy to make, delicious, and portable. With only 5 grams of net carbs, they'll keep you satiated during travel or in between meals!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade granola bars, low carb travel snacks, portable low carb snacks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Cooling time 30 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 282kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, stir together for almonds, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, and pumpkin seeds.
  • In small saucepan, stir together your choice of nut butter, coconut oil, collagen, and erythritol, and heat for 2-3 minutes over low heat until everything is smooth and combined.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  • Pour over the nut and seed mixture and stir.
  • Add egg whites and stir together well until all the dry ingredients are coated well with wet ingredients.
  • Transfer to the prepared baking pan and use a spatula to press down firmly into a flat, even layer.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until the edges are lightly browned.
  • Let it cool completely. Use the parchment paper to remove from the pan, and use a sharp knife to slice into 12 even bars.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 0.1% | Vitamin C: 0.3% | Calcium: 4.7% | Iron: 9.1%
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Paleo & Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad with Coconut Chips

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dang Foods. I was compensated and received a product to try. I fully stand behind this product, and the opinions are 100% my own.

This Paleo & Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad uses delicious toasted coconut chips instead of crispy Chinese noodles, and you’ll love how flavorful it is! 

Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad

I’m a HUGE Mandarin chicken salad lover. There’s something so amazing about the combination of chicken, sweet mandarin slices, and crunchy almonds, all coated in a delicious savory dressing.

Paleo & Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad Recipe

While the original version adds sweeteners and crispy Chinese noodles to the salad, this Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad is only sweetened with mandarins and the noodles are substituted with deliciously toasted Dang Foods Lightly Salted Coconut Chips. It’s such an addicting flavor and texture combo that I recommend you double up on this recipe!

Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad

Why Toasted Coconut Chips?

If you’ve never had toasted coconut chips before, you are in for a real treat! Toasting coconut chips allows their natural sweetness to shine through without any added sugar, and the texture also gets super crunchy in the best way. It’s so much healthier than crispy noodles that would normally be used in Mandarin chicken salad and even more delicious, in my opinion.

Dang Foods Coconut Chips

My go-to toasted coconut chips for years have been by Dang Foods. Their coconut chips are so light and delicious, and I always pack them when I’m traveling because they are so portable and easy to snack on. And most importantly, their ingredients are super clean, and the Lightly Salted Coconut Chips I use in this recipe only contain 2 ingredients: coconut and sea salt. Can’t get much better than that!

Dang Foods is also a Certified B Corporation, meaning they meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance alongside profit goals. All of their products are Non-GMO Project Certified.

Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad

Save On Dang Foods Coconut Chips!

If you want to try this Paleo & Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad recipe and get your hands on Dang Foods coconut chips at a discount, make sure to print out a coupon here before heading to the grocery store. They are available at Walmart, Target, and Sprouts!

I hope you love this salad as much as I did. It’s packed with flavor and the most scrumptious combination of textures that it’ll definitely crowd pleaser!

Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad

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Paleo & Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad with Coconut Chips

This Paleo & Whole30 Mandarin Chicken Salad uses delicious toasted coconut chips instead of crispy Chinese noodles, and you'll love how flavorful it is! 
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 403kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Dressing

Instructions

  • Drain mandarin oranges but reserve 2 tbsp of the juice for the dressing. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, add mandarin orange, romaine lettuce, chicken, garlic chives, and slivered almonds. 
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing. 
  • Pour the dressing over the salad mixture and toss together to coat. 
  • Top with coconut chips and sesame seeds before serving. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 554mg | Potassium: 680mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 109.3% | Vitamin C: 79.3% | Calcium: 8.9% | Iron: 13.2%

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Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.