I consume more salads when the weather is warmer, I think we all do, but this salad is great anytime of the year. Kale Chicken Caesar Salad is twist on the classic Chicken Caesar Salad usually made with romaine lettuce. Using kale instead of romaine turns this dish into hearty meal, almost comfort food.
Kale Chicken Caesar Salad is a rustic dish. It is best served as a meal rather than an appetizer or side dish. It is perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner and will satisfy your appetite no problem.
You will need chicken breast for this recipe. I prefer to cook chicken breast on the bone it helps to keep the juices in the meat and reduces the risk of it drying out. However, it is not essential and as it will require a little more work to cut the meat off the bone you might prefer to use breast off the bone.
Lacinato kale works best in this dish. It is more tender than curly kale yet wholesome and tasty, and its flavor blends well with the rest of the ingredients.
You will need focaccia to make the croutons and you do this by tearing them into 1 inch chunks. Tearing the focaccia creates imperfect edges that will grab onto the dressing. The dressing cloaks the kale, chicken and croutons and has that authentic Caesar taste.
Parmesan shavings is the crowning glory of this dish. The shavings are easy to make, all you need is a Y-peeler or mandolin.
This Kale Chicken Caesar Salad is a great meal for two. The combination of flavors is glory on the palate – tasty, crunchy, smooth and wholesome.
I love this dish, I pair it with a glass of Chardonnay and savor the flavors. This chunky wholesome meal will satisfy the greatest of appetites. Give this meal a try.