Replacing some of the romaine lettuce with massaged kale gives this classic Caesar salad a nutritional upgrade. The homemade Caesar dressing is rich and so flavorful you'll swear off bottled varieties. For an extra-delicious topping, bake the Parmesan into tempting cheese crisps called frico.

Source:, February 2019


Recipe Summary

40 mins
40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Form four 4-inch circles of Parmesan on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned on the edges and crisp, 10 to 14 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  • Meanwhile, place chicken in a large saucepan with water to cover. Bring to a simmer and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165 degrees F, 12 to 16 minutes. Remove the chicken from the water. When it is cool enough to handle, shred.

  • Mince garlic. Sprinkle with salt and mash with the side of a chef's knife to make a paste. Transfer to a large bowl. Whisk in oil, lemon juice, tamari, anchovy paste and pepper. Add kale and, with clean hands, massage it with the dressing until well coated and reduced in volume, about 1 minute. Add romaine, tomatoes and the chicken; toss to coat. Divide the salad among 4 plates and crumble a Parmesan crisp over each.


Equipment: Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts

2 1/2 cups
394 calories; protein 31.8g; carbohydrates 7.8g; dietary fiber 2.5g; sugars 2.7g; fat 26.1g; saturated fat 6g; cholesterol 75.3mg; vitamin a iu 6768.9IU; vitamin c 50.5mg; folate 106mcg; calcium 267.7mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 55.2mg; potassium 569.9mg; sodium 759.3mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

4 fat, 3 lean protein, 1 vegetable, 1/2 high-fat protein