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Kale Caesar Salad with Lemon Pepper Chicken
with artichokes / avocados / croutons

Active: 40 Total: 40
We featured this chicken and kale Caesar salad back in 2019. This version is very similar but includes avocado for a bit more substance and texture.
Smarts: This recipe includes homemade dressing and croutons, but store-bought versions of those ingredients will make this meal extra simple.


Caesar Dressing:
  • Garlic - 1 clove, chopped
  • Anchovy filets (opt) - 2, mashed (more to taste)
  • Mayonnaise - 2 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Worcestershire sauce, gluten-free - 1 tsp (sub Tamari)
  • Oil, olive - 4 Tbsp
Lemon Pepper Chicken:
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, halved to thin
  • Flour, any gluten-free - 1/3 cup
  • Lemon zest - 2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Kale Caesar Salad:
  • Bread, any gluten-free - 6 oz, cubed
  • Kale, any type - 1 bunch, stems removed and leaves shredded
  • Lettuce, romaine - 1 heart, shredded
  • Artichokes, marinated in oil (6.5 oz / 184 g) - 1 jar, drained and rinsed
  • Avocados - 1, cubed

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  1. Make dressing - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating before continuing.) Chop garlic. Mash garlic and anchovy filets together with a fork. Add mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Add olive oil while whisking. If you prefer a smooth dressing, blend it with an immersion blender. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Bread / Kale / Lettuce / Artichokes - Prep as directed. If artichoke hearts are large, roughly chop them. Store separately. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  3. Chicken - Slice chicken in half to thin. Tenderize with a fork and season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Make breading - Combine flour, lemon zest, black pepper, and salt.
  5. Avocados - Cube avocados.

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Original (40)
Gluten-free (6)
Paleo (4)
Vegetarian (18)

Most Helpful

Next time get the beans going whilst prepping everything else (used store bought croutons because who has the time???) Loved it though, exactly the amount of veg I was craving

By: Sophie
Posted: Mar 02, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
1 Helpful

45 reviews

Love this meal

By: Kimberly
Posted: Nov 24, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Tasty and filling!

By: Tessa
Posted: Jun 14, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I have made this salad a bunch of times. I just grill plain chicken. It is so good and easy.

By: Kimberly
Posted: Apr 28, 2021
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Chickpeas didn't turn out as crispy as I'd like, but overall this was a tasty meal. Did the store-bought croutons - I'm sure home made would have been great, but would have added way too much time for a weeknight meal (we already do meal prep, but would have made that a lot longer too...)

By: Jennifer
Posted: Apr 13, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

couldn't decide so we made both the chickpeas and the chicken and it was delicious! lemon pepper seasoning was awesome. did manage to set off the fire alarm - watch for smoke when cooking with butter at high temperatures :)

By: Kayla
Posted: Mar 17, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Very good! The instructions mention to add paprika to the seasoning mix but it's not listed in the ingredients. I added a couple of dashes and it gave the chickpeas a nice kick.

By: Katie
Posted: Mar 16, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful