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Low Carb Caesar Salad with Kale and Cheese Crisps

I love Caesar salad. Who doesn’t? Check out this recipe for a low carb version that tops the traditional Caesar salad!

Check out this healthy and delicious Low Carb Caesar Salad with Kale, Romaine and Cheese Crisps for a keto approved version of the traditional caesar salad.

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Caesar salad was the only salad I actually liked for most of my childhood, until I finally opened my eyes and began to discover the beauty of food. All the different textures, colours, flavours and aromas always intrigued me, but some sort of fear always held me just a breath away.

Let me tell you, since I opened my eyes my life has been nothing but excitement and curiosity as I began to play with combinations of the new herbs and vegetables I had been trying.

One of my favourite discoveries was kale. That dark leafy green stole my heart with its unique texture and flavour. Plus it has super powers. Which is pretty cool.

This Low Carb Caesar Salad tastes just as good at the traditional with an added nutritional boost. Topped with cheese crisps, it really doesn’t get much tastier! My friends and family love this salad; I sure hope you do too!

Single plate of low carb caesar salad garnished with cheese crisps, next to the serving bowl of low carb caesar salad.

Why it works

  1. Kale and romaine combine to create a perfectly textured salad that is healthy and delicious.
  2. The cheese crisps connect the missing dots to bring an extra crunch that would be lost without the crouton factor.
  3. It’s fast and easy! Ready in no time, this low carb caesar salad with kale not only pairs with loads of different meals, but is also super fast and easy to make.

Low Carb Caesar Salad Ingredients

  • kale
  • romaine lettuce
  • freshly grated parmesan or romano cheese
  • caesar dressing
  • cheddar cheese – to make the cheese crisps
  • garlic powder

Caesar Dressing – Homemade caesar dressing is actually super easy to make. Toss all the ingredients into a bowl and puree ’til smooth with an immersion blender. Simple right? In my Creamy Homemade Caesar Dressing without Anchovy Paste recipe I use garlic, sour cream, parmesan cheese, Worcestershire, dijon, red wine vinegar, freshly squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper!

Single plate of low carb caesar salad garnished with cheese crisps and extra parmesan cheese.

How to make cheese crisps

I always start by making the cheese crisps so that they can cool while the rest of the salad is being made.

Heat your oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with a non stick baking mat or parchment paper.

The size of cheese you’ll need to cut totally depends on the size of the block of cheese you have. I use Armstrong aged white cheddar so I cut four thick slices of cheese from the block (which weigh 75 grams altogether) and cut each slice in half. Lay the cheese evenly on the baking sheet and sprinkle with a pinch of garlic powder. Bake for 6-8 minutes, until the cheese is nice and toasty.

Besides it’s incredible flavour, I like to use white cheddar for cheese crisps because you can easily tell if the cheese has been in the oven long enough. You want the whole center of the cheese crisp to be orange. If there is still some white left, throw it back in the oven for one more minute. If some are done, you can remove those and put the uncooked crisps back in the oven. Over done is better than under done.

Check out the center photo in the collage below for a photo of cheese crisps that aren’t ready ready yet! They took another two minutes of cooking time.

Once the cheese crisps have baked long enough, remove from the pan and allow to cool on paper towel for just a moment. Slice the crisps into strips and allow to fully cool to room temperature.

How to make cheese crisps collage.

How to make this Low Carb Caesar Salad

Once the cheese crisps are cooling, the rest of the salad can be made. Wash the kale and romaine and remove the center rib from the kale. Thinly chop both the kale and the romaine and toss together in a mixing bowl.

Grate the parmesan cheese and mix with the greens. Toss with 1/2c to 1c dressing, depending on how much you like! Serve and garnish with the cheese crisps.

Expert Tips

  1. Bake those cheese crisps until crispy and then slice up before the cheese cools too much.
  2. The center rib from the kale is something that definitely needs to be removed. It has a fairly terrible texture, so is not enjoyable to eat.
  3. Do you find your kale bitter? If yes, massage some of the dressing into the kale about a half an hour before you wish to serve the salad. This will allow the dressing to work into the kale, taking away some of the bitterness and softening the leaves slightly.
Single plate of low carb caesar salad, garnished with cheese crisps and extra parmesan cheese.

What goes with Caesar Salad with Kale?

This salad compliments just about anything. One of my favourite ways to do this salad is allllll by itself, because it’s just that good. I also like to top it with some sort of chicken or salmon. Here is a list of my favourite low carb main dishes to pair with this Low Carb Caesar salad with Kale:

And of course nothing pairs better than a Low Carb Caesar Salad when it comes to burgers and sandwiches! Here are my favourites:

Here are some other low carb side dishes you may love:

Avocado Fries with Chipotle Mayo

Tomato Basil Keto Flatbread

Ranch Cauliflower Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar

Bacon Wrapped Avocado Fries

Roasted Broccolini, Green Beans and Carrots

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Check out this healthy and delicious Low Carb Caesar Salad with Kale, Romaine and Cheese Crisps for a keto approved version of the traditional caesar salad.

Low Carb Caesar Salad with Kale and Cheese Crisps

Check out this healthy and delicious Low Carb Caesar Salad with Kale and Cheese Crisps for a keto approved version of the traditional caesar salad. 
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Author: Aleta

Ingredients

  • 1 head green kale
  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese such as reggiano or grana padano
  • 75 grams aged cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2-1 cup homemade caesar dressing or your favourite low carb caesar dressing

Instructions

Equipment Needed

Directions

    Cheese Crisps

    • Heat oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with non stick baking mat or parchment paper.
    • The size of cheese you’ll need to cut totally depends on the size of the block of cheese you have. I use Armstrong aged white cheddar so I cut four thick slices of cheese from the block and cut each slice in half.
    • Lay the cheese evenly on the baking sheet and sprinkle with a pinch of garlic powder. Bake for 6-8 minutes, until the cheese is nice and toasty. 
      *Look in the post above for details about how crispy to make the crisps.
    • Once the cheese crisps have baked long enough, remove from the pan and allow to cool on paper towel for just a moment, then slice the crisps into strips and allow to fully cool to room temperature.

    Low Carb Caesar Salad with Kale

    • Wash the kale and romaine and remove the center rib from the kale. Thinly chop both the kale and the romaine and toss together in a mixing bowl. Grate the parmesan cheese and mix with the greens.
    • Drizzle in about 1/3 – 1/2 cup dressing and toss to coat well. Add more dressing until the salad is at dressed as you like. Serve with extra freshly grated parmesan and the cheese crisps.

    Notes

    Expert Tips

    1. Bake those cheese crisps until crispy and then slice up before the cheese cools too much.
    2. The center rib from the kale is something that definitely needs to be removed. It has a fairly terrible texture, so is not enjoyable to eat.
    3. Do you find your kale bitter? If yes, massage some of the dressing into the kale about a half an hour before you wish to serve the salad. This will allow the dressing to work into the kale, taking away some of the bitterness and softening the leaves slightly.
     

    Nutrition Facts

    Nutrition facts are an estimate only! The ingredients you choose could have different nutritional values than the ingredients I have used.
    Deduct fibre from the total carbs to get 5.3 g net carbs per serving.
    Nutrition Facts are based of if the whole salad is divided into 6 portions.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.1g | Protein: 11.8g | Fat: 27.2g | Sodium: 510mg | Fiber: 2.8g

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