kale ‘caesars salad’ with roast chicken

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kale 'caesars salad' with roast chicken

KSo I know that kale recipes are a huge thing on the internet but here in South Africa we tend to catch onto food trends a little late. Although I had sourced kale years ago at a speciality greengrocer to make the highly controversial kale chips (I added Parmesan cheese and I loved them by the way), it is only recently that you could find kale in a mainstream supermarket.

I’m pretty pleased about this.

kale 'caesars salad' with roast chicken

Eating kale raw makes me feel like a halo suddenly sparkles above my head and I’m giving my body so much goodness from fibre to iron, to every kind of health benefit imaginable. It also tastes pretty delicious.

kale 'caesars salad' with roast chicken

I do think when it’s raw it needs to be generously coated with a flavour-packed dressing with lots of acidity to help break down the texture slightly, and I immediately looked to my new all-time favourite ‘Caesars salad dressing’.

Adapted from a Jamie Oliver recipe I posted a while back, this dressing has become a staple in my house. I use basil pesto if I don’t have fresh basil leaves on hand and this works equally well, if not better.

I reduced his quantity of lemon juice to one tablespoon as I felt it was far too lemony and I have added olive oil because I think the dressing needs the unctuousness. As for the yoghurt, I use either low-fat plain yoghurt or what is even tastier, full-fat Greek-style yoghurt.

This salad dressing turns any kind of green leaf into a taste sensation.

kale 'caesars salad' with roast chicken

I am in no way saying that this replaces my adoration for a classic Caesars salad, but I think this is somewhat healthier. Also, variations are good. The best part about this dressing is that the Parmesan cheese, anchovies, lemon and other seasonings are all mixed in so you don’t need much else to make a fantastic salad. In fact, I generally only use leaves and croutons.

For this salad, I used mainly kale but added a few torn leaves of rainbow chard and a small handful of baby spinach leaves to soften things up. I bought a ready-roasted rotisserie chicken because this is another staple item in my house. It’s Monday and I love to buy a roasted bird at the beginning of the week to include in my lunches and salads.

raibnow chard for a 'caesars salad'

The dressing makes enough for one big salad, but I generally just use what I need and keep it in the fridge for a week or so. Adapt the quantities depending on how many mouths you want to feed.

kale 'caesars salad' with roast chicken

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Recipe – makes a big salad

Kale 'caesars salad' with roast chicken

A flavour-packed kale and spinach Caesars salad recipe with oven-roasted croutons.
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kale 'caesars salad' with roast chicken
Prep Time:15 minutes



  • One large bowlful of torn kale chard and baby spinach leaves (mainly kale) veins removed - about 3 litres of loosely packed leaves
  • 2 cups of croutons - ready-made or make your own with my crouton recipe 
  • slices of roast chicken meat from 1/2 - a full chicken depending how many you need to feed
  • Additional Parmesan cheese shavings  to serve - optional


  • 110 ml greek yoghurt
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 6 anchovies
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp basil pesto
  • 1 Tblsp fresh lemon juice
  • 40 g Parmesan cheese grated
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • Pepper to taste


  • Place all the dressing ingredients in a small food processor and mix to combine. If you are making it by hand, grind the anchovies to a paste before.
  • in a large mixing bowl coat, the kale and spinach leaves generously with the dressing and allow to stand for about 3 minutes. Add the croutons and toss again to coat. The leaves will soften and wilt slightly when the dressing is added.
  • Tip this out into a serving platter or large bowl and cover the salad with the sliced roast chicken pieces.


Store any leftover croutons in an airtight container.
Use any leftover salad dressing on other salads or drizzled over wraps, sandwiches or on chicken. 
Author: Sam Linsell



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  1. Sam, I love a good kale Caesar with a chicken, especially a za’atar roast chicken with spicy piri-piri sauce to balance the creamy Caesar dressing (in case you are interested: https://thejameskitchen.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/sunday-supper/).

    But your rendition with yoghurt sounds heavenly light and wonderfully herby thanks to the pesto. Definitely worth a detour from our favourite!

  2. DisplacedHousewife says:

    Looks delicious Sam!! xox

  3. Janet Comber says:

    I made this for lunch today and it is a real winner, absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing.

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