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Giada's Kale Caesar Salad

A Caesar salad is a pretty quintessential side dish in Italian-American cuisine! The flavors of a Caesar salad are so familiar, and it's a very simple recipe. Because it's so simple, I like to really make everything shine by creating my own dressing, and toasting sourdough croutons. I really love baby kale for this as an alternative to romaine - not only does it have a lot more nutritional benefit, but it adds a bit more flavor and stands up to the creamy dressing.


Giada's Kale Caesar Salad


Salad Salad Dressing Side Dish



Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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    For The Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground fresh black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 clove garlic (grated)
  • For The Salad:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 slices sourdough bread (diced into 1/4-inch pieces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • One 5-ounce container baby kale


  1. For the dressing: Whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, Parmesan, olive oil, mustard, anchovy paste, pepper, salt and garlic in a large bowl. Set aside to let the flavors marry.
  2. For the salad: Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil and heat another 30 seconds, then add the bread cubes. Cook, tossing often, until the bread cubes are beginning to brown and get crispy, about 6 minutes. Season with the salt and 2 tablespoons Parmesan and cook until the cubes are evenly golden and crispy, another 3 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and reserve.
  3. Add the baby kale to the bowl with the dressing. Toss gently to coat. Add the toasted bread and the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan to the salad and toss once again.



Nutrition Serving Size
per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
31 grams
11 grams
29 grams
Saturated Fat
6 grams
14 milligrams
1174 milligrams
1 grams
2 grams
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2 reviews & comments

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    Sharon Van Horn

    This is an easy and healthy Caesar salad. I half the recipe for 2. Love it! Thanks, Giada!

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    sherry turkel

    Recipe just ok. Bechemel good, Caesar salad with mayo.?

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