Baby Kale Caesar Salad

Baby Kale Caesar Salad image Author: Canadian Living Credits: Baby Kale Caesar Salad image

Roasting all but one of the garlic cloves pumps up flavour to the max without having the overpowering taste of raw cloves. Roast a few extra heads and spread the soft cloves onto toasted baguette slices or crackers for a tasty snack.

  • Portion size 8 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: October 2013


  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 16 cups packed baby kale (140 g)
Caesar Dressing:
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons grainy mustard
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • pinch each salt and pepper
Pumpernickel Croutons:
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 Pumpernickel rye bread cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt and onion powder


Caesar Dressing: Remove 1 clove of garlic from head; peel, mince and set aside. Slice off top third of remaining garlic head to expose cloves; wrap in foil. Roast in 400 F (200 C) oven until fragrant and softened, about 35 minutes. Let cool.

Squeeze garlic cloves into small bowl; mash with fork. Stir in mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, reserved minced garlic, salt, pepper and 3 tbsp water. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Makeahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Pumpernickel Croutons: Meanwhile, on baking sheet, drizzle oil over bread cubes. Sprinkle with garlic salt and onion powder; toss well. Bake in 400 F (200 C) oven until dry and toasty, about 8 minutes.

Sprinkle Parmesan cheese thinly over parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven until melted and beginning to brown, about 8 minutes. Let cool on pan on rack until firm. Break into chunks. Pour dressing over kale; toss to coat. Top with croutons and Parmesan crisps.

Tip from the Test Kitchen: There are many different variations of grainy Dijon mustard. For this dressing, look for one labelled "extra crunchy," which means it's mainly composed of whole mustard seeds.

Nutritional facts per each of 8 servings: about

  • Fibre 3 g
  • Sodium 541 mg
  • Sugars 2 g
  • Protein 9 g
  • Calories 201.0
  • Total fat 11 g
  • Cholesterol 16 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 18 g


  • Iron 11.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 12.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 20.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 34.0
  • Vitamin C 73.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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Baby Kale Caesar Salad