Broccoli Kale Caesar Salad

Broccoli Kale Caesar Salad features a fresh mix of raw broccoli and kale tossed in a super simple homemade Caesar salad dressing. It’s perfect as a healthy side dish or toss in some chickpeas or chicken and call it dinner.  This is one of my favorite kale salads!

broccoli and kale salad in a white bowl

Kale Caesar Salad is a fresh crunchy make-ahead salad that comes together in a pinch and it tastes even better the next day.  This is seriously one of the best salad recipes to make. 

broccoli and kale in a bowl

Caesar salad is one of those salads that seems to be popular with just about everyone.  Well…we switch things up a bit here by swapping out the classic Romaine lettuce for a mix of curly kale and raw broccoli.   One of the really great things about this salad, is it tastes even better the next day after the broccoli and kale have soaked in some of the dressing.

KALE CAESAR SALAD RECIPE

Salads don’t come much easier than this kale salad.  

  • Broccoli
  • Curly kale
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Croutons (optional)
  • Caesar Salad Dressing
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

HOW TO MAKE KALE CAESAR SALAD

This Broccoli Kale Caesar Salad is so easy to make and comes together in about 15 minutes start-to-finish.

  1. Make croutons: Cut the bread into cubes, toss with olive oil and garlic powder, spread in single layer on baking sheet and bake.  You can also heat the olive oil up first and toss in some fresh minced garlic and then toss in the bread cubes and cook in the pan for 5-7 minutes, or until golden.  Be sure to turn frequently.
  2. Make Caesar dressing: Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth or add the ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk by hand.
  3. Prep vegetables: Rinse broccoli and kale under cold water and rinse in a salad spinner.
  4. Assemble salad: Add the broccoli and kale to a large bowl and toss.  Drizzle dressing over broccoli and kale and toss.  Add finely grated parmesan cheese and croutons and toss again.  Season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste.

broccoli and kale salad mixed in a bowl

CAESAR DRESSING 

We omit the anchovies and raw egg for this quick and easy-to-make Caesar dressing.

  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Dijon mustard
  • Mayonnaise (I prefer Best Foods)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese

HOW TO MAKE THE DRESSING

Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.  This is my preferred method for making this dressing because it turns out creamier.  But if you don’t want to dirty your blender, then here’s the method for hand-whisking this dressing.  Either way, this dressing comes together in about 5 minutes start-to-finish.

  1. Slice garlic:  Thinly slice the garlic and mash the slices with a fork or the side of a knife to form a paste.
  2. Whisk lemon juice, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise and garlic: Add the lemon juice, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise and garlic to a bowl and whisk to blend well.  
  3. Add olive oil:  Gradually drizzle the olive oil in with the lemon juice, Dijon mustard and mayonnaise mixture until emulsified.
  4. Stir in parmesan cheese:  Stir in the parmesan cheese and blend well.
  5. Season:  Add salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste.

Glass jar filled with caesar salad dressing

BENEFITS OF BROCCOLI

There are so many benefits of eating broccoli.  It’s a nutrient rich vegetable that’s  known for promoting cardiovascular health, supporting immune function, reducing inflammation and promoting healthy brain and nervous system.

  • Rich with phytonutrients, glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin, which may help to support the body’s detoxifying process.
  • Good source of  vitamin C, which supports the immune system. (1) (2)
  • Rich with a flavonoid called kaempferol, which helps the body to combat allergies and inflammation.  These anti-inflammatory properties also boost your immune system, helping you fight off bacteria and viruses.(3)
  • Good source of Broccoli vitamin K and calcium, which are two nutrients that are important for healthy bones and joints. (4)(5)Good source of sulforaphane  and kaempferol, which supports the brain and nervous system function, and may help to slow mental decline.(6) (7)(8)
  •  High in fiber which aids digestion and may help to lower cholesterol through digestive system. (9)
  • Good source of lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene which promotes good eye health (10)
  • Powerful cholesterol-lowering benefits(11)
  • Rich source of kaempferol which has the ability to lessen the impact of these allergy-related substances, by lowering the immune system’s production of IgE-antibodies.

plates with broccoli and kale salad

BENEFITS OF KALE

  • Rich with Quercetin and Kaempferol, which are powerful antioxidants 
  • Good source of Vitamin C (also antioxidant)
  • Rich source of beta-carotene (another antioxidant)
  • Good source of Vitamin K which is important for blood clotting
  • Contains indole-3-carbinol, which is a substance that may possibly help prevent certain types of cancer
  • Rich with lutein and zeaxanthin which are powerful nutrients that protect eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration
  • It’s low calorie and high water content may help with weight loss

broccoli and kale with croutons

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

You can add chickpeas, grilled chicken or fish to this raw broccoli salad to make it a filling meal, but this salad also pairs nicely with just about anything you might want to serve for dinner.  

bowl of broccoli and kale salad

EASY SALAD RECIPES

These easy salad recipes feature fresh broccoli and kale.

bowl of broccoli and kale salad
Yield: 6 servings

Broccoli Kale Caesar Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Broccoli Kale Caesar Salad features a fresh mix of raw broccoli and kale tossed in a super simple homemade Caesar salad dressing. It's perfect as a healthy side dish or toss in some chickpeas or chicken and call it dinner.  This is one of my favorite salads!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups raw broccoli
  • 3 cups raw curly kale
  • 2-3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Caesar Salad Dressing
  • Croutons (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

CROUTONS

  • 2 cups cubed bread (baguette, French bread or multigrain bread)
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 clove fresh minced garlic)

CAESAR DRESSING

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Instructions

CROUTONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Toss cubed bread and garlic powder in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle olive oil over bread and toss until bread is coated
  3. Spread the bread cubes on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.

Note: You can also heat the olive oil up first and toss in some fresh minced garlic and then toss in the bread cubes and cook in the pan for 5-7 minutes, or until golden.  Be sure to turn frequently.

CAESAR DRESSING

    1. Whisk lemon juice, Dijon mustard and mayonnaise in a mixing bowl.
    2. Gradually drizzle in olive oil and whisk until emulsified.
    3. Whisk in parmesan cheese.
    4. Add black pepper to taste.

Note: You can also add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. This is my preferred way to make this dressing.

ASSEMBLE SALAD

  1. Trim the tough ends from the broccoli stems, and peel away thicker pieces of stem.
  2. Cut florets away from the stem and chop into bite sized pieces.
  3. Tear or cut the kale leaves away from the stems and discard stems.
  4. Add the broccoli and kale to a large mixing bowl.
  5. Drizzle Caesar dressing over broccoli and kale and toss.
  6. Toss in croutons and grated or shaved Parmesan cheese.
  7. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Notes

Toss in chickpeas or bite-size pieces of grilled chicken or salmon into this salad to make a filling meal.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 524Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 767mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 13g

theharvestkitchen.com attempts to provide accurate information, however, this nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. The nutritional information provided comes from online sources and calculations.

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