Chicken Kale Caesar Salad {Low-Carb and Gluten-Free}

PER 1-Cup Serving: Calories 448 | Fat 32g | Carbohydrates 16g | Fiber 2g | Net Carbohydrates 14g | Protein 24g

Recipe by Brandon McDearis

This Caesar dressing mixed with kale, rather than the classic romaine lettuce, puts a unique twist on this low-carb salad, yielding a high density of nutrients that are often hard to find in a ketogenic diet. This recipe is prepared with chicken breasts, but they can easily be replaced with chicken thighs in order to increase the fat and decrease the protein. This recipe yields 4-6 servings (3/4 – 1 cup per serving with 3-4 oz chicken).

This recipe is: keto-friendly, low-carb, gluten-free, grain-free, no added sugar


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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss chicken in the olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Bake on a sheet pan for about 30-40 minutes until an internal temperature of 165 degrees is reached. Let the chicken cool down, and dice it up or cut it into strips.
  2. While the chicken is cooling, prep the kale and put into a salad bowl.
  3. In a food processor, put all of the dressing ingredients except for the olive oil. Turn the processor on and pour the olive oil through the top in a steady stream. Once the dressing is emulsified, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water if it is too thick and pulse the food processor a couple of times until desired consistency is reached.
  4. Toss the dressing and the chicken with the kale. It can be served immediately or held in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.

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