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Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Raw Kale Ceasar Salad with Almond Paleo Crusted Chicken via Linda Wagner

This might be the best recipe I’ve ever made…I’m not even joking!

I was inspired by a delicious kale caesar I had at Napoleon’s in Laguna. I kept thinking about how good that salad was and wanted to see if I could recreate my own dairy free ceasar dressing. I’m pretty darn proud of how it came out and I’m so excited to share the recipe with you! I think it is sure to become one of your favorites! I can’t wait to make it again for guests, it’s seriously restaurant quality. So, so good!!

Raw Kale Ceasar Salad with Almond Paleo Crusted Chicken via Linda Wagner

The other thing I like about this recipe is that it’s very versatile. It seems like these days we all have our own unique dietary needs and this recipe is:

  • gluten free
  • dairy free
  • sugar free
  • paleo
  • it can be made raw vegan by omitting the chicken and using avocado instead
  • it can be made vegetarian by substituting hard boiled eggs or salmon for the chicken
  • the salad base is also great to have on it’s own
  • the dressing can be used as a veggie dip or a spread on sandwiches

That’s a lot of options from one little recipe!! This is a great one for families with picky eaters, just make the base and let everyone pick and choose their own protein choice or veggies.

Raw Kale Ceasar Salad with Almond Paleo Crusted Chicken via Linda Wagner

Raw Kale Caesar Salad with Almond Crusted Paleo Chicken

I used this recipe to make 4 Almond Crusted Paleo Chicken Breasts. This time I also added herbs de provence to the almond flour mixture.

While the chicken is cooking, you can prepare your salad base.

For the Kale Salad you’ll need:

  • 2 large heads of curly kale
  • 1 cup shredded carrots

Grab your kale by the stem and strip the leaves from the stem with your hands. I like to save the stems and use them later in my juices! Use your hands to tear the kale into small pieces and place in a large ziplock bag along with your shredded carrots and set aside.

IMG_1816-1024x682 For the Raw Caesar Dressing you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs mild white miso
  • 1.5 tsps sea salt
  • LOTS & LOTS of fresh cracked pepper, the more the better!
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 drops liquid stevia
  • 1/2 cup water

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. I use a Vitamix. If you don’t have a high speed blender, you could also use a food processor. Adjust salt, pepper, lemon juice, and water as needed and pour into your ziplock bag with the kale and shredded carrots.

Raw Kale Ceasar Salad with Almond Paleo Crusted Chicken via Linda Wagner

Seal your ziplock bag and shake vigorously until the dressing and vegetables are well combined.

Pour your Caesar Salad mixture onto 4 large plates, top with 1 sliced chicken breast and serve immediately.

This recipe will make 4 delicious servings. You can see the complete, printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

Raw Kale Ceasar Salad with Almond Paleo Crusted Chicken via Linda Wagner

Seriously be prepared to be blown away. I can’t even describe how amazing this salad is. It is SO worth it to make the recipe and I would even make extras to last all week! The Almond Crusted Chicken is beyond amazing on it’s own (I’ll typically make 4-6 at a time) or added to pretty much anything. It’s one of those dishes that never gets old!

If you’re having a dinner party or have family in town, this is a great recipe to introduce them to your healthy lifestyle since it actually doesn’t taste like it’s good for you! It literally tastes like a fatty caesar salad with fried chicken on top! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Raw Kale Ceasar Salad with Almond Paleo Crusted Chicken via Linda Wagner

Raw Kale Caesar Salad with Almond Crusted Paleo Chicken
 
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If you're having a dinner party or have family coming to visit this is a great recipe to introduce them to your healthy lifestyle since it actually doesn't taste like it's good for you! It literally tastes like a fatty caesar salad with fried chicken on top!
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Recipe type: salad, paleo, dairy free, gluten free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 large heads of curly kale
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs mild white miso
  • 1.5 tsps sea salt
  • LOTS & LOTS of fresh cracked pepper, the more the better!
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 drops liquid stevia
  • ½ cup water
  • 2-4 organic, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup almond flour – you could also use coconut flour or leftover almond pulp from making homemade almond milk!!
  • 1 Tbs spices of choice, for this recipe I used organic steak seasoning and herbs de provence to give it a more intense flavor.
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
Instructions
  1. For the Almond Crusted Chicken you’ll need to Preheat oven to 425 deg, line a large baking sheet with foil, and set aside.
  2. You will need 2 large bowls. In the first bowl, add your almond meal, salt, pepper, and spices and mix thoroughly.
  3. In a second large bowl, crack 1 egg and beat with a fork or whisk until combined.
  4. Dip each chicken breast into the egg mixture and coat both sides. Then dip the coated chicken into the almond meal mixture, coat both sides and place on a large baking sheet lined with foil.
  5. Bake at 425 for about 20mins or until browned on the outside and cooked through.
  6. For the dressing combine the cashews, pine nuts, lemon juice, miso, sea salt, LOTS & LOTS of fresh cracked pepper, 4 cloves garlic, stevia and water into a blender.
  7. Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. I use a Vitamix. If you don't have a high speed blender, you could also use a food processor. Adjust salt, pepper, and lemon juice as needed
  8. Pour dressing into your ziplock bag with the kale and shredded carrots.
  9. Seal your ziplock bag and shake vigorously until the dressing and vegetables are well combined.
  10. Pour your Ceasar Salad mixture onto a large plate, place 1 sliced chicken breast on top and serve immediately.

Raw Kale Ceasar Salad with Almond Paleo Crusted Chicken via Linda Wagner

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17 Responses to “Raw Kale Caesar Salad with Almond Crusted Paleo Chicken”

  1. Sarah March 6, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

    I can’t wait to make this! I only have the packets of stevia…would that work? If so, how many? Thank you!

  2. Brenda March 9, 2014 at 6:01 am #

    I cannot WAIT to try this. BTW, what is miso? Oh, another BTW…you misspelled caesar. It seems it should be spelled ceasar, but it isn’t. Knew U’d want to know. I love all your recipes. Thanks, Brenda

  3. Heide M. March 13, 2014 at 12:21 am #

    Will have to try this. Sounds interesting with the kale.

    • Linda March 13, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

      Let me know how you like it! xo

  4. Victoria March 15, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    Hi Linda,

    Do you use raw nuts for this recipe?

    • Linda March 17, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

      I did use raw nuts :)

  5. Judith Baxter March 17, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    Hi Linda. Here in NZ Kale is hard to come by and so I used baby spinach instead. Yum lovely thank you

    • Linda March 17, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

      Good to know that it still tastes great with the spinach! So glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Victoria March 19, 2014 at 12:38 am #

    Linda,

    This is a wonderful recipe. I enjoyed the vegan Caesar dressing; it tastes very similar to the non vegan recipe. I added some Dijon mustard for a little zing. I even dipped the almond crusted chicken(very delicious as well!) and it was sinfully delicious. Thank you! :-)

    • Linda Wagner @ Linda Wagner Nutrition March 19, 2014 at 12:56 am #

      Yay!! So glad you liked it!! Isn’t the chicken amazing!! I want to try it next time using coconut flour! xo

      • Victoria March 21, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

        Hi Linda,

        Coconut flour sounds good. How about cashew meal (from Trader Joe’s)? I wonder if it is possible to soak the chicken tenders in unsweetened almond milk and add some lemon juice to emulate buttermilk, and make the chicken more tender and juicy.

        • Linda June 10, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

          Yes, yes, and yes! All of that would be a fine substitute!

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