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Small Batch Roasted Garlic Kale Caesar Salad for Two with Toasted Breadcrumbs

Roasted Garlic Kale Caesar Salad

sara a.
A small batch recipe for two people with creamy roasted garlic caesar dressing, massaged kale, and seasoned toasted breadcrumbs.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2 salads


For the Roasted Garlic Caesar Dressing:

  • 6 cloves Roasted Garlic*
  • 2 tbsp. Mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp. Anchovy Paste
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan**
  • 2 tsp. fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/8 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • Salt & freshly cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Whole Milk or water

For the Kale Salad:

  • 4 cups chopped Kale
  • 2 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

For Toasted Breadcrumbs:

  • 1 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning


For the Dressing:

  • Mash the garlic cloves in a small bowl. Stir in mayonnaise, anchovy paste, Worcestershire, dijon mustard until fully blended.
  • Stir in the parmesan, then lemon juice and garlic powder.
  • Sprinkle in a small pinch of salt and pepper. Taste the dressing, and add a little more if you think it needs it. (A little salt does help enhance the flavor!)
  • Stir in the olive oil until fully blended. Stir in whole milk (or water). Taste the dressing again, and add any more of the ingredients if you like! Set the dressing aside while you make the salad.

For the Toasted Breadcrumbs:

  • Pour one teaspoon of olive oil into a small pan over medium-low heat. Once the oil is warm, sprinkle in the breadcrumbs and Italian seasoning. Stir the breadcrumbs into the oil to coat them, then cook over medium-low heat for a few minutes until they turn golden brown. Stir often so the breadcrumbs brown evenly. Transfer them to a plate lined with paper towel.

For the Kale Salad:

  • Place the chopped kale into a large mixing bowl. Pour in two teaspoons olive oil, and massage the kale with the oil until the leaves feel softer, about one minute.
  • Divide the kale between two bowls, then top with roasted garlic caesar dressing, toasted breadcrumbs, more parmesan (if using), and cracked black pepper.


*Store-bought or homemade roasted garlic works! For homemade roasted garlic, see the blog post for instructions.
**If you can, use a microplane to finely grate a block of Parmesan for pillowy cheese that will easily blend into the dressing.
Keyword Kale Caesar Salad, Roasted Garlic Caesar, Roasted Garlic Kale Caesar Salad
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