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Sriracha Kale Caesar Salad

This sriracha kale caesar salad turns takes the traditional salad and turns up the heat and health with spicy sriracha and tuscan kale.

My husband is a caesar salad addict. I’m not even slightly exaggerating. When we go out to nice dinners, I have to have a “talk” with him before we leave the house informing him he’s not allowed to order a caesar salad for dinner.

I wish I could be the kind of person who just didn’t care what he eats, but I’m not.

Sriracha Kale Caesar Salad

1. It’s a complete waste of an order at any place we go. If he wants to order a caesar salad for lunch while he’s working, sure, totally appropriate. On a night out at a half way decent restaurant, no. Just no.

2. It limits what I get to eat. Damn straight I’m tasting his food. He’s so not a “let me taste your food” kind of person and I so am. He’s not ordering a caesar salad because I want to taste pretty much everything else on the menu besides that.

Sriracha Kale Caesar Salad with Spicy Croutons

3. It’s embarrassing. It’s like a grown-up kids meal if that makes sense and comes with a side of “I’m judging you” waiter glances.

4. Half the time, I know he doesn’t even want the stupid salad, he’s just too lazy to look at the rest of the menu and make a decision. I live with the most chill/sometimes verging on lazy person on the planet and the amount of crazy this can sometimes make me isn’t even quantifiable.

Healthy Sriracha Kale Caesar Salad

So, I made this with him in mind and he then proceeded to get all squeamish when he saw me taking out the anchovies for the dressing. To which of course I maturely called him the stupidest caesar salad fanatic there ever was if he didn’t realize he was eating anchovies all these years in the pounds upon pounds of ceasar dressing he’s consumed.

His face contorted in such a way you’d think I told him he was eating crickets or something, not a measly anchovy.

And that, my friends, is how I think I ended the caesar salad addiction…by making ceasar salad. Go figure.

Sriracha Kale Caesar Salad

This sriracha kale caesar salad turns takes the traditional salad and turns up the heat and health with spicy sriracha and tuscan kale.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings


For the Sriracha Kale Caesar Salad

  • 2 bunches tuscan kale stems removed and leaves chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 slices day old multigrain bread torn into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • salt and pepper

For the Dressing

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoons sriracha depending on spice preference
  • 1 anchovy filet minced


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Toss bread with olive oil, salt & pepper and sriracha and spread out in an even layer on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 5-7 minutes, toss and bake for another 5 until golden brown and crispy. Remove and set aside.
  • Combine the kale and parmesan in a large bowl.
  • Combine all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until well combined.
  • Toss the salad with the dressing until fully coated.
  • Top with the croutons and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1SERVING | Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 573mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 677IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 1mg

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Cuisine American
Course Salads
Keyword kale caesar salad, sriracha kale caesar salad

Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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I have still never made a kale salad. I think it should be time I started. This looks SO good!

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