Kale Caesar Salad with Marzetti

Kale Caesar Salad with Marzetti

photo of a kale Kale Caesar SaladThis post is sponsored and written in partnership with Marzetti® Simply Dressed® and BlogHer.

I am so excited about the Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Caesar Dressing! It allows me to easily make a Kale Caesar Salad without having to make the Caesar dressing from scratch.

This was such a hit in our house that we’ve already had it three times in one week! It’s usually hard to get Mr. K to eat his vegetables, but he polished off a big bowl at lunch and requested more so I made it for lunch and dinner again.

photo of two bottles of salad dressing

close-up photo of fresh kale

Leafy kale greens, crunchy croutons, creamy Caesar and a sprinkle of Parmesan are all you need.

I’m always trying to make sure we eat enough vegetables with every meal I cook. For dinner, I paired the salad with some grilled salmon which I also brushed with Marzetti Simply Dressed Pomegranate vinaigrette. I was drawn to its pinkish purple color. It added a tangy sweetness to the salmon. I plan on using it for a salad soon too. I imagine it would be great for a mixed greens salad with some pomegranate seeds and walnuts.

photo of a plate with salad and salmon

Caesar dressing is a difficult flavor to tackle in my opinion because it’s made up of so many ingredients like Parmesan garlic, anchovies, and more. I adore Caesar dressing but rarely make it at home because it does require so many ingredients. I also don’t often buy it at grocery stores because I have difficulty finding one that captures all the flavors. I thought Marzetti Simply Dressed version did a good job, with its garlicky, peppery, cheesy, tangy, and salty-briny notes. It was also creamy but not overly thick.

close-up photo of a Kale Caesar Salad

When I buy salad dressings, I prefer to buy the refrigerated ones as they should use fresher ingredients. Marzetti Simply Dressed refrigerated salad dressings are made with a minimal number of simple ingredients, such as extra virgin olive oil, canola oil (contains Omega-3 ALA) and sea salt. They contain no preservatives, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, added MSG, artificial flavors or colors. You can learn more about Marzetti Simply Dressed here. The bottles have a suggested retail price of $3.79 – $4.49 per 12-ounce bottle and can be found in the refrigerated section of the produce department. I purchased mine at Ralph’s while they were on sale for 2 for $6.

photo of salmon and salad on a plate

Kale Caesar Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
This salad is so easy to make with high-quality store-bought Caesar dressing. It’s a great dinner side dish.
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Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch kale washed, and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 8 tbsp Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Caesar salad dressing
  • 4 heaping tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese

For the croutons

  • 4 thin slices day-old French bread sliced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. First, make the croutons. Brush croutons with olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper. Bake at 400°F in toaster oven or regular oven for about 10-15 minutes until cubes are golden and completely crunchy.
  2. Add kale, dressing and Parmesan to a large bowl. Toss until dressing is completely mixed in and evenly coating kale. Add in croutons and sprinkle additional cheese if desired.