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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.

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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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242 comments on “Kale Caesar Salad with Marzetti”

  1. I’d make a chicken Caesar salad with leftover grilled chicken and some day old homemade bread!

  2. tweet – https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/582648839120678912

  3. I would use the ranch dressing to add some extra flavor to a taco salad.

    boylaneely at hotmail dot com

  4. Tweet: https://twitter.com/JustMarriedMom3/status/582650486123270145

    boylaneely at hotmail dot com

  5. I like using dressing to marinate meat such as chicken or deer.

  6. We use the blue cheese dressing with our buffalo chicken concoctions.

  7. I love eating fresh salads in the warmer months. This salad dressing would be a perfect topping.

  8. I’ll buy a bag of cole slaw and pour on the Marzetti slaw dressing – delicious.

  9. I would use the Light Celery Seed Slaw dressing to make summer BBQ’s with healthy cole slaw.

  10. I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/582689507012558849

  11. I would use it on a salad with grilled chicken to add flavor. 

  12. I would make a salad using rotiessered chicken

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  13. tweet  https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/582718641751261184

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  14. salad every night

  15. I would make a wrap sandwich and use the pomegranate dressing! Quick and easy!

  16. I would use the “Blue cheese salade dressing” with salad, pasta and grilled chicken !

  17. My tweet https://twitter.com/AurelieRed/status/582863470489550849

  18. I would drizzle it on my tuna salads.

  19. I would use ranch on gyros

  20. I would make a simple salad of butter lettuce, Parmesan cheese, and their Balsamic Salad Dressing.  Yummy!!  

  21. I tweeted here:  https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/582908326817718272 

  22. I would add some to some egg noodles and diced chicken

  23. I’d like to use the strawberry poppyseed dressing to jazz up my Asian salad.

  24. I would use it on Caesar Salad to go with dinner.

  25. I use the Blue Cheese Dressing now on my tossed green salads. We love the taste.

  26. I will put this on mixed green and veggie salad

  27. I would use the Simply Dressed Greek Feta Salad Dressing with a big family sized greek salad

  28. I’ll use Marzetti Simply Dressed with grilled chicken and packaged salad mix to prepare a quick and healthy meal.

  29. I would make my family a Ginger Sesame Shrimp and Tropical Fruits Salad using the Simply Dressed® Ginger Sesame Salad Dressing.

  30. I have a grilled chicken I make marinated in Caesar dressing. This sounds like the perfect dressing to try with it!

    Thanks!

    kcgmorris at gmail dot com

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