Healthier Caesar Salad

Healthier Caesar Salad

Love Caesar salad but are watching your waistline? We’ve created a healthier Caesar salad that still includes Parmesan cheese, garlic croutons, lemon garlic dressing! We used grilled kale, but if you don’t want to spend the time grilling it, using raw kale works too. Just massage the dressing in to reduce the bitterness of the leafy green!

Healthier Caesar Salad - Grilled Kale Salad with Croutons and Parmesan Cheese

This Healthier Caesar Salad features savory Parmesan cheese, whole wheat garlic croutons, and a tangy lemon garlic dressing.
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Healthier Caesar Salad

This Healthier Caesar Salad features savory Parmesan cheese, whole wheat garlic croutons, and a tangy lemon garlic dressing.

Course Salad
Cuisine Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 254 kcal
Author Beachbody


  • 2 cloves garlic, grated, divided use
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil, divided use
  • 2 bunches raw kale, washed, dried (about 1 lb.)
  • 4 slices low-sodium sprouted whole-grain bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat grill or broiler on high.

  2. To make dressing, combine half of garlic, lemon juice, and salt in a small bowl; whisk to blend.

  3. Slowly add 2 Tbsp. oil, whisking continuously until blended. Set aside. 

  4. Combine remaining 2 tsp. oil and remaining half of garlic in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.

  5. Remove central rib and stem from each kale leaf. Brush leaves with half of oil and garlic mixture. Set aside. 

  6. Brush bread with the other half of oil and garlic mixture. Set aside.

  7. Grill kale for 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side, or until slightly brown and crispy. (Kale might need to be grilled in batches.) Cut (or tear) into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

  8. Grill bread for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until brown and crispy. Cut into large cubes. 

  9. Combine kale and bread in a large serving bowl. Drizzle with dressing; toss gently to blend.

  10. Sprinkle with cheese. 

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Healthier Caesar Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 394mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Protein 11g 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

P90X/P90X2 Portions
½ Fat
½ Dairy
½ Grain Carb
1 Vegetable

P90X3 Portions
1½ Carb
½ Protein
1½ Fat

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1 Yellow
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Healthier Caesar Salad