Blackened Shrimp Kale Caesar Salad. (2024)


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by Jessica March 4, 2020

The most delicious blackened shrimp kale caesar is on the menu today!

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It’s a simple yet flavorful recipe. There’s not much in that bowl, but it tastes like heaven! Promise. Pinky swear.

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This is one of those salads that doesn’t need much. Clearly! All we have is some massage kale dressed in my favorite caesar dressing and some blackened shrimp.


Oh and a few rogue pieces of shaved parmesan. I swear you don’t need much more. Both the kale and shrimp are heavily flavored. The shrimp acts like the (somewhat?) crunchy croutons to our caesar salad. The kale is chewy enough without being tough. There is texture and flavor and oh my heck what else do we need?

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The shrimp is easy. You use melted butter and a mix of cajun-ish seasonings and spices to get the flavorful coating. Cook it in a skillet for a few minutes and you’re good to go. I guess if you didn’t want the skillet mess, you could also cook it on a sheet pan for 8 or so minutes like I do with my lime shrimp fajitas.

Then you’d have a sheet pan mess, but whatever! It’s worth it for a deeeelish meal.

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The kale caesar? Well, I don’t even know what to say about that, other than this is my go-to for kale caesars! Sometimes we go through periods of eating this salad once a week. Eddie absolutely LOVES it, I think it’s his favorite salad that I make.

What I love about it is that it’s super flavorful on its own, but additionally, it makes a great base for practically ANYTHING.


Crispy chicken tenders? Done.

Salmon or shrimp? Easy.

Roasted chickpeas? Obviously.

Lots of roasted vegetables? YEP.

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Everything you put on this kale caesar complements it well. Or I guess I should say that the kale caesar is what does the complementing, because it’s such a fantastic base!

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It’s the perfect meal to add to your lenten friday line up. It’s also really great for dinner anytime at all.

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And perhaps what I love most: the kale caesar is almost better the next day. YES. It sits in the dressing, basically massages in the fridge and the texture becomes even softer and the taste more flavorful. It’s a salad you can actually prep entirely before if you’d like! Just keep the shrimp separate and then mix everything at once right before eating.

Winner winner kale for dinner.

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Blackened Shrimp Kale Caesar Salad

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Blackened Shrimp Kale Caesar

Yield: 2 to 4 people

Prep Time: 25 minutes mins

Cook Time: 15 minutes mins

Total Time: 40 minutes mins

This blackened shrimp kale caesar is loaded with flavor. Spiced, buttery shrimp pan fried until golden, then thrown on kale caesar salad. Delish!

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kale caesar

  • Tear, shred or chop the kale and place it in a bowl. You can actually chop it as much or as little as you like - depends on how you like to eat your kale salad!

  • To make the dressing, add the garlic, yogurt, parmesan, mustard, vinegar, anchovy paste, lemon juice, salt and pepper to a food processor and blend until pureed. With the processor still on, stream in the olive oil until a creamy dressing forms. (This will make more dressing than needed, but you can store it sealed in the fridge for about 3-4 days and stir well before using.)

  • Add about 1/4 cup of the dressing (or even 1/3 to 1/2 cup if you use it on 2 bunches) on the kale to start and toss well to distribute, even massaging it with clean hands. Let it sit for 10 minutes. While the kale marinates in the dressing, cook your shrimp!

blackened shrimp

  • Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel.

  • In a bowl, whisk together the paprika, oregano, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and crushed red pepper.

  • Place the shrimp in a large bowl. Drizzle with the melted butter and toss well to coat. Sprinkle the seasoning all over the shrimp and toss well so they are all coated in the spices.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the olive oil. Add the shrimp in a single layer (you may need to do this in batches) and cook until golden and crisp on each side, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Do not overcook or the shrimp will be chewy!

  • Remove the shrimp and place it on the kale salad. Garnish with shaved parmesan if you’d like!

Course: Salad

Cuisine: American

Author: How Sweet Eats

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    LB Tracy Reply

    For the dressing is it ok to leave out anchovy paste? Should I substitute it with something else? Thank you!

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      Jessica Reply

      you can just leave it out! no need to sub!

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    Sabrina Reply

    my kind of shrimp! thank you, otherwise, shrimp in salads is not for me, so much appreciated

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    Alei Reply

    I had been burnt out on salads for months until I saw this one! So much flavor & the kale is a perfect vehicle for the dressing :) Thanks!

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    Ángela Reply

    Not gonna lie. I was little scared to taste this after I prepared it. I had planned to leave out the anchovy paste but had to run out for Parmesan so figured I’d try it. 😬 it was sooooo good! It has a little kick to it (but I’m a wimp). Very tasty!

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    Nichole Reply

    This was fantastic! Super easy to put together for a quick and healthy weeknight dinner!! I excluded anchovy paste from the dressing and it was still great – super crisp without being too heavy. I also heated the kale in a pot for just a minute with a tiny bit of apple cider vinegar and olive oil to soften it up, but still served as a salad as intended. Wonderful recipe, thank you so much for sharing.

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    Jordan Reply

    The seasoning on the shrimp is amazing. Unfortunately I forgot to add the olive oil to the dressing so my kale was very dry, but that was my error.

Blackened Shrimp Kale Caesar Salad. (2024)


How many calories in a blackened shrimp Caesar salad? ›

Applebee's Blackened Shrimp Caesar Salad (1 serving) contains 27g total carbs, 20g net carbs, 52g fat, 25g protein, and 660 calories.

How many calories are in shrimp caesar salad? ›

Did I mention Shrimp Caesar salad is relatively low in calories coming in at only 311 calories per serving? Plus, it contains a whopping 168% of the daily Vitamin A requirement. In case you are wondering, yes, classic Caesar Salad Dressing does contain raw egg. The eggs act as an emulsifier in the dressing.

How many calories are in a kale caesar salad? ›

Nutrition Facts
For a Serving Size of 1 salad (279g)
How many calories are in Kale Caesar Salad? Amount of calories in Kale Caesar Salad: Calories 430Calories from Fat 252 (58.6%)
% Daily Value *
How much fat is in Kale Caesar Salad? Amount of fat in Kale Caesar Salad: Total Fat 28g-
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How many calories are in Applebee's shrimp caesar salad? ›

Nutrition Facts
Calories 660(2762 kJ)
Sodium1830 mg76%
Total Carbohydrate27 g9%
Dietary Fiber7 g28%
Sugars6 g
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What makes Caesar salad high in calories? ›

Traditional Caesar salads can be high in saturated fat, thanks to the dressing and cheese. Salads that use “light” dressing are lower comparatively, but can still be high in sodium. Light Caesar dressings contribute fewer calories, so they can be good alternatives to full-fat versions.

Is Caesar salad dressing high in calories? ›

"The higher fat, higher calorie creamy dressings such as Caesar, blue cheese or ranch pack about 110-120 calories and 12g fat per 2 tablespoons, which is almost double of some vinaigrettes," says Harris-Pincus.

What has more calories Greek salad or Caesar salad? ›

Caesar Salad: 330 calories. Caesar Salad with Chicken: 470 calories. Greek Salad: 400 calories.

How many calories in a Caesar salad main course? ›

In a large side or main order of traditional Caesar salad there are approximately 560 calories.

What are the macros of shrimp Caesar salad? ›

Per Serving: 283 calories; fat 15.7g; saturated fat 2.5g; mono fat 8.8g; poly fat 2.6g; protein 22g; carbohydrates 12g; fiber 3g; cholesterol 158mg; iron 2mg; sodium 532mg; calcium 180mg.

Is Caesar salad healthy diet? ›

Each ingredient of a chicken caesar salad contains beneficial properties for your health and well-being. Not only does it satisfy your hunger, but it fuels your body, making it well-equipped with the necessary nutrients to keep you going long after consumption.

How many calories are in a Caesar salad without croutons? ›

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Other sizes: 1 serving - 184kcal, 100 g - 170kcal, more...

What is the nutritional value of kale Caesar salad? ›

Kale Caesar Salad - 1 cup
  • Calories 328.
  • Total Fat 17g 22%
  • Saturated Fat 5.2g 26%
  • Trans Fat 0.2g.
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 2.1g.
  • Monounsaturated Fat 7.2g.
  • Cholesterol 27mg 9%
  • Sodium 2176mg 95%
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How many calories are in a Chili's shrimp Caesar salad? ›

Chili's Southwestern Shrimp Caesar Salad (1 serving) contains 21g total carbs, 16g net carbs, 44g fat, 20g protein, and 550 calories.

How many calories are in Applebee's blackened shrimp alfredo? ›

Nutrition Facts
Calories 1160(4854 kJ)
Trans Fat2.5 g
Cholesterol365 mg122%
Sodium2810 mg117%
Total Carbohydrate80 g27%
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How many calories are in a Olive Garden Caesar salad? ›

There are 800 calories in 1 serving of Olive Garden Caesar Salad without Croutons.

How many calories are in blackened shrimp? ›

Blackened Shrimp
Nutrition Facts 1 servings per container Serving size 4 oz Calories per serving 112Amount/serving
The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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How many calories in a blackened chicken Caesar salad? ›

Wash + dry lettuce leaves; add large bowl with chicken + 1 cup croutons, then drizzle on 2-4 tbsp dressing. Amount per serving: Calories 620, Total Fat 43g (56% DV), Sat.

How many calories are in a serving size of Caesar salad? ›

Caesar Salad: 330 calories. Caesar Salad with Chicken: 470 calories. Greek Salad: 400 calories.

How many calories are in a salad with shrimp? ›

Shrimp Salad (1 cup) contains 3.6g total carbs, 2.8g net carbs, 16.1g fat, 23.6g protein, and 258 calories.

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