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Citrus Caesar Salad with Baked Croutons

Citrus Caesar Salad with Baked Croutons

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  • Author: The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8
  • Category: Salad


Sweet-tart oranges and mellow parmesan meet crisp kale and romaine in this Citrus Caesar Salad with Baked Croutons. Tossed together with a simple, zesty dressing and home-baked croutons, you’ll want to make this extraordinary Caesar salad again and again.


Baked Croutons:

  • 2 heaping cups cubed bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt


  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper


  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 4 cups chopped romaine
  • ½ cup shaved parmesan cheese
  • 1 medium orange, peeled and sliced


  1. To make the croutons, preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium mixing bowl, toss the cubed bread with the melted butter and garlic salt until evenly coated. Spread the bread cubes into an even layer on a baking pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Toss the croutons with a spatula, or by shaking the pan, halfway through the baking time. Remove the baked croutons from the oven and let cool while you prep the salad.
  2. To make the citrus Caesar dressing, combine all of the dressing ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and whisk until well combined and smooth.
  3. To make the salad, combine the chopped kale and chopped romaine to a large bowl. Add desired amount of dressing and toss to coat. Add the parmesan cheese, orange slices and baked croutons, toss again. Serve immediately.