7 Trendy Caesar Salads to Conquer Summer

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad
Photo: Chef Sous Chef

These Caesar salad recipes put hot new twists on a cool classic. They came, they saw, they conquered summer. From salad on a stick, to grilled romaine on top of grilled baguette, all the way to Caesar pasta salad, the options are endless, effortless, and exemplary. Ditch the croutons for a low-carb version, or incorporate nutritional yeast in place of egg and Parmesan for a vegan-friendly dressing. Overall, these different variations are a crowd-pleaser.

01 of 07

Chicken Caesar Salad on a Stick

Chicken Caesar Salad on a Stick
Photo by Lindsey.

This summer, it seems like everything's on a stick. Et tu, Caesar salad? Of course! Thread croutons, wedges of romaine, cooked chicken, and cubes of Parmesan cheese onto bamboo sticks with plenty of Caesar salad dressing for dipping or drizzling. "A fun, bite-sized party treat!" says voraciousgirl.

02 of 07

Knife and Fork Grilled Caesar Salad

Knife and Fork Grilled Caesar Salad
Photo by Christina.

Cut a head of romaine lettuce into quarters and grill 'em! Then lay them down on slices of grilled baguette, which stand in mightily for the croutons. Top with creamy Caesar dressing and wide slices of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Then make like Brutus, and go at it with knife and fork, carving it "as a dish fit for the gods."

03 of 07

Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad
Chef Sous Chef

What better way to change up your average caesar salad than with shredded Brussels sprouts? Shred them yourself on a box grater or in the food processor, or buy them pre-shredded for easy prep.

04 of 07

Kale Caesar with Cucumbers and Leeks

Kale Caesar with Cucumbers and Leeks

Hail, Kale Caesar Salad! Healthy, trendy kale takes over for romaine lettuce. A homemade dressing, chopped leeks, and sliced cucumbers round out the cast. It's a creative new twist on a classic. And wasn't it Caesar who said, "Creating is the essence of life"? Enjoy!

05 of 07

Macaroni Caesar Salad

Macaroni Caesar Salad
Photo by Christina.

Not that you love Caesar salad less, but that you love romaine lettuce more when featured in this trendy way. This salad takes everything you'd expect in a Caesar salad and adds bacon, eggs, and macaroni. "You have a whole new dish," says Nicole, the recipe submitter. "You can add any noodle you desire. It is very delicious and easy to make."

06 of 07

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

pasta salad with chicken, eggs, red onion
Christina

This recipe calls for cooked chicken, but try it with grilled shrimp, or leave out the protein altogether and enjoy it as a simple pasta salad. "Great flavor," says Christina "I loved how easy it was to throw together, and how it didn't get dry, like some of these types of salads do upon sitting in the fridge."

07 of 07

Tortellini, Steak, and Caesar

Tortellini, Steak, and Caesar
mschwab

Your salad, your pasta, your meat -- it's all in there. This full, three-course meal-in-a-bowl gives you all the energy you'll need.

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