Recipe courtesy of Dana Beninati for Food Network Kitchen

Make-Ahead Collard Caesar Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 15 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Caesar salad is a classic for good reason: Crisp lettuce, creamy dressing and crunchy croutons make it a symphony of textures, and anchovy, garlic and Parmesan pack it with umami. To prep this favorite ahead of time, we sub fresh collard greens for the typical romaine lettuce. Collards really deliver on texture and flavor, especially when topped with a quick Caesar-style dressing and the easiest homemade croutons.





  1. For the collards: Whisk the mayonnaise, mustard, anchovy paste, lemon juice, garlic and Worcestershire sauce together in a large mixing bowl. While continuously whisking, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until homogenous.
  2. Add the collard greens to the dressing and massage to coat. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.  
  3. For the croutons: Preheat an air fryer to 350 degrees F.  
  4. Combine the olive oil, garlic powder and black pepper in a medium bowl. Gently toss the crackers in the olive oil until coated. Place the crackers in the air fryer and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly. 
  5. When ready to serve, mound the greens on a serving platter. Cover the greens with the Parmesan. Sprinkle with freshly cracked black pepper. Crush the cracker croutons over the salad and serve.  

Cook’s Note

This salad can be made up to 10 hours in advance. Wait until it is time to serve to garnish with the croutons and Parmesan.