HEALTHY CAESAR SALAD IDEAS WITH A

"TWO-WEEK" CAESAR DRESSING

👉 RECIPE HACK 1:  a proper Caesar dressing uses raw eggs, but that means you have to consume the dressing that day else risk a nasty tummy/food poisoning.  I replace raw eggs with yogurt and pine nuts to create a creamy dressing that will keep for weeks in your fridge, so a restaurant-level Caesar salad is always at hand!

 

👉 RECIPE HACK 2:  a proper Caesar dressing uses anchovy paste, which I never have, but because I do a lot of Asian cooking, I always have Thai Fish Sauce, and that does the trick to give this Caesar dressing that complexity and depth of flavor you get in a proper restaurant…and it’s useful in other recipes.

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PREP TIME:  6-8 min

MAKES:  1 1/2 cups

DRESSING INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup (110 g) Plain or Greek yogurt*

  • 2 TBSP (30 ml) lemon juice

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 2-4 cloves garlic (to taste)*

  • ¼ tsp black pepper

  • 2 tsp (10 g) pine nuts

  • 2 tsp (10 ml) Dijon mustard

  • ¼ cup (20 g) grated parmesan cheese

  • ¼ tsp Thai fish sauce**

 

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MAKE THE DRESSING

 

Blitz all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.

(yes, it's that easy)

SERVING INSPIRATIONS
JAZZED UP CAESAR SIDE SALAD

  • Romaine lettuce

  • Fresh spinach

  • Shredded parmesan cheese

  • Toasted pine nuts

  • Whole grain croutons

 

The spinach adds nutrients and color to this dish, without affecting taste.  Kids will gobble it up!

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GRILLED CHICKEN CAESAR

 

Simple, easy satisfying lunch or dinner.  I keep grilled chicken slices on hand, as well as this dressing, so your meal is sorted in 5 minutes!

 

 

  • 1/2 to 1 grilled chicken breast per person - depends on the size, and hunger level :-)

  • Romain lettuce

  • Fresh spinach, finely chopped

  • Grated parmesan

 

Mix the lettuce, spinach, croutons, and parmesan with the dressing, transfer to a serving plate, top with sliced chicken and drizzle a bit more dressing over the the chicken.   Lunch or Dinner is served.

GRILLED BABY ROMAINES

This idea is simple, and fun for when you have a dinner party and want to get something a letting festive and fancy on the plate!

 

 

  • Whole heads of baby romaine (or baby gems)

  • Olive oil

  • Shaved parmesan

 

Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add a bit of olive oil.  Cut your baby romaine pieces in half and place cut-side down into the hot pan.  Grill for 1-2 minutes to get the desired browning.  Place cut-side up on a plate, sprinkle with a bit of salt, and pour over the dressing.  Top with shaved parmesan.

SUPERFOOD BROCCOLI CAESAR SALAD

  • Broccoli florets

  • Fresh spinach leaves

  • Mixed lettuce leaves (I had a bag of mix green and purple leaves)

  • Red onion

  • Toasted pumpkin seeds

  • Alfalfa sprouts

  • Grated parmesan cheese

  • Oven-roasted chickpeas

 

Mix the above ingredients together with the Caesar dressing for a super tasty, healthy, filling meal - have it for lunch or dinner!

SUPERFOOD CAESAR SALAD BOWL with LENTILS

 

Mix the above ingredients together with the Caesar dressing for a super tasty, healthy, filling meal - have it for lunch or dinner!

Recipe & Photo Credit:  Cathy Menees

COOKS NOTES

GARLIC:

I LOVE garlic, and thus I usually use 3 cloves (4 if they're small) in this recipes.  But if you prefer a lighter, more delicate garlic hint, then stick with 2 cloves.

 

THAI FISH SAUCE:

Classic Caesar dressing calls for anchovy paste, which I don’t always have…and quite frankly, don’t buy because Caesar salad is the only thing I would use it for. However, Thai fish sauce is something I always have in my refrigerator as it’s a key ingredient in many Thai recipes as well as Asian salad dressings or marinades.  I found this works just fine in place of anchovies to give the dressing that extra punch and depth of flavor.  A little goes a long way...

AMOUNTS:

I always make a double batch as I love to keep this on hand in my fridge.  By skipping the egg-based version, it lasts a longer than it normally would.  Mine is usually used up after 2 weeks (it's that yummy), but I'm guessing it would have gone longer...

 

 

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