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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Healthier Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad. That thicky, creamy, garlicky dressing! Who can resist? And of course, eating salad must be healthy right? WRONG!

Caesar salad is usually anything but healthy. Except for my version of course, which is packed with flavor and can be eaten without a guilty conscience!

In this recipe, I use yogurt for the creaminess and lots of lemon, anchovies and dijon to give maximum impact. I do use parmesan in the dressing, but only 1/4 cup of the grated good stuff. Try to stay away from the pre-grated, processed kind.

I served mine as a main course with some grilled, shredded chicken leg, but you could serve yours plain, or top it with whatever you like (try a piece of grilled fish, canned tuna, or even olives and walnuts for some protein!).

Give it a try and I am sure you will add this to your list of everyday meals!

Healthier Caesar Salad
Serves 2 as a main course

1/2 Head Romaine Lettuce, washed and cut
5 Anchovy Fillets, mashed to a paste
2 cloves Garlic, crushed
1 tsp Dijon Mustard
3 tbsp Yogurt
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a bowl, mash the anchovy fillets. Add the garlic and mustard and mix together well. Then stir in the yogurt, lemon juice and olive oil. Stir in the parmesan. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Toss the chopped romaine in the caesar dressing. Garnish with some parmesan shavings and extra toppings (chicken, fish, etc) as desired.


  1. I happened upon your recipe just in time for lunch today. Since I was planning to have a salad anyway, this is the one I will have. Gotta love a quick, easy, and delicious way to prepare lunch on a Monday. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I always judge a new restaurant by how much I like the Caesar salad. I think I'd be coming back to your kitchen!