A Lighter (and eggless) Caesar Salad

Caesar salad is my favorite. If I had to choose a last meal, it would be a good filet and homemade caesar salad. But it’s not the healthiest salad option – the eggs, the anchovies, the olive oil – none of it adds up to a healthy meal. This recipe from Candice Kumai is a great option for a caesar salad. The base is greek yogurt, which makes the sauce a lot healthier. It’s great with some grilled chicken on it, or alongside a nice steak. And if you have some bread, you can toast them in the oven with parmesan cheese and make some nice little croutons (more like large parmesan toast…but feel free to cut the bread smaller if you’re a crouton fan). You’ll find the original recipe here.

Eggless Caesar Salad


Healthy Caesar Salad
 
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I love Caesar salad, but I'm never a fan of all the eggs and oil (and to be honest I never have anchovies around). This recipe is quick and easy, and you probably have everything you need already in your kitchen.
Serves: 4
Ingredients
Giant Croutons
  • ½ whole wheat baguette cut on a diagonal into ¼- to ½-inch-thick slices
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Salad
  • 2 Romaine lettuce hearts, trimmed and leaves separated
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
Dressing
  • 5 tablespoons nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. To make the croutons, preheat the oven to 375F. Brush or sprinkle the bread slices with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and garlic powder.
  2. Bake the bread for 5 minutes, flip and sprinkle the croutons with shredded parmesan, and then bake for another 5 minutes or so. Keep an eye on the croutons to make sure they don't burn, especially if you cut them small!
  3. In your salad bowl, mix up all the dressing ingredients with a whisk: yogurt, olive oil, mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper.
  4. Once you're ready to eat, throw the lettuce in the salad bowl and mix it all up. Season with extra salt and pepper if you want more. Enjoy!

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