CONFESSION. I love Caesar salads and I don’t care how basic that makes me. In an effort to try to eat more salads the boy and I have put a few into the weekly meal rotation.
Don’t you find that the Caesar you get when you go to a restaurant is WAY better than the one you make at home? That’s mostly because they use real cheese and high fat dressing, but I find mine is pretty damn good. Usually I like to make my own Caesar vinaigrette dressing (recipe below) but sometimes you need to make dinner quick in which case I go for Renee’s low-fat version (still good!)
Home made Caesar vinaigrette:
- 3 finely chopped or minced garlic cloves (I like it’s really garlicky)
- 1 tbsp anchovy paste
- Pinch of coarse salt
- Juice of one lemon
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
- Fresh ground pepper to taste
Nutritional Info (dressing only) 396 calories, 16g carbs, 30g fat, 6g protein (remember this is for the whole salad, not for a serving!)
That’s it! Whisk it all together and taste to ensure you’ve seasoned to your taste. For the Caesar it’s pretty straight forward guys, unless you just crawled out from under a rock.
- Fresh romaine lettuce
- Bacon (don’t be a jerk and cut corners on the bacon, it is the main thing that will make your salad taste awesome. I cook 5 strips in the oven at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes then crush it up)
- Croutons (I just buy these…because I have no time for this.)
- Chicken breast (The amount depends on how many people you’re serving – best if you can grill it on the BBQ!)
- Parmesan Cheese (just a sprinkle)
- Fresh ground pepper (if you’re into that)
Nutritional Info (Using Renee’s Low Fat): 382 Calories, 18g Carbs, 22g fat (mostly from dressing/bacon), 23g protein.
GO! GO HOME AND MAKE A CAESAR SALAD RIGHT NOW!