Health is a journey. While I promote a plant based lifestyle now – these older posts reflect my journey into making healthier choices. I leave these online to support others in making changes and to show that not everything needs to change at once. Take your time and always listen to what’s right for your body.
When you think of Caesar Salad, does the word healthy come to mind? I mean it is a salad right? But it’s got to be one of the worst salads out there as the dressing is always very heavy and creamy. Completely delicious, but not good for you. Caesar salad is probably one of my all-time favourite things that I literally never get sick of. I remember when I was a kid, every single time we went out to eat I would get one. Come to think of it, I still always order one. And now I’m sharing a great healthy Caesar salad to make at home – and you can actually say that it’s good for you. Don’t feel bad if you end up eating this one every day.
This is a quick dressing to make and it’s easy to downsize (or grow) depending on the number of people you want to feed. It’s an olive oil base with only a couple other ingredients. Big on garlic flavour, of course, and not super heavy.
Aside from the dressing – the thing that makes this salad as great as it is is fresh Asiago cheese. It adds a nice bite and a little saltiness to the salad. If you choose not to go the Asiago route – Parmesan is great as well. But it has to be fresh! The pre-grated Parmesan you buy has so much filler in it – I wonder how much cheese you’re actually getting. The flavour is so much more pronounced when it’s fresh and I find you don’t end up using as much because of that – it ends up going a long way. I just recently switched in my house to buying a big block of Parmesan – and I don’t think I’ll ever go back.
A piece of advice for this one too – since the garlic is raw, dicing it won’t usually get the pieces small enough. Use a garlic press or a garlic grater, it’s the best thing ever. Makes life so easy (especially since I put garlic in everything!).
When you try this dressing out for yourself – have a taste before adding the salad ingredients. These are rough measurements and depending on your tastes it’s easy to add another squeeze of lemon or a little more anchovy paste to your preference. It’s easy to alter and make your own.
Healthy Caesar Salad
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 tsp mustard
- 1/2 tsp anchovy paste
- 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- wedge of lemon
- 1 cup asiago or parmesan cheese (shredded)
- 1 cup croutons
- Grate garlic clove into the salad bowl you’ll be using.
- Add mustard, anchovy paste, Worcestershire, and olive oil and whisk until it has come together.
- Squeeze in lemon and add pepper to taste.
- Chop your romaine lettuce (to the size you like). And add into the bowl with dressing.
- Add croutons.
- Freshly grate your Asiago or Parmesan cheese on top.
- Toss together.