So this recipe is my go-to when it comes to salad. It's super easy to make a little fancier, simpler, more filling, less filling, etc. I like having variability in recipes so that you're not stuck to the exact measurements and way of doing it. This recipe gives you opportunity to explore ways you like this salad!
Even salad's toughest critics like Caesar salad. But, the trouble with Caesar salad is that it's usually packed with fat and calories. Good news -- NOT MINE! :) Everything made from scratch and not time consuming or difficult -- despite people thinking you've been slaving away in the kitchen for hours!
Healthy Homemade Caesar Salad
Our homemade salad dressing ingredients
Our homemade spicy croutons ingredients
1-2 heaping handfuls of clean, chopped kale
1 head of romaine lettuce
1-2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1 handful of grape tomatoes, sliced
3-4 lemon slices (optional, for garnish)
Directions (to make this salad fast is all about technique and timing, so these directions include making the dressing and croutons to show how to optimize time!):
1. Boil water in a small pot. While waiting to boil, slice tomatoes in halves and chop lettuce.
2. Once water boiling, drop egg in there to coddle for dressing. Once egg dropped, remove pot from heat and let sit for 6 minutes.
3. While waiting, slice bread for croutons, toss in EVOO, S/P, and red pepper flakes (optional minced garlic!) -- place in oven or toaster over for recommended time.
4. Remove egg from water and let cool. While cooling, combine all other ingredients for dressing in small bowl. Add egg once cooled.
5. Toss letttuce, tomatoes, and cheese into a big bowl. Add dressing and croutons and toss!
Ways to make this recipe more filling or creative:
1. Add a protein, like grilled chicken, salmon, shrimp, or tofu.
2. Make it southwestern style (my favorite!): add a pinch of cumin to the dressing; add black beans, roasted corn, and avocado to the lettuce; and use limes instead of lemons in dressing and garnish!
3. Add pine nuts or another favorite nut!
4. Add herbs, like basil for a more rich, Italian flavor.
If I'm making this salad as a main dish, I make it southwestern style and add grilled chicken. If it's a side, I do it the basic way (and sometimes add Trader Joe's frozen roasted corn!). You can really get creative and make it your own!