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The Most Amazing Healthy Homemade Caesar Salad

Lisa Eberly

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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
(serves 3-4)

Ingredients:
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! 

If you do make this salad and 'dress' it up in your own fun way, send a picture of it to theteam@nourishbylisa.com or tweet/FB/insta us a photo for a FREE Nourish Recipe Ebook! :)  

Healthy Caesar Dressing

Lisa Eberly

Caesar salad is like the disobedient child of the salad family. It's like, Okay salad, you've got one job: be healthy! Caesar is like: eh better not. 

Seriously, Caesar. You had one job. 

Really though, I friggin' love Caesar salad! It's always the most rich and filling of my salad options.

But, Caesar means one thing: a bazillion calories from a creamy, fatty dressing.  

Hi I'm Lisa and I am about to change your Caesar game. 

WHAT IF you could make a salad dressing that tasted like Caesar, was as filling as Caesar, but wasn't unhealthy and thick? 

Good news, I do it all the time and I'm going to show you how to as well.

I bet you're thinking: ughh homemade salad dressing...what is she thinking? Like I don't have a day job?! 

Yea, I got you. I should mention it takes about 7 minutes to make. 

Healthy Homemade Caesar Dressing

Ingredients: 
Juice of 3/4 of a lemon (~2 tablespoons juice!)
~1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1-2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
Dash of salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes

Directions: 
1. Fill a small pot half way with water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, drop the egg in and immediately turn off the heat. Leave the egg (off heat) for exactly 6 minutes (set a timer!).* 
2. While that egg is chilling' (aka coddling), combine all other ingredients in a bowl. 
3. Crack in the coddled egg* and whisk until all ingredients are blended well! Taste it and add more of something to your liking. I like to play with ingredients a bit and mix it up. If I'm feeling lemon-y, ill add a little more lemon, if I'm feeling spicy, I'll add a little more red pepper flakes. If I'm not making out with anyone later, I'll hit it with some extra garlic. Adding extra Worcestershire sauce will make it more "Caesar-y" as I call it. I don't like making strict ingredient rules. When I make this recipe at home I don't measure it -- just do everything to taste. Try tasting as you go to get the right flavor. You want it to be a little stronger than you'd like, as it will dull out when mixed into a salad. 

I usually toss this with 1/2 kale, 1/2 romaine, some grape tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and my homemade croutons (recipe coming soon!). Deeeeelish! 

*Consuming raw or undercooked eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have a medical condition. So, please avoid this recipe if you are at risk.