I have been a big fan of Caesar salad for a long time now, but this is my first time actually trying to make my own Caesar salad dressing. The salad dressing used in this salad was inspired by a recipe in the Comfort Food Diet Cookbook. Taste of Home has made several Comfort Food Diet Cookbooks over the years and I think they are all great! I have mentioned this before, but if you are looking for some new cookbooks you may want to check them out. They are PACKED with tons of great recipes. I get a lot of inspiration from their recipes, so if you like my recipes on MPM chances are good you will like theirs too.
A common ingredient in Caesar salads is Parmesan cheese. Typically Caesar salads would include shredded or shaved Parmesan, but I used grated because I was trying to use ingredients I already had on hand. You know what tastes really good though? If you can get your hands on it, try getting a block of Parmesan cheese and use a vegetable shredder or peeler to make shaved/peeled Parmesan cheese. Eating fresh Parmesan is a whole different experience than eating the grated bottled Parmesan most of us are used to.
(picture credit: Once Upon A Chef)
Make it for lunch, for dinner or as a side salad.
This would make a great lunch, dinner, or side salad. If you prepare the salad as described below it is just 2 Weight Watcher FreeStyle smart points per salad. If you have some boneless, skinless cooked chicken on hand you could turn the salad into a Chicken Caesar Salad by adding 1/2 cooked chicken to each bowl and not add any more points. Of course, with the new FreeStyle program you can add as much chicken as you like, but I would suggest doing 1/4 to 1/2 cup cooked chicken to each salad. You’ve got to give this salad a try.
Here is what you need:
1/3 cup Fage Total 0% Nonfat Greek strained yogurt
1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
10 cups romaine lettuce
30 Fresh Gourmet Classic Caesar Premium Croutons
2-1/2 tablespoons shredded or grated Parmesan cheese, divided
Here is what you do:
Prepare the salad dressing in a small bowl by mixing the yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
Shred or tear romaine lettuce.
(sidenote: Have you ever used a nylon serrated knife? They are perfect for cutting heads of lettuce and cabbage, and other foods that would typically brown after they are cut. I don’t totally understand the science behind it. I just know it works.)
Put 2 cups lettuce into 5 bowls. Top each with 2 tablespoons prepared dressing and mix dressing into the lettuce. Top each bowl with 6 croutons, and 1/2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.
That’s it. Easy peasy.
Makes 5 servings.
One serving is 2 cups lettuce, 2 tablespoons dressing, 6 croutons, and 1/2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.
Each serving is 2 WW FreeStyle Smart Points.
- 1/3 cup Fage Total 0% Nonfat Greek strained yogurt
- 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 10 cups romaine lettuce
- 30 Fresh Gourmet Classic Caesar Premium Croutons
- 2-1/2 tablespoons shredded or grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- Prepare the salad dressing in a small bowl by mixing the yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
- Shred or tear romaine lettuce.
- Put 2 cups lettuce into 5 bowls. Top each with 2 tablespoons prepared dressing and mix dressing into the lettuce. Top each bowl with 6 croutons, and 1/2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.
*SmartPoints® calculated by Meal Planning Mommies; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated without Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.