Brimming with color, texture and flavor, these fresh salads are simply brilliant.
January 06, 2016
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New and Classic Caesar Salads
Searching for new takes on this classic? Look no further. Our collection of inviting Caesar salads are perfect choices for take-to-work lunches, family picnics, or get-togethers with friends.
Flame-kissed greens are one of summer's best treats. The grill gives salads depth and complexity: a hint of smoke, some subtle char, a little caramelization. This dressing mimics the flavor of a typical Caesar but in a vinaigrette form that allows this salad to stay under 300 calories.
There’s something so comforting about a classic Caesar salad. It’s even better when you have the same great taste for half the calories and double the vitamins. This makeover of Caesar salad has a hearty texture from the raw kale that holds up the thick, creamy dressing that we all know and love. Make it a full meal by adding your protein of choice and some extra vegetable toppings.
Maybe we're going too far, thinking of the toasty bagel here as a kind of oversized crouton for the light Caesar salad filling. Maybe not. To brown-bag, pack sandwich components separately—the leaves and the cheese; a mixture of the dressing and pepper; and the toasted bagel. For the vegetarians in your crew, choose salad dressing that doesn't contain anchovies.
Mix and Match: Toss lettuce, cheese, pepper, and dressing together; tuck into a pita or a whole-wheat flatbread.
Craving a fresh salad in the midst of cold weather? Seasonal radicchio and baby spinach leaves replace romaine in this delicious twist on the classic Caesar salad. The radicchio, a winter chicory known for its signature bitter and slightly spicy taste, provides ample crunch in this filling salad. With creamy Caesar dressing and rich Parmesan cheese, it clocks in at a surprising 77 calories per serving.
Toss fresh arugula leaves with our homemade Caesar Vinaigrette dressing and top with shaved Parmesan cheese for a simple but elegant salad. This salad lends any meal a sharp, pleasant bite. The fresher the Parmesan, the better. Coming in at just 82 calories per serving, it’s a satisfying side dish that doesn’t ring up the calories.
It doesn't get any more classic (or easier) than this salad. Bottled Caesar dressing is easy to find, but homemade is something everyone should try at least once. It's used here as both dressing and basting sauce for the chicken.
Once you make this salad for the first time, you’ll never feel the need to make a real Caesar again. The lemon juice and olive oil add such fresh flavors. Let your kids choose chicken, fish, or steak to eat with it. Make this a gluten-free salad by replacing the French bread with a gluten-free option.
This dressing is so easy and full of flavor that you'll never go back to bottled. Anchovies contribute salty meatiness, and the egg yolk binds everything together for a creamy texture, so don't omit either one. Be sure to look for pasteurized eggs since they are not cooked. Homemade croutons are healthier than store-bought, take just 15 minutes, and are a great way to add crunch to any salad. Add grilled shrimp or chicken to make this an entrée salad, or serve it with your favorite pasta toss.