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Caesar Salad on a white plate with Parmesan cheese sprinkling down on it.
Lighter Caesar Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Caesar salad has been around for so long that it's become a staple on menus across the world. Here are two different ways to make this salad - the classic version and the equally delicious lighter version.
Course: Entrées, Side Dishes, Salads
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Vegetarian, Paleo Friendly, Lunch, Quick and Easy
Servings: 6
Calories: 156 kcal
Author: The Blue Jean Chef, Meredith Laurence
  • juice from ½ lemon, about 2 teaspoons
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • ½ clove garlic, finely minced or mashed into a paste
  • ¼ cup plain natural yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 hearts Romaine lettuce, washed and dried
  • 1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 4 ounces Italian bread (4 thick slices), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Make the croutons by pre-heating the oven to 375ºF (or pre-heat the air fryer to 370ºF). Toss the cubed bread in a bowl with the olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Spread the cubes out on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until nicely toasted (or air-fry for 5 minutes).

  2. Make the dressing by whisking the lemon juice, salt, pepper, anchovy paste and garlic together and whisk well. Add the yogurt and olive oil, and mix well to blend. Season to taste with salt, more lemon juice and the Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Cut the Romaine leaves into bite-sized pieces (or leave them whole if desired). Toss the lettuce leaves with some of the dressing. Toss the croutons in at the last minute and plate.
  4. Using a vegetable peeler, peel big shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese on top and serve with some freshly ground black pepper.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Lighter Caesar Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 156 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 289mg12%
Potassium 56mg2%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.