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Caesar Salad and grilled salmon

Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing

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  • Author: Karen
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Chop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Caesar salad is on the menu at the best eateries for a reason – it’s delicious. You can never have too many salad recipes in your meal rotation. And this Caesar Salad recipe goes with everything: Grilled chicken, salmon, steaks, chops, tenderloin, burgers, and even pizza.


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  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce, washed and torn or a 15-ounce package*
  • 10 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes washed and halved
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, coarsely grated
  • 1.75-ounce bag Parmesan Crisps or 1 cup store-bought croutons** see note below


  • 1 cup avocado mayonnaise. I use Primal Kitchen
  • 1 small lemon, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste or smash 4 anchovies in oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.5 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper



  1. Prepare Salad – Tear the romaine heads into bite-sized pieces and place them in a salad spinner. Rinse lettuce and spin dry. Pat dry with a towel if any water remains. Place lettuce pieces in a large salad bowl. Rinse tomatoes and cut them in half. Distribute tomatoes on top of salad greens. Sprinkle Parmesan Crisp or croutons on salad.
  2. Make Dressing – Place mayonnaise in a medium bowl. Stir in the juice of the lemon, minced garlic, mustard anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine.
  3. Toss dressing and salad. Start with half of the sauce on the salad and gently toss. Place extra dressing on the table for salad dressing lovers or dollop on protein served at the meal. Cover any extra salad dressing and place in the refrigerator. It is fresh for one week


*Don’t get a lettuce mixture – romaine only for a real Caesar Salad

**Parmesan Crisps “crackers” are available in the snack aisle – they are low carb, gluten-free, and loaded with calcium; Homemade or store-bought croutons are more traditional but are not low carb or gluten-free.

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