I came to the realization a while back that every time I eat a Caesar salad, I devour it, but I don't really eat them that often. Maybe it's the buttery croutons, fresh shaved parmesan or the garlicky crunch of the dressed greens, or maybe a combination of all three. I love a good Caesar. I have found a recipe for a dressing that allows me to enjoy the yummy flavors that make a Caesar, but with a shorter ingredient list and a lighter dressing that is more of a vinaigrette. I topped the salad (omit the croutons if you are feeling super healthy) with grilled chicken for a quick, healthy entree salad.
Light Caesar Salad Dressing
Adapted from Naturally Thin
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 small clove garlic
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon anchovy paste OR 1 anchovy filet
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
4 cups romaine lettuce, torn
3-4 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Put first 5 ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Season lettuce with salt and pepper. Toss with dressing and parmesan cheese.