11/04/2015

Greek Yogurt Caesar Salad

When I discovered the idea of making Caesar salad dressing with Greek yogurt I knew it would be a game-changer. The restaurant-quality Caesar Salad Dressing recipe my mom passed down to me contains over ten times the amount of fat this recipe contains and this dressing is just as tasty as the original! And it doesn't contain raw eggs or anchovies, just common, everyday ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen. I love this recipe, and I know you're going to love it too!


Do you love Greek yogurt as much as I do? Try these Pomegranate Greek Yogurt Parfaits or this delicious Scrambled Eggs Benedict with Greek Yogurt Hollandaise Sauce!

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Homemade Caesar Salad is always a recipe worth mastering! It's a favourite of many and it's truly a classic dish. On my mission to create a lower-fat version of this family favourite I was inspired by the recipe found here. Since then I've developed my own blend that I believe brings out more of the classic Caesar flavours everyone knows and loves without all that added fat!


Greek Yogurt Caesar Salad (serves 8)


You'll need:

1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt
1 1/2 tbsp Parmesan cheese (very finely grated)
2 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 cloves of garlic (pressed)
2 tsp lemon juice
3/4 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
a generous pinch of salt and pepper


1 large head of Romaine lettuce
3 slices of bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, for garnishing
Croutons (optional)



To make:

Find a medium-sized mason jar with a lid and add the Greek yogurt, Parmesan, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper, and olive oil.

Zest the skin of about a quarter of a lemon (washed, of course) using a microplane zester and add it to the jar. Adding citrus zest to a recipe intensifies the citrus flavour much more than simply adding citrus juice, so be careful not to add too much zest! 3/4 tsp is lots.

Press 3 cloves of garlic using a garlic press and add that to the jar as well.

Screw the lid on nice and tight and shake it up very well.

Wash and dry a large head of Romaine lettuce and rip it into salad-sized pieces. Toss the lettuce with the dressing until it's well coated. Add the crumbled bacon, the croutons and the grated Parmesan cheese on top, and serve!



If you're feeling adventurous you can make your own croutons (like I did here) by pan-frying some cubes of day-old bread in a little olive oil, garlic powder and salt until they're crispy. Check out this recipe for a full tutorial. Homemade croutons are so much tastier than the ones from the grocery store (not to mention healthier)!


This recipe makes a large salad that's perfect for a dinner party, but the dressing also stays fresh in the tightly closed jar in the fridge for several days for you to enjoy all by yourself!


This homemade Caesar salad dressing tastes so good, I'll never buy Caesar dressing again!

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know if you try it out in your own kitchen!

If you like this recipe, you'll love my Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Orange Vinaigrette or this delicious Grapefruit Arugula Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette!

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8 comments:

  1. I've been looking for a healthier caesar dressing recipe. This one looks great! Pinning it now!

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  2. Thanks for adding this recipe to the Healthy Living Link Party. We appreciate it!

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  3. Looks delicious! I love caesar salad!

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  4. I can`t wait to try this salad. I don`t use mayo (or sour cream), using yoghurt instead. Never thought to try it with Caesar dressing. I might even have it for breakfast along with a French Onion Grilled Cheese Sandwich I pinned a few minutes ago!

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    1. I hope you give it a try! Let me know how it goes! :)

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  5. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. To be honest, I chose it out of necessity, as it's a snow day and I was out of mayo....but this is the best, and most balanced, Caesar dressing I have ever had! I did tweak it a tiny bit (sorry, I know that's obnoxious)...I added a smidgeon of anchovy paste and a dash of Tabaso, and made the garlic and salt into a paste. I loved the addition of lemon zest...brilliant. This will be my recipe from now on for Caesar dressing...thank you!

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    1. Wow! Thanks so much for the feedback! And of course tweaking it to your taste is totally fine! :)

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