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The Best Healthy Classic Caesar Salad

March 24, 2021

The Best Healthy Classic Caesar Salad with homemade caesar dressing, baked sourdough croutons on top of crunchy romaine with a sprinkle of fresh parmesan cheese.The Best Healthy Classic Caesar Salad with homemade caesar dressing, baked sourdough croutons on top of crunchy romaine with a sprinkle of fresh parmesan cheese.

I always ask Jordan if he has any recipe requests for the blog. I mean he does eat the food I make for us so it only seems right to ask for his opinion too right?! But he rarely has requests for me. He is more a “eat what he is craving in that moment” kind of guy. Which I get but that doesn’t work when you are planning blog content ha!

When we went away in October for a mini baby moon, we got the most delicious caesar salad at the hotel we were at it. It was a legit real deal kid of salad too. Not a vegan one or one without cheese. And it was so freaking good and it had the best crunchy croutons. I knew then and there that I just had to make my own homemade Caesar salad for us all to make at home. It is truly one of my favorite salads in the world and this recipe doesn’t skimp on flavor let me just tell you!

The dressing is made with just a few simple ingredients and I tossed it all into my food processor, which made it even easier to make. Added some sourdough I had on hand into the oven and made the most delish croutons ever.

If you guys enjoy this recipe, let me know in the comments! I hope you guys love it as much as we do.

The Best Healthy Classic Caesar Salad with homemade caesar dressing, baked sourdough croutons on top of crunchy romaine with a sprinkle of fresh parmesan cheese.The Best Healthy Classic Caesar Salad with homemade caesar dressing, baked sourdough croutons on top of crunchy romaine with a sprinkle of fresh parmesan cheese.

What ingredients you need to make this homemade Caesar salad:

  • Garlic
  • Chopped anchovies
  • Lemon
  • Dijon mustard
  • Organic mayonnaise
  • Freshly grated Parmigano-Reggiano (freshly grated from the block of cheese)
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Gluten-free sourdough bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (or your favorite bread)
  • Olive or avocado oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Romaine lettuce (amount will vary based off how much you are making! I buy 2 large bags of washed/cut romaine usually and still have leftover dressing)
  • I love adding in some grilled chicken, hard boiled eggs and anything I have on hand too

How to make homemade Caesar salad dressing with gluten-free croutons: 

  1. Start making the dressing by adding all ingredients to food processor or blender and pulse until smooth and creamy
  2. Pour into a container of choice and set aside
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  4. Toss the bread in some oil and sprinkle desired amount of garlic powder on top
  5. Add bread to baking sheet and bake in oven for about 18-20 minutes (or until crispy to your liking)
  6. To assemble salad, add the lettuce, croutons, cheese and any other mix-in’s you want then drizzled desired amount of dressing and enjoy!

A few of my other favorite healthy and delicious salads to make:

The Best Vegan Creamy Tahini Caesar Salad (gluten-free)

The Ultimate Healthy Harvest Salad (gluten-free)

Kale + Brussels Sprout Slaw with Honey Mustard Dressing

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad with Gluten-free Croutons

Seriously Good Chicken Cobb Salad (gluten-free)

The Best Healthy Classic Caesar Salad with homemade caesar dressing, baked sourdough croutons on top of crunchy romaine with a sprinkle of fresh parmesan cheese.The Best Healthy Classic Caesar Salad with homemade caesar dressing, baked sourdough croutons on top of crunchy romaine with a sprinkle of fresh parmesan cheese.

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The Best Healthy Classic Caesar Salad

The Best Healthy Classic Caesar Salad with homemade caesar dressing, baked sourdough croutons on top of crunchy romaine with a sprinkle of fresh parmesan cheese.

  • Author: Rachel
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins

Ingredients

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Caesar dressing:

  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped anchovies
  • Juice from 1 lemon, squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 cup organic mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigano-Reggiano (freshly grated from the block of cheese)
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Croutons:

  • 3 slices gluten-free sourdough bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (or your favorite bread)
  • 12 tablespoons olive or avocado oil
  • Garlic powder

Salad:

  • Romaine lettuce (amount will vary based off how much you are making! I buy 2 large bags of washed/cut romaine usually and still have leftover dressing)
  • Freshly grated Parmigano-Reggiano
  • I love adding in some grilled chicken, hard boiled eggs and anything I have on hand too

Instructions

  1. Start making the dressing by adding all ingredients to food processor or blender and pulse until smooth and creamy
  2. Pour into a container of choice and set aside
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  4. Toss the bread in some oil and sprinkle desired amount of garlic powder on top
  5. Add bread to baking sheet and bake in oven for about 18-20 minutes (or until crispy to your liking)
  6. To assemble salad, add the lettuce, croutons, cheese and any other mix-in’s you want then drizzled desired amount of dressing and enjoy!

Notes

*Leftover dressing stays good for about 1 week in the fridge. I don’t usually freeze this

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