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Skinny Caesar Salad Dressing

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Skinny Caesar Salad Dressing

Skinny Caesar Salad Dressing
© Denzil Green

Caesar Salad is usually incredibly fattening, sadly.

This incredibly delicious version is very close in taste and composition to the 1940s classic versions, while turning the salad back into a true health food.

A large serving of Caesar Salad made with this dressing is only 2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus® per serving (compare that to up to 30 Weight Watchers points for other versions), so you can enjoy a heaping plateful of this guilt free!

Most people will be hard pressed to taste any difference in the assembled salad, and they will all prefer it to bottled.

For a full-fat version, see our Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe.

Number of servings: Makes 175 ml (3/4 cup)

Estimated Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

Directions

Make the salad base (unless you have some prepared in the fridge - click the ingredient above for link), and set aside to cool. When cool, proceed with recipe.

Put all the ingredients in a food processor or in a blender and press "whiz" until blended.

When you are ready to assemble the salad, wash and dry the romaine lettuce leaves. Toss with about 3/4 of the salad dressing. Reserve the other 1/4, and use only if needed.

Then, toss with the parmesan cheese and black pepper and serve.

Recipe notes

Instead of Parmesan, you can use Romano or Grana Padano. Romano in fact gives it a gutsier, sharper taste than Parmesan.

Instead of anchovy paste, you can use 6 (drained) fillets from a can or 1 1/2 tbsp capers (rinsed.)

Instead of the egg yolk, you can use 2 tablespoons of something like Egg Beaters (or pasteurized egg white) from a carton.

This is one of those times when, if you are able to produce freshly ground black pepper, you certainly will want to.

Feel free to omit the salt entirely, depending upon the tastebuds of your guests. We usually omit or use a salt substitute.

You can prepare the dressing in advance, even a day ahead, and store it in the fridge.

You can make this in a bowl with a whisk. If you do, mince the garlic first.

Nutrition Notes

3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus® total per 175 ml (3/4 cup); that's 1 point per serving when divided by 4. The assembled salad (romaine, parmesan, dressing) is 8 points total (2 points per person when divided by 4). If you add the croutons, the additional point value will vary depending on what you use. Using egg white instead of yolk drops the recipe total to 8 points but leaves it unchanged per person at 2 points. Adding olive oil increases the points per 1/4 serving by 1 point for every 2 tablespoons of oil added.

Caesar Salads usually clock in at anywhere from 12 to 30 (sic) Weight Watchers PointsPlus® per serving.

Weight Watchers® Info
Per 3/4 cup / 175 ml
Amount
PointsPlus™
3

* PointsPlus™ calculated by CooksInfo.com. Not endorsed by Weight Watchers® International, Inc, which is the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.

The story behind this recipe...

  • Caesar Salad
    Caesar Salad was invented in 1924 in Tijuana, Mexico, by a man named Caesar Cardini who ran the restaurant and night club called Caesar's Place. At the time, Tijuana was a hotbed for nightclubs and eating out, being just across the Mexican border -- a border which during the 1920s meant that on one side you could get alcohol, on the other (the American side) you couldn't.
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