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Skinny Caesar Salad Dressing

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.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salads, Skinny Food


  • 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.


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.
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