Healthy Caesar Dressing

I’ve been making this bright and healthy Caesar dressing for years. It’s lightened with Greek yogurt and contains loads of lemony, garlicky flavor.

Healthy Caesar DressingCan you think of anyone who doesn’t like Caesar salad? I feel like it’s the gateway salad that we either all eat until we graduate to more complex salads. Or we never really learn to like salad (tragic), but can still get down on a Caesar anytime.

Healthy Caesar DressingI myself can enjoy just about any kind of salad- if I’m in the mood for one. It usually has to be super captivating though, with a million different ingredients and all kinds of varying textures to keep me interested. There is nothing worse than a boring salad.

A wise man named Homer Simpson once said, “you don’t win friends with salad” (in a conga line chant, for maximum effect).

Does anyone else remember that episode? It’s the one where Lisa becomes a vegetarian and John and I always quote that line. But anyway, for some reason a simple Caesar with nothing more than romaine, Parmesan and croutons is always satisfying and never boring.

Healthy Caesar DressingOk, truth be told I almost always add avocado and tomato to mine too, because I can’t not jazz it up, but the secret to Caesar salad’s classic appeal is the complex, umami flavor of the dressing. Without it, Caesar’s are hella boring.

I like to lighten things up wherever I can, so I’ve been making this healthy Caesar dressing for years with a base of Greek yogurt. It allows me to cut back on the amount of olive oil used and omit the egg yolks completely, while thickening up the dressing at the same time.

Healthy Caesar DressingI also like play up the tanginess of the yogurt with lots of lemon juice and zest. I also like LOTS and LOTS of garlic- 2 big cloves, which is almost an obscene amount, but gives it a nice, spicy kick. Combine those flavors with the more traditional ingredients like Worchestershire, Dijon and anchovy paste and you’ve got yourself one tart, zippy and (most importantly) healthy Caesar dressing. Even Homer would approve. He’d probably guzzle it by the gallon, but I would take that as a rave review.

Healthy Caesar Dressing


Healthy Caesar Dressing

I’ve been making this bright and healthy Caesar dressing for years. It’s lightened with Greek yogurt and contains loads of lemony, garlicky flavor.

Servings 1 cup
Author Denisse

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk vigorously until combined (or blend in a food processor).
  2. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

 

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