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Healthy 5-Minute Caesar Salad

The healthiest Caesar salad recipe out there - made allergy friendly, sugar free, and junk free! Loaded with croutons and delicious dressing - this salad is full of flavor, texture, crunch, and kick!
Course lunch, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword allergy free, easy, healthy, quick, salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 349kcal
Author Laila Sbeinati

Ingredients

Salad

  • 2 romaine hearts, roughly chopped
  • 4 green onions, fine-rough chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • croutons, recipe to follow
  • dressing, recipe to follow

Croutons

  • ~6/7 c stale bread, cubed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 tsp oregano, or fave dried herb
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder, optional
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste

Awesome Dressing! Yields = 3/4 c

  • 1/4 c water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 c fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh avocado
  • 2 garlic clove minced
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tbsp mustard
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp black pepper, or to taste *Please see notes*

Instructions

Dressing

  • In a high speed blender, add all of the ingredients, and blend on high until dressing is completely emulsified. ~ 30-45 seconds. Pour over salad if ready to serve or store in a mason jar (or the like) and keep in the fridge.

Croutons

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Place cubed bread pieces on a lined baking sheet, and drizzle the oil all over the bread, ensuring that all the pieces get oiled up! Sprinkle oregano (or thyme, whatever herb you love), all over bread and use your hands to help distribute the herb(s) and oil.
  • Place in the oven and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes, until croutons are a nice golden-brown color. Remove and allow to cool before using in the salad!

To assemble salad

  • Place chopped lettuce, onion, and avocado in a large serving bowl.
  • When ready to serve, add as much of the croutons as you desire, then add the dressing, and mix well so lettuce and croutons are coated nicely! Serve immediately + enjoy!

Notes

This caesar salad dressing is SO creamy and delicious! Add black pepper as desired. I personally don't add black pepper because I find I react to it! I cough a lot if I eat it fresh (not cooked in a dish)... so I avoid using it for that reason. But it'll give the dressing more kick which is good!
It's such a simple yet awesome salad - it's super easy to make and everyone will love how it tastes :)
Use croutons not just to make this Caesar salad, but add to soups and stews! Great as a snack too... unless I'm the only one who likes to snack on bread :D
 

Nutrition

Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 677mg | Potassium: 582mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5135IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg