Sunday, April 18, 2010

Yes, I know it's a salad, but it's a great salad!

Caesar salad, one of my favorite things to eat.  As much as I love to eat them, they are usually not that healthy.  I like creamy Caesar salads, and that means mayo, and too much mayo is a no- no, unless you want to be round like a Ho-Ho.  No wait, Ho Ho's aren't round, Ding Dong's are round., and have creamy centers.  Mmmmm creamy centers ....creamy centers make me happy.

Back to salads.  How are we supposed to think about salads when we were just talking about creamy caked filled goodness?  Because if you eat more salads you can treat yourself to more cakes.  Ahhh, see there ya go.  Now, I ♥ Caesar salads.  My husband used to ♥ them too, until one day when we decided to go to a fancy schmancy restaurant where they let him know exactly what was in that yummy dressing.  See my hubby isn't a foodie.  He's perfectly happy left in the dark as to what ingredients go in the dishes I make, unless we are talking mushrooms, I swear he can smell a mushroom a mile away.

So there we are sitting in this very nice restaurant, both ordering our Caesar salad to start, and out comes our salads, with two little anchovy filets looking my husband right in the eye.  Those beady eyed  little buggers ruined him for good on my favorite salad.  He looked at me and asked why they were on top of his salad, so the secret was out.  Yes there is anchovy in the dressing.  From then on he refused to eat it.  If there is one person who hates fish more than myself it's him, oh and all of my GP's for that matter.

But tonight he decided to be brave and let me fix him one.  So I whipped out one of my favorite recipes for a Caesar, Cooking Light's Creamy Caesar Salad with Spicy Croutons.  I added a grilled chicken breast to make it a complete meal.  Just take your favorite cajun spice rub and sprinkle it on the chicken, drizzle with a little olive oil and throw it on a grill, grill pan, Foreman, or saute it, doesn't matter it's all good.

This dressing is made with a fat free mayo, which I despise usually, but in this dressing I can deal with it.  It makes the dressing a little zippy.  Not a fan, use light or go full fat it's your waist line so do whatcha like.  If you aren't a fan of anchovy, skip it, throw in a half a clove of garlic instead.  Won't exactly be a Caesar, but why should you miss all the fun?

This salad is yummy.   Make it and let me know what you think.

 Creamy Caesar Salad with Spicy Croutons

1  garlic clove, halved
1/2  cup  nonfat mayonnaise
2  tablespoons  red wine vinegar
2  teaspoons  Dijon mustard
2  teaspoons  white wine Worcestershire sauce
1  teaspoon  anchovy paste
1/4  teaspoon  pepper
2  teaspoons  olive oil
3/4  teaspoon  Cajun seasoning
1  garlic clove, minced
2  cups  (3/4-inch) sourdough bread cubes
18  cups  torn romaine lettuce
1/3  cup  (1 1/3 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Drop the garlic halves through the opening in blender lid with blender on; process until minced (I grated my garlic into the dressing, you can also press it if you have a garlic press, or use a food processor for this.) Add mayonnaise and the next 5 ingredients (mayonnaise through pepper); process until well-blended. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.

Combine oil, Cajun seasoning, and minced garlic in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at high for 20 seconds. Add bread cubes; toss gently to coat. Spread bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet; bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until golden brown. (Mine were done in 10 minutes so watch these babies.)

Place lettuce in a large bowl. Add dressing; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with cheese, and top with croutons.

Yield: 6 servings
Adapted from Cooking Light
Calories: 137 (27% from fat)  Fat: 4.1g (sat 1.3g,mono 1.6g,poly 0.4g)  Protein: 7.7g
Carbohydrate: 18.2g  Fiber: 4.1g  Cholesterol: 4mg  Iron: 3mg  Sodium: 836mg
Calcium: 176mg

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  1. I'm pretty round so I guess I'm a HoHoDingDong LOL!!! Your husband sounds a bit like mine. He has no sense of adventure and won't eat most veggies, well, except for the ones I sneak in on him he never knows about. I told him it's all mental.

    I love Caesar Salad so it sounds perfect to me!

    Thanks for stopping by my Mimi's chicken post today! I LOVE that chicken too and it's been in my life a few years!! Isn't it great?

    Have a great week!

  2. Mimi's is close to my heart. Her message board was the first one ever I joined. Back before I knew much about anything. Her recipe for sticky chicken was so easy and so tasty, it gave me confidence that I could tackle anything. True story.

    My family is a mixture of very picky eaters, a husband whose only veggie repertoire is romaine lettuce, peppers, onions, celery, carrots, and corn, and my littlest one who will try anything once. My husband is great about trying new things. Except fish and mushrooms. Although I have gotten him to eat crab. Now if he would only try lobster......

    I'll be stopping by your blog often. I like your writing style and I have earmarked a few of your recipes to try!

    Thanks for stopping by, makes me feel like I'm not talking to myself like a crazy person. Ha!

  3. Your salad sounds wonderful. I found your blog by chance but I'll be back often to see what you've been cookin' up. I really like the food you feature here. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  4. I was just looking up recipes last night. I can't wait to read all your future posts!

    I'm a new follower. Following from MBC. Please follow me too :)

  5. I can't get my husband anywhere near anything healthy either. Vegetables? Forget about it. Mushrooms? Not even joking. A salad? Unless hell freezes over.

    I on the other hand enjoy me some good salads! Anything with chicken and salad-I'm there.

    Good Post, Tizzy. :)


  6. Tizzy, This sounds delicious! Do you usually buy the anchovy paste in a tube?? I've never bought the paste, but I can't imagine too many other uses for it, so I'm sure the paste keeps longer than the fish.

    I have a salad recipe you should try if you like tasty dressing. Thanks for coming by my blog. I think we have that food obsession in common! ~Aimee