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Creamy Garlic Caesar Salad with Fresh Croutons

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  • 20 min prep time
  • 20 min total time
  • 12 ingredients
  • 12 servings
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Here´s a way to get the creamy dressing characteristic of Caesar Salad without using uncooked egg. The flavor is even better if you can make it at least four hours ahead of time.

Ingredients

Croutons

5
cups French bread cubes (1/2 inch)
Olive oil nonstick cooking spray
1
teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

Dressing

3/4
to 1 cup buttermilk*
1/2
cup fat-free mayonnaise
1/4
teaspoon salt
2
garlic cloves, peeled
2
tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salad

1
large head romaine lettuce, torn (about 15 cups)
1/2
medium red onion, thinly sliced, separated into rings
1/2
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/8
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 300°F. Place bread cubes in single layer on ungreased cookie sheet. Generously spray cubes with nonstick cooking spray; sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Bake at 300°F. for 15 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in blender container, combine 3/4 cup buttermilk, mayonnaise, salt and garlic; blend until smooth. Through center of blender lid, slowly add oil, blending just until combined. If necessary, add up to 1/4 cup additional buttermilk for desired dressing consistency. Refrigerate until serving time.
  • 3 Just before serving, place lettuce and onion in large salad bowl. Add dressing to salad; toss gently to coat. Add croutons and cheese; sprinkle with pepper. Toss gently.
  • 1 Heat oven to 300°F. Place bread cubes in single layer on ungreased cookie sheet. Generously spray cubes with nonstick cooking spray; sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Bake at 300°F. for 15 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in blender container, combine 3/4 cup buttermilk, mayonnaise, salt and garlic; blend until smooth. Through center of blender lid, slowly add oil, blending just until combined. If necessary, add up to 1/4 cup additional buttermilk for desired dressing consistency. Refrigerate until serving time.
  • 3 Just before serving, place lettuce and onion in large salad bowl. Add dressing to salad; toss gently to coat. Add croutons and cheese; sprinkle with pepper. Toss gently.

Expert Tips

*To substitute for buttermilk, use 2 1/4 to 3 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice plus skim milk to make 3/4 to 1 cup.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 1/3 Cups
Calories
110
Calories from Fat
45
% Daily Value
Total Fat
5g
8%
Saturated Fat
1g
5%
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Sodium
320mg
13%
Total Carbohydrate
12g
4%
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
Sugars
4g
4%
Protein
5g
5%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
35%
35%
Vitamin C
30%
30%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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