You order a chicken Caesar salad at a restaurant thinking you’re making a lighter pick, when in reality, you’d have been better off with a burger. No joke! A typical Caesar salad with grilled chicken, croutons, Parmesan cheese, and creamy dressing will set you back nearly 1,000 calories.
If you’re craving Caesar, go ahead and order one, but request the dressing on the side (it’s by far the biggest offender) and then be stingy and only use about 2 tablespoons’ worth.
Another option: make your own salad at home using Joy Bauer’s simple recipe from her new cookbook, From Junk Food to Joy Food.
Joy’s Chicken Caesar Salad
Makes 1 serving
- 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
- 4 ounces grilled chicken, cut into strips
- 1 ounce shaved or grated Parmesan
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Makes 6 servings
- 1/3 cup mashed ripe avocado (about 1/2 an avocado)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt or coarse sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 6 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional)
1.Place all dressing ingredients in a food processor or powerful blender.
2. Mix until thoroughly combined and smooth
3. Top the lettuce with the chicken and 2-4 tablespoons of dressing, and toss to coat.
4. Sprinkle on the cheese and season with ground black pepper and enjoy!