All members of my family LOVES caesar salads. The whole family eat it everytime we go out. The reason must be because of the dressing (tase so good) , a lot of veggies and full of other tasty ingredients. Even though now we cannot have cheese, we still love the salad.
I used to think Caesar Salad is some version of fast food, contains a lot of fat, so I would only eat it on the rare occasion. Later, surprisingly a discovery, the dish become part of a healthy diet for me, let alone that I would like to raise its fat content even more by adding avocado.
For the Dressing, I often made I made a lot of it and store in the fridge for next dishes.
I do not like to put croutons on The Caesar salad. For me they are so crunchy, salty and chunk. I often make a paleo Caesar salad without them, using some homemade bacon pieces add a little bit of salty crunch, add alot more flavor than stale bread! The big challenge with the salad was making a dressing with enough flavor to replace the normal buttermilk or cream or the parmesan cheese. (although, if you follow primal diet, you could alternally top the salad with some grated parmesan, but it is not so much a requirement). I had a very tough time to please my family, because Caesar salad is our favorite, all the time. But finally, got some good solution. Delicious side dish, or combine with the grilled chicken,or shrimp make it a salad for dinner. Below is to serves 5 to 6 as a side salad, or if you use it for dinner, serve 2.
Paleo Caesar Salad (Serves 5 to 6)
1/3 cup paleo mayo
2 1/2 Tbsp Lemon Juice (or store bought lemon juice of your choice)
1 small crushed garlic clove
1 tsp Natural Anchovy Paste
1/6 tsp Pepper
1 Small Romain Lettuce Head (or a large Romain Heart)
4-5 slices of uncured or natural, nitrite free bacon.
1. Fry The Bacon until drip (you can also bake it). Use paper towel to drain it. Then break the bacon into smaller pieces
2. Mix the Paleo mayor with lemon juice, garlic, anchovy paste and pepper.
3. Chop romain lettuce into large pieces. Wash and dry it.
4. Toss lettuce with the dressing until it is fully coated. Top the dish with crushed bacon and pepper. Finish!
Photo: The Paleo Mum