The Salad the Guys Will Eat (Caesar Salad Dressing)

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It’s just a Caesar salad. But the dressing makes all the difference. It takes about 3 minutes to shake together. If it makes my brothers and dad will eat a mixing bowl of salad, it’s worth the extra effort to me. I think it’ll be the same for you.

My childhood was built on fish sticks and macaroni and cheese. While my family had a basic, American understanding of health: veggies = good, sugar = bad?? We applied it about as consistently as the rest of the country.

Honestly, as a young child, I have no good memories of healthy food. There was hot pink yogurt and cheese powder from a box. Crunchy sweet cereal from a ship’s captain, a bunny, and a leprechaun. Homemade chocolate chip cookies were at least a step up.

However, things can turn around quickly. By the time I turned 13, my mother brought home a flour grinder, and we started making homemade whole grain bread. Next came the natural sweeteners, then the chickens, organic produce, and eventually, I raised a small herd of dairy goats.

It Gets Better

The second half of my childhood is filled with memories around good food. I learned that salad from the backyard tastes like summer. Homemade bread is better than any scented candle, and homemade yogurt with sliced bananas is totally weird, but I love it anyway.

No matter where you are in your healthy eating journey, you’re in a good place. You’ve made progress, and there are still places to go.

This salad was from the second half of my childhood. We learned how to eat vegetables in stages, slowly growing our repertoire one farm fresh veggie at a time. Some were more popular than others. This was the most popular of all.

No one needed to acclimate to this salad. It was a winner from the beginning.

Honestly, it’s just a Caesar salad. But the dressing makes all the difference. It takes about 3 minutes to shake together. If it makes my brothers and dad eat a mixing bowl of salad, it’s worth the extra effort to me. Maybe it’ll be the same for you.

Caesar salad in a bowl
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Caesar salad in a bowl

Creamy Caesar Dressing

Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

It’s just a Caesar salad. But the dressing makes all the difference. It takes about 3 minutes to shake together. If it makes my brothers and dad will eat a mixing bowl of salad, it’s worth the extra effort to me. I think it’ll be the same for you.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, (or soy sauce)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Pour all ingredients into a quart-size jar. Screw the lid on tightly and shake the jar vigorously until dressing looks fairly uniform.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use.

To Make Caesar Salad:

  1. Toss a head of shredded lettuce, a handful of croutons, and 1/4-1/2 cup dressing (will depend on the size of your head of lettuce) into a large salad bowl. Use tongs or two wooden spoons to mix the salad until the lettuce is covered in dressing. 
  2. Alternatively, place lettuce, croutons, and dressing in a large container or bowl with a lid. Close the lid firmly and shake it enthusiastically with two hands until dressing is evenly distributed.
  3. Serve immediately. 

Make it a Meal:

  1. Add 1-2 cups of The Only Chicken You Need to Make, and you have Chicken Caesar Salad!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 2 tbs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 77Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 226mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

Please note: The actual calories and nutrition of this dish will change depending on what ingredients you use. Nutrition information is not always accurate.

And if you’re a freak like me, you’ll even like the mushy leftovers. I know it’s gross. I can’t help it.

It's just a Caesar salad. But the dressing makes all the difference. It takes about 3 minutes to shake together. If it makes my brothers and dad will eat a mixing bowl of salad, it's worth the extra effort to me. I think it'll be the same for you. Gluten-free and easy! From CheapskateCook.com


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