Healthy Caesar Salad Recipe

A Caesar salad recipe goes wrong with too much oil. Too much garlic can have the same effect. Too much cheese can leave you with a meal that is extremely high in calories and fat content.

When you add up all of the potential high caloric ingredients in a Caesar salad, it's easy to see why making a healthy Caesar salad is not only delicious, but smart.

Making a Caesar Salad Healthy
Adding shrimp to a Caesar salad will add protein to the meal. Because shrimp is low in fat content, Caesar shrimp salads are ideal if you are trying to watch your weight and attempting to stay fit. Olive oil has about 120 calories per tablespoon and croutons can increase the calories of your salad. Cheese is perhaps the worse culprit when it comes to adding fat to an otherwise healthy salad.

With fresh and nutritious salad greens in the bowl and a handful of protein-filled shrimp onboard, you're off to a great start. Make sure you add all remaining and/or additional ingredients in moderation only. By doing so, you will be able to keep your salad in the healthy range and still enjoy a delicious meal.

Basic Caesar Salad Recipe

Ingredients You Will Need:
½ clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup croutons, toasted
6 cups salad greens
1 tablespoon butter, melted
½ cup parmesan cheese
½ cup blue cheese or feta cheese
1 coddled egg (optional)
2 lemons, juice only (optional)

This recipe will provide about six side salads.

Pour the oil and garlic into a cup and set aside. Meanwhile, tear the salad greens into bite-size pieces and place them into a large bowl. Melt the butter and add it to the cup of oil and stir to blend. Use a pastry brush to spread the butter and oil mixture sparingly over the croutons. Pour the remaining oil over the lettuce. Sprinkle the cheeses over the salad and then add the croutons.

If you plan on making your Caesar salad with egg and lemon, simply crack the coddled egg over the salad greens, pour the lemon juice over the egg and stir to mix well.

How to Make Coddled Eggs
Put a cold, raw egg into a warm pan of water, and set it aside while you bring two inches of water-just enough to cover the egg-to a boil. With a large spoon, transfer the egg from the warm water to the boiling water. Immediately remove the pan from the heat and set it aside for 30 to 45 seconds. Immediately plunge the egg into a pan of cold water.

The egg is now ready to be added to your Caesar salad.

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