Caesar Salad

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The main ingredients of the Caesar salad are: romaine lettuce, garlic vinaigrette, egg, anchovies, croutons, and Parmesan cheese. In this vegetarian version there are obviously no anchovies.

The salad's creation is attributed to an Italian restaurateur in Mexico - Cesare Cardini of Tijuana one holiday weekend in 1924. He supposedly ran short of supplies and concocted this salad from leftovers.

Preparation : 15 min Cooking : 15 min
190 calories/serving
  • Easy
  • Gluten Free
  • Nuts & Peanuts Free
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Kid-friendly
  • Diabetes-friendly

Ingredients

1/3 cup olive oil 85 mL
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 egg yolks
2 tsp Dijon mustard 10 mL
2 tbsp wine vinegar 30 mL
4 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated 12 g
1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce 1.25 mL
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.1 g
ground pepper to taste [optional]
1 Romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces 550 g

Method

Make the dressing:

  1. In a small saucepan, heat one tablespoon of olive oil over moderately low heat. Add the crushed garlic and cook 1 min until a bit softened. Set aside.
  2. Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Set aside the whites in a jar in the refrigerator or freezer for future use in another recipe.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the yolks, mustard, vinegar, grated Parmesan cheese, and Tabasco sauce. Add the remaining olive oil in a stream, whisking, until the dressing is emulsified. Add the garlic-oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Dress the salad:

  1. Wash the romaine lettuce, spin-dry. Reserve the outer leaves for another use. Tear the pale-green inner leaves into bite-size pieces, then put them in a salad bowl. Pour the dressing over the salad, then toss until well combined. Serve.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 serving (170g)

Amount

% Daily Value

Calories

190

Fat

18 g

27 %

Saturated 3.2 g
+ Trans 0 g

16 %

Cholesterol

110 mg

Sodium

100 mg

4 %

Carbohydrate

5 g

2 %

Fibre

3 g

11 %

Sugars

2 g

Protein

4 g

Vitamin A

104 %

Vitamin C

53 %

Calcium

9 %

Iron

13 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : 2 ¼ servings
Grain Products : 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives : 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives : ¼ serving

Claims

This recipe is :
Low  :
Sodium
Source of  :
Calcium, Fibre, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, Zinc
Good source of  :
Vitamin B12
Excellent source of  :
Folacin, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K
Free  :
Added Sugar

DIABETES Exchange

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Vegetables ½
Meat and Alternatives ½
Fats 3

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This recipe is in the following categories

Vegetables | First courses/Appetizers | Salads | Vegetarian | Kosher | Halal | Low Sodium | Diabetes-friendly | Mexican