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Make a restaurant-style Caesar Salad at home! This Healthy Caesar Salad recipe is made with crisp romaine, homemade croutons, a homemade creamy caesar dressing and optional lemon garlic shrimp.
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Healthy Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons & Healthy Caesar Dressing

Make a restaurant-style Caesar Salad at home! This Healthy Caesar Salad recipe is made with crisp romaine, homemade croutons, a homemade creamy caesar dressing and optional lemon garlic shrimp.
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword caesar salad, healthy caesar dressing, healthy caesar salad, homemade croutons, salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 meal-sized servings, 4 side servings

Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 1 large head romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • lemon wedges for serving

For the Homemade Croutons:

  • 3 cups sprouted whole grain bread cubes
  • 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt and pepper each

For the Healthy Caesar Dressing:

  • 1 cup full-fat plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 anchovy filets (or 2 tsp anchovy paste) diced
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper each
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

For the Lemon Garlic Shrimp (optional):

  • 1 lb frozen shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

For the Homemade Croutons:

  • Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium mixing bowl, sprinkle whole grain bread cubes with Italian seasoning and garlic powder. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, minced garlic, and salt and pepper. Pour the oil mixture over the seasoned bread and toss to coat. Spread onto a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway.

For the Healthy Caesar Dressing:

  • Add all dressing ingredients except for parmesan cheese to a blender/food processor or mixing bowl and blend on high speed or whisk until smooth and creamy. Fold in 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Adjust salt and pepper and seasonings as necessary to taste.

For the Lemon Garlic Shrimp (optional):

  • Defrost the shrimp according to package directions. Warm olive oil to a large pan over medium heat, then add the garlic and sauté 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
  • Add shrimp to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the pan-side turns pink. Flip the shrimp and cook for another 3-4 minutes until pink. Stir in lemon juice.

For the Salad:

  • Chop romaine lettuce and add to a large salad bowl. Top with homemade croutons and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.
  • Add your desired amount of dressing (you will likely have some leftover) and toss well to combine and coat the lettuce/croutons.
  • Top with lemon garlic shrimp or another protein (optional) and lemon wedges for serving. Enjoy!