Unlike most people, I’m actually not a fan of regular Caesar salad. Romaine and iceberg lettuce are not my favorite salad greens; classic Caesar dressing usually has anchovies (fish) as well as a lot of oil and egg yolks i.e. basically mayonnaise. To me, that negates the point of a salad! One evening I found myself with a large bag of kale in my fridge and not in the mood for my usual lemon and olive oil dressing. I whipped up this simple and healthy greek yogurt Caesar salad dressing for a change. It tastes like a light version of Caesar dressing, without being overpoweringly healthy.
I enjoy this healthy greek yogurt Caesar salad dressing with kale but you can also use the classic romaine lettuce or any other kind of greens you like. If you’re using kale, make sure you de-stem the leaves well (you don’t want any of those thick, fibrous middle stems). I always take a few minutes to “massage” the kale with your hands after adding a few tablespoons of lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil – this makes the leaves soft and easy to chew. If you always wonder why kale tastes better in restaurants than at home – it’s probably this quick step! Take the time to bake (or buy) a batch of croutons and sprinkle some parmesan on your salad to remind you that you’re eating a Caesar salad and not just any other kale salad. It’s the little additions and garnishes that make a meal.
If you try this lightened up Caesar dressing recipe, do let me know what you think. Leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram @theindiaedition!
- 4 bowls kale
- 2 tbsp lemon juice (for massaging the kale)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (for massaging the kale)
- 4 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 cup croutons
- 180g or ¾ cup greek yogurt (or regular yogurt hung in a cheese-cloth or very fine-mesh strainer for 6-8 hours+)
- ½ clove of garlic, crushed or grated finely
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp capers – chopped (if you don’t have capers you can replace with 1 tsp white wine vinegar or plain vinegar)
- 1 tsp mustard
- A sprinkle of black pepper
- ½ tsp salt
- Whisk all the ingredients for the dressing together.
- De-stem and massage the kale with lemon juice and olive oil.
- Combine the massaged kale and greek yogurt caesar dressing.
- Top with croutons and 1 tbsp parmesan cheese per serving.