This recipe for Caesar salad is perfection!
With a classic garlic parmesan dressing mixed with crisp romaine lettuce, this recipe switches out the croutons for low carb bacon!
Using only 3 ingredients along with a creamy homemade dressing, this caesar salad recipe one to save and use often!
Is Caesar Salad Healthy?
- This low carb version of Caesar salad is just as healthy as the original, with potassium-rich romaine lettuce and protein-packed parmesan cheese.
- Making homemade Caesar dressing, instead of bottled means you avoid a lot of processed chemicals and unnecessary sugars.
- Easy to make and bursting with flavor, this salad makes a great school or workday lunch.
What’s In A Caesar Salad?
Lettuce – Romaine is the go-to here as it’s got a wonderful color, texture, and flavor that pairs perfectly with the tangy dressing. Add some finely chopped kale or spinach, if you like.
Bacon – Cook up some bacon crumbles and save the leftover bacon grease for other recipes! Turkey bacon can be used if pork isn’t preferred. And other crunchy crouton substitutes can be toasted slivered almonds, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds.
Dressing – Egg yolks are traditionally used to emulsify caesar dressing, but in this case sour cream and mayonnaise are used instead. This also makes this recipe super quick and easy! Lemon juice, garlic, and grated parmesan cheese add delicious flavor to this dressing. Anchovy paste is really worth the spend here. It adds a depth of flavor and can be stored in the fridge for up to two months! If anchovies are not an option, use capers instead.
Extras – If you really want that crunch that comes from crisp croutons, use crumbled keto crackers instead. Or make low carb croutons by cutting cloud bread into cubes and baking them in a slow oven (about 250°F) until dried out.
How to Make Caesar Salad
- Whisk all of the dressing ingredients together.
- Place lettuce, bacon pieces, and parmesan cheese in a large bowl and toss with dressing.
- For the best results, dress Caesar salad sparingly until you decide how much you want to use. Save extra dressing in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and use it for fresh salads, wraps or to drizzle over grilled veggies.
- Store romaine lettuce by first rinsing and shaking or spin-drying it. Then wrap it in a paper towel and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- To make in advance, keep the toppings and dressing separately and combine before serving!
Serving and Storing Caesar Salad
Low carb Caesar salad goes with any protein. It can also be topped with a grilled chicken breast, baked chicken breast or a salmon fillet for a hearty and filling salad entrée. It also pairs well with a tender and juicy pork tenderloin or as a side along with lasagna zucchini boats.
Refrigerate dressing immediately and keep for just 2-3 days. If stored longer, there is a risk that the raw garlic in the dressing may produce botulism, a serious toxin, and this is not a risk worth taking.
Low Carb Caesar Salad Recipe
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- 4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
- ⅓ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- ⅔ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon anchovy paste or 2 anchovy fillets, minced
- ⅛ teaspoon fresh black pepper
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon mustard powder
- Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
- Place salad ingredients in a large bowl. Top with desired amount of dressing and mix well.
- Serve immediately.
- Refrigerate this caesar salad dressing immediately and keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days only. If stored longer, there is a risk that the garlic, which has extremely low acidity, may produce botulism, a serious toxin, and this is not a risk worth taking.
- Make your own almond flour “croutons” by tossing almond flour with olive oil, salt, and your choice of herbs or spices, then toasting it in the oven until golden brown.
- Choose high-quality Parmesan cheese, preferably freshly grated, as it will have a better taste and texture. Avoid pre-grated Parmesan cheese, as it often contains additives and fillers that can add carbs.
- To make your low-carb Caesar salad more filling and nutritious, consider adding a protein source. Grilled chicken breast, cooked shrimp, or even hard-boiled eggs can be great options. They will not only boost the protein content but also add more flavor and texture to your salad.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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