Is there anything more truly satisfying than a good ole Caesar salad? It’s topped sometimes with hard-boiled eggs, other times with seasoned chicken or shrimp, and, on the best occasions, with Parmesan shavings. The lettuce and croutons always just sop up the delicious dressing… It’s so good. Most of the time, you likely order this favorite salad when you’re at a restaurant, but contrary to popular belief, making your own, at-home version doesn’t have to be a hassle. And guess what? It also doesn’t have to be totally unhealthy.
Scroll through to see our favorite healthy(ish) Caesar salad recipes: From a Greek gyro version to a pasta salad, you won’t be disappointed (or loaded down with extra calories).
KALE CAESAR PASTA SALAD
The Hero Ingredient: The reason we like this Caesar salad recipe so much is that it’s actually a pasta salad. Remember how we said the lettuce always soaks up the Caesar dressing in the perfect way? Well, it also gets absorbed into all the nooks and crannies of the farfalle.
The Recipe: Roasted cherry tomatoes, kale, and farfalle pasta are coated with your favorite bottled Caesar dressing (opt for a low-cal version if you'd like). Finish with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
The Clincher: This is the perfect quick summer dinner—you can whip it up in 25 minutes or less (and bring leftovers for lunch the next day).
GREEK CHICKEN GYRO CAESAR SALAD
The Hero Ingredient: A few feta french fries with roasted garlic make the ultimate topping in this easy Caesar salad recipe. When you let them get crunchy in the oven, they're sort of like croutons (minus the bread).
The Recipe: An undone chicken gyro on a bed of mixed greens with hard-boiled eggs, green olives, pine nuts, and crumbled feta is fixed with the ultimate homemade Caesar dressing.
The Clincher: The Greek yogurt in the Caesar dressing means you can pile on a bit extra sans guilt.
KALE and BRUSSELS SPROUTS CAESAR SLAW
The Hero Ingredient: Soaked sunflower seeds are the base of this totally healthy homemade Caesar dressing recipe.
The Recipe: A slaw of kale, green cabbage, and Brussels sprouts is topped with smoky chickpeas (use a cabbage shredder on the greens for the right consistency). Then, dress them with a Caesar mixture made from the sunflower seeds, lemon juice, and a few other ingredients. Finish with a sprinkle of “pine nut parm” made from nuts, sesame seeds, lemon zest, and nutritional yeast (for a cheesy flavor).
The Clincher: Whip up some extra sauce, and serve it dip-style with raw veggies as a snack later in the week.
Be sure to read about barbecue recipes to master for summer, and tell us which ingredients you like to put in your Caesar salad in the comments.