Caesar The Great? Or your greatest downfall?

26 Dec

caesar_saladBy now, I think we can all agree that Caesar salad dressing is although delicious, yet famously fattening! Just to put things in perspective, each serving (2 tablespoons) of store bought, prepackaged dressing contains about 150 calories, 18 grams of fat and 360 milligrams of sodium. And let’s be honest, who can eat a decent-sized salad with only just 2 tablespoons of dressing? A generous pour could easily double the portions.

Another reason why you should stay away from prepackaged dressing is because of the preservatives. Flip to the back of the bottle and read them, does it still look like English? My rule of thumb is, if you don’t know/understand the ingredient, it’s probably not something you want to put in your body. Remember, you body is a sanctuary, not a trash can. Watch for these ingredients when shopping:

  • Calcium Disodium (EDTA): A preservative that presents air from spoiling food, known to cause skin reactions and upsets the GI (gastrointestinal) system. Also currently under FDA investigation for harmful reproductive effects. 
  • Caramel color: Food coloring known to be an immune suppressant and a carcinogen.

Enough scary talk, try to quick and easy U1st version of homemade creamy Caesar dressing, inspired by Alton Brown. You will cut about 80 calories yet keeping the tasty flavor.

What you need (Makes 1 cup):
1. 1 1/2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
2. 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
3. 1 1/2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar
4. 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
5. 2 cloves of garlic
6. A pinch of kosher salt
7. A pinch of black pepper
8. 2 ounces of grated parmasan cheese
9. 1 cup of silken tofu (Yes, tofu! but trust me, you’ll love it)
10. 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil

In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients besides the olive oil, pulsing in low speed until desired consistency. Slowly add and mix in the olive oil. Enjoy!

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