If you've followed me since the beginning of My Engineered Nutrition, then you know I have my fair share of family recipes. When you grow up following your mom and grandmother around the kitchen before you can even reach the counter, it's pretty inevitable that certain recipes will become so familiar you can almost taste them at their very mention.
If I had to trademark my mom with two recipes it would be her French bread and her Caesar salad.
Without a doubt, every dinner party, big gathering or special occasion my mom would bake her famous French bread (and then proceed to burn it while toasting 9 times out of 10 hehehe) and make her Caesar salad, always in the same large wooden salad bowl.
Ahem...Mom, if you're reading this - I would like to claim said wooden bowl in your will :)
This salad is so simple (but oh-so delicious) and can quite possibly accompany any meal - it's THAT good. This is a much lighter Caesar salad than what you are used to, which is why I love it. It has such a bright flavor thanks to all the lemon juice, making it especially great for a summer salad! Pssst, remembered those Parmesan Garlic Croutons I post a couple months back? Those are GREAT which this salad!
Mom's Caesar Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Caesar Dressing (makes about 1/2 cup dressing)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 3 lemons, juiced
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
For the salad:
- 6-8 cups romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
- Parmesan Garlic Croutons
- Parmesan cheese, grated
- In your large mixing bowl combine garlic and salt. With the back of a spoon, mash the garlic with the salt to make a paste. Add Dijon and lemon juice and whisk together. Slowly drizzle olive oil into bowl while whisking. (Alternatively, you can make this dressing in a small separate bowl or jar, prior to tossing with lettuce.)
- Add romaine lettuce to mixing bowl and toss to cover in dressing. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and divide salad between 4 plates. Finish with toasted Gluten Free Parmesan Garlic Croutons.
Nutritional Information (1 serving, does not include croutons or parmesan):
80 calories - 1 g Protein, 4 g Carbohydrates, 7 g Fat