Healthier Caesar Salad – use roasted chickpeas for added flavor and crunch instead of croutons; the homemade dressing is out of this world, too!
The first post of February and I’m trying to make those healthy resolutions stick. One of my favorite salads is a crunchy, creamy caesar salad with loads of parmesan cheese and flavorful croutons. Since this year I’m trying to focus on finding balance in all aspects of life, I decided I should look to making this salad a little healthier too.
As of February 1st, I’ve officially started the Whole30! While this is not Whole30 friendly – although swap out a few ingredients and you probably could make it W30 approved – it’s still a healthier version of one of my favorites.
That being said – so many yummy Whole30 approved recipes coming your way this month.
Back to this salad!
We still have the creamy, tangy dressing that makes Caesar Salad Caesar Salad. Now it’s homemade and you can tweak it just to your liking – if you love it a little more tangy, make it that way! A little creamier? Make it that way!
Speaking of healthier and homemade…
I often make this with homemade mayo. Before you turn away, you don’t have to, but if you ever do decide to, it’s SO EASY! And actually really worth it — anyone interested in the recipe?
If you don’t want to make homemade mayo, Just Mayo (GF, soy free, egg free!) is one of my new favorites. Avocado Oil Mayo is also super good. They’re both awesome healthy replacements for old-fashioned mayonnaise.
Then there’s the crisp Romaine Lettuce that is the trademark of Caesar Salad – topped with parmesan cheese slivers and croutons – or in this case, roasted chickpeas!
So these chickpeas: they’re roasted with spices that give them the same crouton flavor, and roasted until they’re crispy, making them the perfect healthy, and gluten-free, “crouton”! Do you remember when I used them a long time ago in this salad?
Go ahead and enjoy a little extra salad – because this one is tasty enough for seconds!Print
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