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Caesar Salad Pitas with Lightened Up Caesar Dressing

Lightened Up Caesar Salad Pitas

I thought it might be nice to reassure you that I actually don’t just eat cakes and cookies all day.

As much as I would LOVE to exist solely on sugary goodness and coffee (and breakfast. and pizza. and Mexican food. okay, maybe I just like food. but my teeth are super sweet), I actually eat lots and lots and lots of vegetables.  Which I don’t post very much because I basically just roast lots of things and then eat them and that’s kind of… boring.

Sorry to disappoint.

But vegetables are good for me! And you. Also– salad.

I told you all awhile ago that I was carefully tabulating my calories with My Fitness Pal (I promise they don’t pay me to tout their product. I just like it. They could pay me though… ahemmm). If you’ve ever counted calories you know that entering things like “Mixed Greens” is totally satisfying because you can eat a giant bowl of them and they are, for real, like 15 calories. So all you really have to stress about are things like croutons. And dressing.

Other things to feel good about: this dressing.

Caesar dressing traditionally is made with anchovies. Scoff at that all you want but it’s true. And you thought you didn’t like weird smelly canned fish. Heh.

Anyway, anchovies make Caesar dressing taste good but they have like 30 bajillion milligrams of sodium and some pretty unnecessary cholesterol and they make My Fitness Pal tell me I can’t have chicken with dinner because I’ve had too much protein.

Also, I think if I told you to go out and buy anchovy fillets you would never ever do it. Am I right?

Caesar Salad Pitas with Light Caesar Dressing

Fun Fact: My dad had a thing for canned sardines and my mom would make him go stand in the garage and eat them because they smell disgusting.

Usually I like to end the week with something sweet, but I am currently kind of trying to detox from all the birthday cake. And it’s important to eat your veggies, even if you have to dress them up with toasty bread and cheese.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Caesar Salad Pitas with Lightened Up Caesar Dressing
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon, juiced)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, very finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon spicy mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large head of Romaine lettuce, washed and cut into 2" pieces
  • 4 whole wheat pita pockets
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup whole wheat croutons
Instructions
  1. Hard boil the egg. (see note**) Remove the yolk.
  2. Add the cooked yolk, red wine vinegar, fresh lemon juice, garlic, spicy mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper to a blender or food processor. Blend until all the ingredients are well combined.
  3. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, pulsing as you go.
  4. Toss the dressing with the Romaine lettuce (you should have some dressing left over. This recipe makes plenty).
  5. Slice each pita pocket in half and stuff each half with ⅛ of the salad. Sprinkle each with the Parmesan cheese and dot with whole wheat croutons
Notes
**To get my eggs to turn out (and peel easily) EVERY TIME, I place the egg in a small saucepan and cover it with cold water. I place the pan on the burner and bring it to a rolling boil. I let the egg boil for 9 minutes, remove it from the heat, and place the pan in the sink (do NOT drain the hot water). Run cold water into the pan, letting the excess spill out and drain. Keep running the cold water over the egg in the pan until all the water in the pan is cold. Crack the egg and peel it under the running water. Slice it down the middle, stopping halfway so the yolk stays in tact. Feed the hard boiled egg whites to your kids (why do my kids like hard boiled eggs so much?!). Or the dog.

I’ve been using this recipe for awhile now and it never disappoints. I found it HERE at Creative Noshing. She doesn’t blog much anymore but every dressing recipe she has ever posted is ON POINT. I’m not sure where it’s adapted from because there is no reference cited, and every other Caesar dressing I’ve ever made has happened in a restaurant kitchen with a big industrial laminated cook book and anchovies.

This dressing is roughly 103 calories per serving. That’s what I’m talking about.

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Julieane

Tuesday 9th of December 2014

Great! I really enjoyed this Caesar Salad Pitas with lightened caesar dressing. I'm not good in cooking but it was great that I gave this a try. The instructions are easy and I'm glad that I made it. Thanks for sharing it.

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 9th of December 2014

I'm so glad you enjoyed it Julieane! Thanks so much for letting me know!

Ameena

Sunday 3rd of March 2013

Really? You don't survive solely on amazingly delicious, sugary concoctions? I am shocked.

I love caesar salad...never make it myself and rarely order it. Not sure why? But I do LOVE croutons. I could and do eat them like crackers.

Heather

Monday 4th of March 2013

I would like to exist solely on dessert. But then I'd never get pizza so... yeah. I love croutons, too. LOVE.

HelloMyNameIs

Friday 1st of March 2013

I'm picturing your Mom tell your Dad to eat in the garage!!! lol Men like the grossest stuff I swear!! My Dad would eat lamb's tongue on crackers in the basement...I still smell that nasty tongue vinegar smell gross!! I love salad...and yay for My Fitness Pal!

Heather

Monday 4th of March 2013

Ewwwwwww lamb's tongue?

thepinkrachael

Friday 1st of March 2013

Ok, where to begin - the part of me that is (was) trying to be healthy loves this (aside from the sheese obv!) BUT, I am going to make a stand. It's an anchovy stand. I know they are weird and smelly and tinned and gross, but I love them all the same. AND, as for tinned sardines - I love the story about your dad in the garage (I can totally picture this!) - tinned sardines are like one of my guilty pleasures! As a child, I remember clearly having tinned sardines on toast for lunch, when comfort and memory and the familiar take hold this is still an option. However, sardines found a regular place in my kitchen in the form of pasta. Spaghetti with tinned sardines, garlic, capers, black olives and chopped tomatoes plus wine and maybe a bit of garlic bread = ultimate comfort food!

Heather

Monday 4th of March 2013

I like anchovies IN MY DRESSING. But that is all. I actually cook with capers quite often. But I CAN'T HANDLE sardines. Sorry. My dad totally made toast to eat with his sardines. And then he stood in the garage and ate every bit :)

Meghan @ The Tasty Fork

Friday 1st of March 2013

This looks great!! I'm like you, I love a lot of food. Even Veggies! Did you know before the Spanish came & conquered Mexico, the Mexican diet was vegetarian??!! Most of the Mexican food we eat today is loaded with meat, but they can easily to made into vegetarian recipes. This way, you can have your Mexican fix but also your veggies. Veggies don't seems as boring when they're Mexified :)

Heather

Friday 1st of March 2013

Well hey! Fun fact of the day! I make LOTS of veggified Mexican food. Black beans are my most favorite staple, but i put sweet potatoes in everything, too. Like sweet potato & black bean quesadillas? Hellooo. Love. Also- roasted veggie tacos. Gah. so freaking good.