Aug 15, 2012

Skinny Caesar Dressing



An easy, creamy, eggless Caesar Salad Dressing using the core ingredients which make up the classic: lemon + parmesan + anchovies, then lightened up with Greek yogurt.

Serve this with romaine lettuce and grilled chicken for a fabulous light summer salad.

I've been using Anne Burrell's Eggless Caesar Dressing recipe for a long time, it's restaurant quality and you don't miss the egg. Last week I took a chance and replaced the olive oil with Greek yogurt and I was surprised how well it turned out. Good cheese is a must, I only use Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano, that powdered stuff that comes in a plastic container just doesn't cut it!

And for those of you who don't like anchovies, sure you can leave it out, but I think they make the dressing. Your choice!


Skinny Creamy Caesar Dressing
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Size: 3 tbsp • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 2 pts
Calories: 77 • Fat: 5.7 g • Protein: 5 g • Carb: 1.7 g • Fiber: 0 g • Sugar: 1 g
Sodium: 169 mg


Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 tbsp fat free Greek yogurt

Directions:

In the bowl of a food processor add the cheese, the lemon juice, garlic clove, mustard and the anchovies. Turn the machine on and let it run for 15 to 20 seconds. Add the oil and yogurt and let the machine run for another 15 seconds.

Makes 3/4 cup.

66 comments :

  1. I'll definitely have to try this. I rarely buy anchovy fillets since they dry out or turn gross before I can use them all. However, I do have a tube of anchovy paste in the fridge. Do you think that would be an ok substitution, and how much do you think I should use?

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    1. They sell anchovies in little glass jars, I like to use those. Anchovy paste would work too, but I still prefer using them whole.

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    2. I buy canned anchovies then freeze them in small baggies, a couple fillets in each baggie then take them out as I need them

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    3. yes to the paste...I make my own Caesar with olive oil and use the paste - it takes a LOT though. I am so looking forward to trying this with the yogurt.

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  2. you are my hero! i love caesar salad - practially grew up on the stuff - but it's so calorie laden that i can't justify it - passing this along to my sis, who'll be equally excited!

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  3. I would also like to know how much paste to use. My husband's family has an age old recipe that involves soaking 5 crushed cloves in 1/2 cup olive oil for 4 hours. Oh my lord, that salad is so good yet so terrible for you.

    Ill still soak the garlic before hand.

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    1. Olive oil is good for you, just not for your hips ;)

      I think an inch is equivalent to one anchovy, it should say on the tube.

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  4. This is amazing!!! I love ceasar dressing but it is so full of calories I can never feel guilt free after eating it. I will absolutely have to try this one out!! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  5. I LOVE CEASAR DRESSING! Can't wait to try this! Do you have any suggestions on how to use the leftover anchovies? I have never bought anchovies but would assume you would need to use them fairly quickly after opening a pack/container/jar?? See, I don't even know what they come in!!

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    1. Buy the ones in a glass jar so you can reseal it.

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    2. you say to use 1/3 cup of cheese - do you know how many ounces?

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  6. I looked around and 1/2 tsp paste equals two anchovy fillets. Thanks for the recipe - I love caesar salad but rarely eat it because of the dressing.

    Kristina

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  7. 3 TBSP!! FOR A SERVING! You're my hero. My favorite dressing is about $4-5/jar and it's 2 pts+ for 2 tbsp.

    How long does the dressing last in the fridge (seeing as I may want to triple the batch or something?)

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    1. I would say it should last as long as your yogurt is good, so check the date and use fresh yogurt.

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  8. I ALWAYS have a batch of your skinny blue cheese dressing in the frig. Will have to give this caesar a try. If it's anywhere close to your blue cheese recipe, I'll be keeping a batch of each from now on!

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  9. You could always get a side of anchovies from a pizza place , even if you don't order anything else . They'll usually charge you like 50 cents to a dollar, but if you only need 2 fillets for the dressing there is no need for a whole jar :)

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  10. This is a great recipe. I also make it with silken tofu and my daughter and I love it!

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  11. I've been looking for a yogurt dressing and I love Caesar so this is perfect!

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  12. Love it! I'm so glad for an egg-less recipe because it was on my "do not eat" preggo list because of the egg. Now I can eat it, and eat I will!

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  13. i'm on a cleanse right now - 9 days done 9 more to go - i can NOT wait to try all these recipes - i started following you everywhere! -- thanx for being awesome!

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    1. Amy Ramadan9/7/12, 4:51 PM

      Just curious, what cleanse are you doing and were you happy with the results? I have one that I wanted to try but wanted to get the opinion of someone who has done one! Any input you can give me would really help!! Thanks!

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  14. Bless your beautiful heart!

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  15. Like everyone else, I love caesar salad but not the calories and fat in the dressing! I can't wait to try it myself! Maybe this weekend!! I also love that a serving is 3TBS! Thanks!

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  16. Awesome recipe! Now this is a Caesar dressing I would be proud to serve to my family!!

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  17. I don't like the taste of anchovies. Do you think it would taste just as good? Or do you have a suggestion of a replacement?

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    1. There really isn't a replacement for them, I would leave them out and adjust the ingredients to taste.

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    2. A restaurant we go to that does tableside Caesar salads puts a little Worcestershire sauce in their dressing. That might add a little of the salty oomph that the anchovies have.

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    3. Although, just as an FYI, Worcestershire sauce has anchovies in it.

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  18. I definitely have to try this and I love your lunch ideas!

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  19. Hi Gina - love your blog!

    You might have covered this before, but I'm wondering about lids for Ball jars. Do you use the 2-piece canning lids or one-piece lids? If it's the one-piece lids, are they plastic or metal, and could you share where you got them? I would like to use them for storage, not canning. thanks!

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    1. I use both, whatever I can find since they are for storage.

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  20. sounds amazing- I have some anchovies hanging around too! I make my ranch dressing basically the same, but with loads of herbs and minus the anchovies! Love creamy dressings without all the extra fat and calories. It's also way cool to be able to make your own dressing from scratch :)

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  21. You can put leftover anchovies with oil in a plastic Tupperware type dish and save in refrigerator. Much like the glass jar

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  22. I love anchovies. I don't think this dressing would be the same without it. Sometimes I add a little splash of white wine to my dressing to switch it up a bit.

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  23. You are 100% a mind reader... today on my way in to work i was thinking "i'd like to make a skinny ceaser salad tonight, i'll have to see if Gina has ever done a version, if not i don't want to make it because i don't trust anyone else to lighten up a dressing and not ruin it with some wierd ingredient"... then i check my email and voila! Love you.... you are the number one reason i've lost 35 pounds!

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  24. i was JUST wondering about a lean caesar dressing. thank you!

    delightfulcrab.com

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  25. Gina, how long can this be kept in the fridge? I know fresh dressings don't last as long as their preservative-filled counterparts, but I'm not sure how much shorter their life-span is.

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    1. I'm thinking as long as the date on the yogurt container which is why I made a small batch.

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  26. Making this time with grilled chicken breasts and of course lettuce! :) You're awesome Gina. You've helped me lose over 40 lbs so far. Keep up the great work! Can't wait for small fall recipes.

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  27. It doesn't look like it makes much!??! I have to make it for 5 adults. Multiply it 3X's???

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    1. Yes, make more. You can double or triple.

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    2. I wasn't sure where to post this....you say to use 1/3 cup cheese - how many ounces is this? Thank you so much!

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  28. We had grilled chicken caesar salads with this dressing on Saturday. Added in some crusty WW bread and a glass of wine and this was a perfect dinner.

    I used 5 cloves of garlic (one is not nearly enough) crushed and soaked for a few hours in the olive oil. Added a dash of worcestershire sauce. Really good!

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  29. I just made this dressing and it was good. I think I will cut back on the lemon juice next time though because it was a little too tart, especially with Greek yogurt being a little tart itself. I will probably add more garlic and more anchovies. Anchovies are what make caesar dressing!! If you like caesar dressing, you have to like anchovies because you can't have true caesar dressing without them! Thanks Gina for great recipes and making losing weight enjoyable!

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    1. Actually, the original caesar dressings didn't have anchovies.... it's just hard to find a good Caesar dressing now days without it.

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  30. This recipe is amazing. I've made it twice so far and I plan to always have it in the fridge. I made it exactly as written and I think it is perfect. Now if i can figure out how to make the chicken that I want to put this on for a chicken ceasar salad I'd be very happy. Thanks Gina. Great Job!

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  31. Just made this it is really good. I have to agree with LeeAnne that next time I'd put just a tad less lemon juice! Other than that perfect :)

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  32. Just made this dressing....it was sooo good. Thanks for the recipe Gina...I am a huge fan of yours!

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  33. I grew up on caesar salad, with the loads of oil and raw egg and still eat it once a week. I just made this dressing and was very happy with it. I saved some for tomorrow too (something I could never do with the traditional kind) so we'll see how it holds up. Thank you so much! You have saved me loads of fat and calories from a household staple. It just stinks throwing away almost an entire tin of anchovies - I've always hated that about caesar salad.

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  34. Gina
    thanks so much for doing this back in August I know I asked you about it then -months ago - life got in the way and I am just now getting back to say THANKYOU!!!

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  35. I made this last night and loved it, but my husband not so much. He felt the sourness of the yogurt was slightly over powering. It is a great dressing but he expected me to make a replica of the real thing. I would still eat it any day though!

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  36. Tracy Damiano11/12/12, 2:41 PM

    This dressing is astonishingly delicious. Definitely don't miss the egg yolks and extra oil. I only had pecorino romano in the fridge so I used that instead of parmesan, which made for a more pungent dressing. Incredibly flavorful, and so yummy that it made me want another plate of Caesar's salad the next morning for breakfast!

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  37. Magic.
    I don't like to have processed, full of sugar, and fat dressings.
    But I Lov ceasar salad and this recipe is just do yummy and healthy. Ur an angel. Tku

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  39. Wow! GREAT recipe! Thank u, Gina!:-) Made it tonight for our salad w/ turkey/veggie meatballs, big pot of homemade sauce (that I snuck more veggies into for the kids!) & whole wheat pasta. It was the PERFECT compliment to the meal! I don't think you'd realize it was as "skinny" at all!! Excited to try all your other dressings! I've made your recipes for dinner every night this week! Thanks for inspiring me!!! (PS that Picadillo was DELISH!!!!) THANKS!

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  40. I have been making my own caesar salad dressing for years & I'm always asked to make a jar to bring to parties when the host is serving a salad. I can't wait to take this next time instead of mine which is 5x the calories & fat & tastes almost exactly the same, without all that olive oil & eggs it's amazing!! The only thing I did change was added a bit more dijon to get rid of the yogurt taste & I used 1/2 a tube of anchovy paste because it's what i had in the frig. Thank you so much for this recipe. I can now have caesar every night & no desire to ever order it in any restaurant knowing how many calories I can save having it at home. I wish I had searched your dressings months ago. Again, Thank you!!

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  41. made this today for dinner... but could not resist so here I am eating salad for an afternoon snack (and only need 1 Tbsp) . This tastes amazing (left out anchovies.. as did not have will try with next time)!

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  42. Do you think this would still taste good without the garlic. I need to give it up due to intolerance. :(

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  43. Made it and loved it! I only had plain no-fat yogurt (not Greek) on hand and it turned out perfectly.

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  44. I made this today, and knew the amount of lemon juice would be too much for us, so I almost doubled the yogurt, using a heaping 1/2 cup, and left everything else the same, except the cheese- I increased that by one tablespoon. This dressing was delicious and I can't wait to eat more salad tomorrow!!!

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  45. I don't have a food processor. Can I use a blender or a magic bullet? The bullet is small and would be about the right size I think.

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