Grilled Romaine "No Egg" Caesar Salad
It seems like everyone loves Caesar Salad. The classic dressing is made with raw eggs and contains a lot of salt. While salt may taste good, most Americans consume way too much salt in their normal diet compared to recommended amounts. Too much salt in the diet may lead to elevated blood pressure. Extra salt in your diet may also lead to damage to your heart, kidneys , brain and other organs.
A Caesar Salad with No Raw Eggs
I got to work in my kitchen and made this revised “no egg” recipe. It relies on a raw cashew cream to provide the body and consistency normally provided by the raw egg. I also cut back on added salt, and ended up with a delicious “no egg” alternative that contains 290 mg of sodium (still a little high, but not impossible) and 150 calories per serving.
What are the risks of eating raw eggs?
Eating unpasteurized raw eggs is not recommended due to the risks of getting a food borne illness such as salmonella. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that approximately 1.2 million illnesses and 450 deaths occur due to non-typhoidal Salmonella annually in the United States. In order to stay safe traditional caesar salad doesn’t typically make the cut, unless it has been made with pasteurized eggs.
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|Prep Time||10 minutes|
|Passive Time||2 hours|
- canola oil spray
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/8 cup white balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 tsp honey mustard
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 oz anchovies (in oil) drained
- 8 hearts romaine lettuce
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in half (optional)
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 cups homemade whole wheat croutons (optional)
- Place cashews in a small bowl and cover with water to soak for 1-2 hours.
- Pre-heat grill to a high temperature.
- Drain cashews and blend in a food processor or blender with vinegar, worcestershire sauce, olive oil, mustard, garlic, lemon juice and anchovies until smooth.
- Lightly spray romaine hearts with canola oil and place on grill to cook, turning 2-3 times until lightly cooked.
- Place one romaine heart on an individual plate and top with a small dollop of dressing.
- Garnish with parmesan cheese, cherry tomato halves, croutons and pepper, if desired.
Nutrition Information (per serving without tomatoes or croutons): 150 calories; 11 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 290 mg sodium; 6 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams dietary fiber; 6 grams protein (values are approximate).