This classic Low Carb (3 net carbs) Caesar Salad recipe makes a delicious dressing paired with crispy Romaine lettuce. The dressing can also be used as a dip on a crudite platter. The salad has under 3 net carbs per serving.
Course: Entrees, Salad
Diet Type: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Author: Felice Kaufman
6anchovy filets packed in oildrained
1garlic clovepeeled and smashed
2raw egg yolks
2tablespoonsfresh lemon juicejuice of 1 lemon
½cup Extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
3heads Romaine lettuce heartsor 2 heads of Romaine lettuce. Remove dark outer leaves.
FOR THE PARMESAN CHEESE
Using a vegetable peeler, gently shave thin slices of the cheese from the narrow side of the block. Make about 12 strips and break them into bite sized pieces.
Process the remaining cheese with a box grater. Be sure to use the tiny teardrop holes, not the large ones. You need 2 tablespoons for the dressing and the rest can be passed at the table.
FOR THE DRESSING
Drop anchovies, salt and garlic in your food processor and pulse on low for a few seconds until garlic is finely minced. Scrape down sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
Add eggs, lemon juice, and mustard. Pulse until combined. Scrape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula.
Replace cover and with machine running on low, slowly add the olive oil through the feeding tube on the top of the food processor until it is emulsified.
Mix 2 tablespoons finely grated parmesan cheese into the dressing. Add a little freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Refrigerate in a covered jar until ready to use.
FOR THE SALAD
Remove the tough outer leaves of the lettuce. Place the lettuce on a cutting board and slice the lettuce horizontally into 1" pieces. Make sure to remove the "stump" from the bottom of the lettuce.
Gently toss the lettuce with half of the dressing in a large bowl with tongs or a rubber spatula. Add more dressing to get the desired level of creaminess.
Plate your salads and scatter shaved parmesan cheese and some freshly ground black pepper over each salad.
Make-Ahead Instructions:If you are preparing the salad a few hours ahead of your meal, spin the lettuce and place a few wet paper towels over the lettuce. Replace the cover of the salad spinner or if you're using a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.The Caesar dressing can be made one day ahead of time. Prepare and place in the refrigerator in a covered container.For The Kaufmann and Dairy Free Diet:This recipe is suitable for the Kaufmann Phase Two Diet. To make it for Kaufmann Phase One or Dairy Free, leave out the cheese. It is still good! You can also use 365 Whole Foods Market Dijon Mustard for the dressing which is made with apple cider vinegar.CONTAINS RAW EGGS: Take caution when consuming raw and lightly cooked eggs due to the slight risk of salmonella or other food-borne illness.