Salads are often a go-to meal for anyone trying to eat healthy, but they can quickly turn into a sugar and calorie trap. Caesar salads are no exception—in fact, they’re one of the biggest offenders. Piles of crunchy croutons, chunks of Parmesan cheese, and a heavy ladle of dressing may make it taste uber delicious, but as with many indulgent meals, the ubiquitous salad can leave you feeling not so great.
Fortunately, a few small kitchen hacks will have you—and your body—screaming, “Hail, Caesar!” And don’t worry, these seven Caesar salad recipes don’t skimp on taste.
Grilling romaine is a seriously underrated salad trick. Not only does it look beautiful, but grilling also adds a smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with the tartness of Caesar dressing. This recipe steps it up a notch by grilling the avocado too. No grill? No problem. Using a grill pan works wonders and takes much less time.
This recipe is the triple threat of low-carb Caesars: It has bacon, avocado, and soft-boiled eggs. (It even has a touch of mayo.) Full of healthy fats and protein, it’s the perfect dish if you’re looking for a salad main course. To lighten it a touch, opt for turkey bacon and skip the croutons.
Meet our favorite lettuceless salad. This dish uses shaved Brussels sprouts and parsley for the leaves and an egg-based dressing to bind it all together. Paleo, dairy-free, and gluten-free, it’s the perfect Caesar side dish for anyone sticking to a specific diet. To make it a bit more filling (and flavorful), add turkey bacon bits or sliced chicken.
We love Mexican spins on pretty much anything. Avocado, cotija cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds, lime dressing… what’s not to love about this light, refreshing version? If you’re not in the mood for chicken, substitute any lean protein (black beans are a great vegetarian option) and feel free to roast instead of grill.