It is possible some of you are going to say I took too many liberties with this Chipotle Caesar Salad, and maybe that is true. If you are looking for a very traditional version of a caesar salad-well, you may have to keep looking. This salad isn’t your mother’s caesar salad after all. This salad features a lighter Caesar dressing, a hint of spicy chipotle and best of all bacon. And if this doesn’t intrigue you, well maybe we weren’t meant to be friends after all…
You know some days when all that sounds good is that salty, tangy, Caesar dressing? The one studded with freshly grated parmesan cheese? And then you remember that you are trying to be good. You are trying to watch what you eat. Do not fear. Ali at Gimme Some Oven has your back. She has developed a Caesar dressing made with non-fat greek yogurt that I like EVEN BETTER than the original Caesar dressing. And after adding some smoky, spicy chipotle peppers…I think it has been perfected!
And although, I love romaine lettuce and the simplicity of the traditional caesar salad, I also love bacon. And bacon makes everything better. Especially this caesar salad! I also added some sweet cherry tomatoes for color. And as I love spinach so much more than romaine, I made the whole salad on a bed of spring greens. Sprinkle with some shaved parmesan and this Chipotle Caesar Salad is ready for serving!
Chipotle Caesar Salad
- 4 cups salad greens
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
- 4 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
- 1 cup shaved parmesan
- 2 cups croutons
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons anchovy paste
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1-2 chipotle peppers + 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 Tablespoons milk optional
Place garlic clove, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce in a food processor, pulse 2-3 times to mince.
Add greek yogurt, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, lemon juice, anchovy paste, worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper to food processor.
Blend until smooth.
Taste dressing-adjust salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste.
If dressing seems too thick, add a few tablespoons of milk until you get to your desired consistency.
Place salad greens in 4 bowls.
Top with tomatoes, bacon, and shaved Parmesan cheese.
Dress with desired amount of chipotle caesar dressing.
Recipe Notes: Anchovy paste can be purchased in a tube, found in the canned tuna/salmon aisle at your local grocery store.
If you would like to make your own croutons-here is an easy recipe from our blog.