Paleo Caesar Salad

March 26, 2012 in Categories: by

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Ceasar Salad-020I have never liked croutons on Caesar salad.  I never saw the point of those overly crunchy, salty, chunks of stale bread.  So, making a paleo Caesar salad without them was easy:  some homemade bacon bits add a lovely little bit of salty crunch and add alot more flavor than stale bread ever does!  My big challenge with this salad was making a creamy dressing flavorful enough that you don’t miss the typical buttermilk or sour cream and parmesan cheese ingredients (although, if you follow a primal or lacto-paleo diet, you could still top this salad with some coarse grated parmesan, but it isn’t necessary).  I had a very tough crowd to please in my husband, because Caesar salad is his all-time favorite.  But, I finally got it right.  This is delicious as a side dish or with grilled chicken or shrimp added to make it a dinner salad.  Serves 4-5 as a side salad or 2 as a dinner salad.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Serves: 4-5


1.    Fry bacon in a frying pan (or bake in the oven) until crisp.  Drain on paper towel.  When cool, break into small pieces.
2.    Wisk paleo mayo, lemon juice, crushed garlic, anchovy paste and pepper together.
3.    Tear or chop romain lettuce into large bite-size pieces.  Wash and dry (use a Salad Spinner or paper towels).
4.    Toss lettuce with dressing until evenly coated.  Top with bacon and more cracked pepper, to taste.  Enjoy!

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Sorry. That salad really shouldn’t have been in the AIP section. Egg yols are one of the foods that most people can reintroduce, but until that point, there isn’t a good substitute.

Yup! Was missing my caeser dressing since going Paleo….loved this!!! My kids loved it also. I served ours with pine nuts on top. Yum! Thank you for a great recipe!

question, is there any way to make this in large amounts? i wanna make a big batch so i can just grab it from the fridge in one of my squeeze bottles and be able to have ceasar salad quickly. same question for the mayo. does it translate when you mae large amounts or do you have to make small amounts multiple times

This is so yummy! It’s my favourite dressing and every time I looked in the store, all the bottles had some kind of sugar/sweetener. I was glad to find this recipe. I added some asiago cheese to it for a little kick and it turned out very nice! Thanks!

I love your recipes! Will these be included in your new cookbook? I keep printing them, but would love to have them in an easy-to-use cookbook! :))

Sure hope all the recipes you post stress in the cookbook coming out? Been printing the posts as we fix them, collecting quite a stack of paper. Cookbook already pre-ordered.

Can’t wait to try this. Question though…. I don’t use a lot of anchovy paste so I end up wasting a tube. Do you think it would freeze alright? Maybe if I froze it in an ice cube tray and then into freezer bags?

This recipe is the best! I use a few dashes of garlic powder instead of a fresh clove in a pinch and since my homemade mayo is lemony, I can often skip the lemon juice too! Great recipe, I make it at least once a week and top with some pine nuts.

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If you want a taste of Parmesan cheese without the parm you can use Nutritional yeast.. if that is allowed?? I found this great stuff when I was searching for answers and tried going Vegan for 4 mos.. Really good stuff!

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