Caesar Salad with Herb Croutons


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Ingredients:

Croutons:
  • 1 baguette, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • Canola oil cooking spray
Salad:
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup herb croutons
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
Caesar dressing:
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled (1/2 teaspoon chopped)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat silken tofu (4 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white miso paste
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions:

Croutons:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut bread slices into 1-inch squares and place in a bowl. Add basil, rosemary, parsley and garlic to bowl and toss well. Spray a baking sheet once with cooking spray, place croutons on sheet and bake in preheated oven until croutons are light brown, about 20 minutes. Use right away or cool to store in an airtight container.

Caesar dressing:

Place garlic in a food processor fitted with a metal blade and finely chop. Scrape down sides of work bowl. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Dressing will keep up to 4 days stored in a glass container in the refrigerator. If it thickens, add a little water to thin it.

Salad:

Wash romaine, dry by patting with paper towels or in a salad spinner and tear into bite-size pieces. Place lettuce, croutons, parmesan cheese, and dressing in a bowl and toss.

Yield:

4 servings

Adapted from:

The Taste for Living Cookbook, 1998 by Beth Ginsberg


 
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