After my Body Pump class on Saturday, I was looking for a quick lunch to pull together that would have plenty of protein and other nutrients to re-fuel my body. I also had a ton of lettuce in my fridge that needed to be used before it went bad (continuing my never ending saga of finding a way to “use up” things in my house before they go bad). I knew a salad would be a quick and easy lunch, but not one that was particularly protein-rich, unless I made a few additions to it. So I gathered up my usual salad ingredients – some lettuce and cucumbers and I topped it off with some canned white beans and some leftover chicken I had in the fridge. I was just about to top it off with my standard vinaigrette when I had an epiphany. If I made a creamy-style salad dressing using Greek yogurt as the base, that would up the protein content even more! Fun fact: Greek yogurt (depending on the brand) has approximately 23 grams of protein in one cup of yogurt. I use the Stonyfield Organic, Nonfat variety. And thus, this recipe for a Creamy Caesar-Style Dressing was born! I was more than a little stoked that it came out so delicious, since Caesar salad is one of my absolute favorite foods.
Creamy Caesar-Style Salad Dressing
– 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
– 2 tablespoons lemon juice
– ¼ cup Dijon mustard
– 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
– 2 small cloves garlic, minced or pasted (alternatively, use about 1 tablespoon granulated garlic, to your taste)
– Salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
– 3-4 tablespoons olive oil, or until the dressing becomes the right consistency
I’m usually pretty ‘stuck in a rut’ when it comes to my salads and almost always make some version of a balsamic vinaigrette, but this is definitely a keeper that I’m going to be using very often! Who knew that you could make a healthy, creamy Caesar dressing? Yum!