Gluten-Free Caesar Salad Recipe

gluten-free Caesar salad
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Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

Calories 259
Fat 20g
Carbs 16g
Protein 4g
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Total Time 20 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 10 min
Servings 2

To make a gluten-free Caesar salad, you need a good recipe. But you also need to make sure two specific items that you need for your Caesar salad are gluten-free: your salad dressing and your croutons. Fortunately, both are relatively easy to source. See your options, listed under the recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 head Romaine lettuce
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free croutons
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free Caesar salad dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 ounce anchovy fillets (optional—should be gluten-free, but verify)

Preparation

  1. Tear Romaine lettuce into bite-sized pieces and place in large salad mixing bowl.
  2. Spoon Caesar salad dressing over lettuce, then toss until all pieces of lettuce are liberally covered with the dressing. Add gluten-free croutons and anchovies (if desired), and toss until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Split into two separate servings on salad plates and add sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

For salad dressing, stick with the following brands:

  • Brianna's — Asiago Caesar dressing is gluten-free.
  • Cardini's — All Cardini's Caesar salad dressings are gluten-free, including Original, Fat-Free, Garlic Lemon, and Red Jalapeño.
  • Girard's — These dressings are made by the same company that makes Cardini's. Girard's Caesar dressing is gluten-free.
  • Ken's Steakhouse — Ken's salad dressings aren't tested for trace gluten, but the brand does keep a list of dressings that have no gluten ingredients, which includes Ken's Caesar, Lite Caesar, and Lite Creamy Caesar.
  • Newman's Own — The company's Caesar, Creamy Caesar, Organic Caesar, and Lite Caesar dressings all are considered to be gluten-free.

As for other Caesar salad dressings on store shelves, these products are not recommended for those following the gluten-free diet:

  • Hidden Valley's Caesar dressing is not on the company's gluten-free list, so steer clear.
  • Kraft Foods, another major manufacturer of salad dressings, will disclose any gluten-containing ingredients. However, the company does not test its products for gluten, and they may be subject to gluten cross-contamination in processing.
  • Marie's salad dressings are free of wheat ingredients but may contain barley and/or rye.
  • Wish-Bone, a Unilever brand, will disclose any gluten-containing ingredients clearly on its label, but like Kraft, does not test its products for gluten. Wish-Bone salad dressings, therefore, may be subject to cross-contamination.

    In addition to you'll need to substitute regular croutons with gluten-free croutons. There are several possible brands on the market:

    • Aleia's makes gluten-free croutons in Classic and Parmesan flavors. Aleia's products are certified gluten-free, which means they're tested to contain less than 10 parts per million of gluten.
    • Ener-G, which specializes in allergen-free products, offers plain croutons that are tested to contain less than 5 parts per million of gluten.
    • Olivia's Croutons now offers gluten-free garlic croutons. Note that these croutons are made in a dedicated facility separate from where the company makes its regular, gluten-containing products.
    • Schar Gluten-Free makes plain gluten-free croutons in a dedicated gluten-free facility.
    Nutrition Facts
    Servings: 2
    Amount per serving  
    Calories 259
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 20g 26%
    Saturated Fat 3g 15%
    Cholesterol 13mg 4%
    Sodium 1139mg 50%
    Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
    Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
    Total Sugars 3g  
    Includes 1g Added Sugars 2%
    Protein 4g  
    Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
    Calcium 126mg 10%
    Iron 2mg 11%
    Potassium 548mg 12%
    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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