Gluten-Free Caesar Salad Recipe

gluten-free Caesar salad
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Total Time 20 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 10 min
Yield Serves two

To make a gluten-free Caesar salad, you need a good recipe (see below). 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.

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.

Gluten-Free Croutons

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.


  • 1/3 head Romaine lettuce
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free croutons
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free Caesar salad dressing
  • 1/2 oz. anchovy fillets (optional — should be gluten-free, but verify)
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh ground pepper


Tear Romaine lettuce into bite-sized pieces and place in large salad mixing bowl.

Spoon Caesar salad dressing over lettuce, then toss until all pieces of lettuce are liberally covered with dressing. Add gluten-free croutons and anchovies (if desired), and toss until thoroughly mixed.

Split into two separate servings on salad plates and add sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.

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