Caesar Salad Free PD Recipe

Caesar Salad - ©

Caesar Salad is known for being the most fattening item on a restaurant menu. This slimmed down version only adds to your health with its nutrient dense low calorie dressing. It’s loaded with creamy rich flavor and none of the fat. Did you know this famous salad was invented and served tableside in Tijuana, Mexico? Growing up in the 70s and watching Julia Child, I just assumed this salad was French. With a little investigating, I found the original version was created by Italian-American restaurateur Caesar Cardini 1924 in Tijuana, Mexico. Cardini owned a restaurant in the tourist destination to “attract Americans frustrated by Prohibition.” The story of the salad’s creation is that over Fourth of July weekend, Cardini threw together a bunch of ingredients he had on hand and served his concoction to his friends. Needless to say, the improvised dish caught on.

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    Comments (24)

    1. posted by huclkengirl on June 16, 2013

      Just ate this! So good! It is weird how it does remind me of Caesar salad! Great recipe Julie!

      Kristie Clark

    2. posted by Denise on July 9, 2013

      This salad is amazing! I never get tired of it!

    3. posted by La Brandt on December 4, 2013

      what is nutritional yeast, I have never used it? thanks

      • posted by Julie Marie on December 4, 2013

        It is technically a nutritional supplement filled with B vitamins. It looks like yellow flakes and tastes nutty and cheesy. I highly recommend picking some up and giving it a try. I haven’t met many people who don’t love the flavor that it adds to my recipes. You can find it in the bulk bins at Whole Foods or in the vitamin section of health food or vitamin stores. I use it so frequently that I order mine in bulk from

    4. posted by La Brandt on December 4, 2013

      Thank you, I picked some up today, and will try it in a recipe from the site

    5. posted by veganinblack on December 4, 2013

      my first try is amazing. i added broccoli and red onion, no croutons but cant wait to make those too. tomorrow for lunch im going to add a few boiled potatoes and see how that works. i dont think that combo can be ever bad.

    6. posted by Sheree Britt on January 4, 2014

      Really liked this dressing! I have never had true Caesar dressing, but who wants that when you can have this!

      • posted by Cheryl Jezak on July 30, 2019

        For years I’ve been known for my Caesar Salad/dressing and my memory has not faded enough for me to fully embrace this aa a Caesar dressing in that sense. I call it Caesar and I use it as Caesar and I do really like it and hope one day my taste buds have no other reference for Caesar Dressing than this.

    7. posted by Sheila Yount on July 31, 2014

      I took a taste of this and still can’t believe how good it is!! I can’t wait to have my salad so I can put this dressing on top. This is a winner, hands down!! I am very impressed at how good this dressing is, and how good for me it is too. WINNER!!

    8. posted by Sara Taylor on December 18, 2014

      can u sub garbanzo beans?

      • posted by Julie Marie on December 21, 2014

        Sara, You could give it a try but the white beans will give a creamier preferred texture.

    9. posted by Marie on January 20, 2015

      This dressing is soooo good! Thank you.

    10. posted by Stephen on May 7, 2015

      Wow! Wow! Wow! I saw this posted on FB and printed it out to make it one evening. I got home late and really didn’t feel like dirtying the blender. Call me lazy, but now I know what I was missing, as this dressing really hit the spot!

      I didn’t have any bread for croutons, but didn’t feel like I missed anything, as I used an entire head of Romaine lettuce in a large serving bowl, added some of the dressing and topped with pepper. Tossed the salad and then proceeded to eat THE WHOLE THING! No guilt at all, my only concern I had no more Romaine let in the refrigerator.

      Right now, I must say this is my “go to” dressing that Julie asks us. Love the flavor, my only concern when I initially tasted it was the consistency of the dressing, as it was a bit thick and you could tell something ingredient, in this case the beans were used. Now I might knock that off to the blender, which is going out, as I also found a chuck of garlic I thought was a bean. Thanks for the love the dressing Julie!

      • posted by Julie Marie on May 21, 2015

        Thrilled to hear you love it! When you get a BlendTec in your kitchen you will be drinking this dressing it is so good and smooth!

    11. posted by dianeb on November 23, 2015

      I am trying to search for PD steakhouse croutons but cannot find them. Can someone direct me? The link on the Caesar salad recipe doesn’t go there… least not on my computer and ipad

    12. posted by Chelnurse on December 25, 2016

      Can you taste the spicy mustard? I am not a fan of that…I am about to start on this diet tomorrow, mainly to help my husband who has a lot of stomach issues…and also to lean up for myself for Crossfit. The only thing I am worried about is I see spicy mustard used a lot and I’m not a fan…

      • posted by Julie Marie on January 2, 2017

        The mustard is not detectable in this recipe. There are always alternatives such as American Potato Salad or German Potato Salad can be enjoyed instead of the Creamy Mustard and Herb Potato Salad. I would skip the Sweet Mustard vinaigrette recipe but any of the other salad dressings that call for a teaspoon will not be detectable. The mustard adds a bit of body and slight tang. There are dozens of dressings and hundreds of recipes that do not contain mustard so this shouldn’t be a set back in your practice of a Protective Diet. Jump in full time and you and your husband will feel amazing in a very short period of time. Best of Health to you both.

    13. posted by katiemichaelmyers on March 20, 2017

      I am so enraptured with the strong flavors in the dressing that I can eat it all week!

    14. posted by Joann Wright on June 3, 2018

      THANK YOU Julie Marie for including this in the bread demo class! I tried it when I first became PD over 3 years ago, and I dint like it. I tried it today, and I was dancing around the house!!! Making the cutlets now to add to my lunch tomorrow for a chik’n Caesar! Folks, I’ve heard Julie Marie say this before and it’s so true… our tastebuds change and refine over time. If you haven’t tried a recipe for awhile, try it again! LOVE IT!!!

      • posted by Joann Wright on June 3, 2018

        Oh! I meant to add that I used to live on bottled Cardini’s Caesar salad dressing. This reminds me so much of it!!!

      • posted by Julie Marie on June 23, 2018

        Fantastic! I once forgot to include the Nutritional Yeast and it was blah. I have noticed it to be a common thing for newbies to skimp or skip on the nutritional yeast. It makes all the difference in this recipe. YUM and so good for us! Do you remember if you may have gone light on it or skipped it the first time you made it?

        • posted by Joann Wright on December 11, 2018

          I don’t think so. I think my tastebuds have just evolved.

    15. posted by Janice Price on February 20, 2020

      Love, love, love this dressing! Such a simple salad to make, but I have served it many times to guests who always love it and wish they could have the recipe. I sometimes make this with a head of roasted garlic and that is delicious, too.

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