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Caesar Salad? Might as well have eaten a whopper...


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So I'm a Caesar salad addict... chicken ceasar preferably. Now, I'm aware that the lettuce used is worthless and the dressing is basically minced up fish and mayo or something else gross... so that leaves the chicken.

I could live off these things, but how many calories do they have really? Some are listed at over 1000 calories while others are in the 300 range. I've never eaten any of the specific salads this site has listed... I like local bar salads which vary in quality. I also like the Caesar salads from Sauce and the Caesar salad wraps... mmm. 

 I've been doing light dressing or dressing on the side, but I still have no idea about caloric content or nutrition in these mystery concoctions. Some places put anchovies on their Caesars too which is vile to me... can't even stand fishy smelling dressing...

My other question is - what other kind of salad might I like... now here's the problem... I don't like the taste of vinegar or oil. I actually prefer a salad with no dressing to those flavors. Ranch seems like it would be just as bad if not worse. Blue cheese and feta aren't appealing to me either. Any ideas? Is there some sort of light buttery-esque or creamy sauce that could dress up a salad without adding much fat or calories?

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It's completely possible to make a very good quality caesar salad that won't put too much of a dent in your day. 

And as far as the lettuce goes, as long as it's not iceburg lettuce, it's NOT useless!  Lettuce is very, very good for you!

Find a good quality, low calorie caesar dressing in the grocery store, Girards makes a terrific light caesar.  Cook up some chicken breast, cut up some romaine lettuce, sprinkle on some parmesean cheese and you're good to go!
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You're right, and I've been able to make my own low-cal salads. The problem is, Caesar's are most often made with Iceburg... plus, I really enjoy going out for my salads. :/
Yup, you can buy a really nice creamy caesar dressing that has 80 calories for 2 tablespoons. I have a huge salad with it (and chicken / other veggies) every day for lunch for about 350 calories.
More often than not, the problem with caesar salad is the dressing and the cheese, not the chicken. If i were you I would worry about the dressing and not the chicken.

JUst find a good low calorie/low fat dressing and don't use cheese (or use a very little).

Also, im 100% positive that Ceasar salad is made with Romaine, not iceberg lettuce, which is good for you
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Original Post by thejabronisayz:

More often than not, the problem with caesar salad is the dressing and the cheese, not the chicken. If i were you I would worry about the dressing and not the chicken.

JUst find a good low calorie/low fat dressing and don't use cheese (or use a very little).

Also, im 100% positive that Ceasar salad is made with Romaine, not iceberg lettuce, which is good for you

 I don't worry at all about the chicken. I know it's the dressing. I always opt for the chicken to add protein to the salad. My worry is that the dressing is always such an unknown when I go to a restaurant. Making salads for myself isn't the issue. There isn't ever really much parm cheese on my salads when I go out anyway and I don't put it on the ones I make.

TheJay is right, traditional Ceasar salad is made with romaine lettuce, not iceburg.

Maybe you could ask for the dressing on the side, that way you can control how much you use. 
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Original Post by shandykat:

TheJay is right, traditional Ceasar salad is made with romaine lettuce, not iceburg.

Maybe you could ask for the dressing on the side, that way you can control how much you use.

 I already do that, but it's still a variable. and it varies wildly - from 300 to 1000 calories. What to do?

If you are that concerned about the dressing factor....bring your own dressing in with you and just ask for the salad plain no dressing. If you are embarassed about using your own dressing dont be I have seen many ppl do this especially ppl that are on strict diets due to health problems and such.........
I second bringing your own dressing.  You can buy packets of dressing that way you can keep a couple in your purse and not worry about them spilling/leaking.  You may like honey mustard or a dijon dressing (lite or fat free of course).  My grocery store sells the packets for .25 and suggest you buy several different lite ones to try (just don't put it on all of your salad, that way if you don't like it you can try another).  If people stare it is most likely bc they are thinking "now why didn't I think of that?" =)

Are you able to make your own dressing? I agree with you. I'd rather have a plain salad than vinegar and oil any day. We use a mayo recipe we got from our nutritionist and I looove it.

Ingredients
1 cup of oil (We use corn oil)
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of mustard
1 egg
A pinch of pepper
A bit of parsley (my mom uses crushed basil when she's out of parsley, though)

Refrigerate the cup of oil until it's cold. Add the egg to the blender, along with the mustard, the garlic cloves and the salt, parsley/basil and pepper. Turn it on low and start gradually adding the oil slowly. As you add the oil, it will take the desired consistency and then you're done.

That's basically it. But my mom also adds pickles and capers to give it more flavor. These two ingredients make it taste wonderfully.

You can tweak with it to suit your tastes, though! I've gotten so used to it that I now frown when she uses normal mayonnaise, lol. I used to love mayonnaise but now I only like it homemade!

Ceasar Salad with grilled chicken (bring your own Kraft Free salad dressing that's only 25 cal per Tbs) and wala.......yummy! Only 220 calories. Here's the link http://www.mcdonalds.com/app_controller.nutri tion.index1.html#3

It's a huge salad and sometimes I can't eat it all.
If you want to try something different get the plan salad and ask for limes. I enjoy about any salad with fresh limes squeezed over it . Some times I mix it up with just a bit of olive oil and just a bit of salt.
comee onnnnnnn. just add for the dressing on the side and put a table spoon or two and mix it up and thats all u need. i order one out everyday and i say dressing on the side and light on the cheese and no crutons. its like 240 cals for a chicken ceaser sald if you do it right..

Why is iceburg lettuce not good for you??  --Just wondering I am having a salad dilema also haha--I am getting sick of it!! I have it for lunch everyday Monday thru Friday--it sucks!  I am going to start buying a different kind to see if that will help.  And reading that Iceburg lettuce isn't good for you---even better lol (that is the kind that I have been buying)

It doesn't really have any nutritional value, so it's not bad for you, but it isn't "good" for you either.  Spinach leaves have lots of great nutritional value and has more flavor too.  Try adding different stuff to your salad to change it up (egg whites for protein, dried cranberries, low-fat feta, ham, turkey, peppers, etc).  Could also use a tortilla factory shell and make a wrap with all your favorite salad ingredients for something different.
Thanks--great idea! :)

i also love ceaser salad

 

Bringing your own salad dressing is the way to go, I'm thinking.  Another user/moderator on this site, MollyMouser, SWEARS by those little single-serving packets, and I trust her advice on just about everything - she really knows her stuff.  Also, it helps you control the flavor and texture (or lack of a better word) of your salad and not just the calories.  Some restaurants make a great caesar, but some others drown the salad in the dressing.

 

Salad are not high cal food, of course you have to choose healthy toping, if you go to a restaurant and order a salad with bacon, eggs, cheese (blue, goat), and nuts, plus the dressing maybe will be around 1000 or more.... so be smart, I always ask for a side of low fat non fat dressing, not bacon, depending of the cheese maybe a little, not eggs, nuts well I;ll ask for a few....there is nothing wrong with salad, be just carefull puting too much there
no reason not to have the eggs...lots of people leave the yolk it actually makes it more healthy because you are getting some protien in.  we can not just eat lettuce can we?
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