California Caesar Salad

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32 g
Total Fat
45 g
Total Carbs
11 g
5 mg
 California Caesar Salad

California Avocado in the dressing and the salad turns an ordinary Caesar into a California Caesar Salad. What a tasty an nutritious treat providing a good source (10% DV) of key nutrients like dietary fiber , vitamin C , calcium and potassium, along with an excellent source (20% DV) of iron and vitamin A.


Serves: 4
    California Caesar Sourdough Croutons (Or reduced sodium Parmesan/Caesar croutons)
  anchovy filets, optional*
  clove California garlic, smashed
Tbsp.  Parmesan cheese, shredded
Tbsp.  light tasting olive oil
  sourdough bread
  As needed  Light tasting olive oil spray
1/8  tsp.  sea salt, or to taste
    California Caesar Dressing
  anchovy filet, optional*
1/4  cup  light tasting olive oil
  cloves California garlic, smashed
Tbsp.  Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/2    ripe, Fresh California Avocado
Tbsp.  lemon juice, fresh
Tbsp.  water, or more as needed
1/2  tsp.  lemon zest, fresh
1/4  tsp.  cracked black pepper, fresh
    California Caesar Salad
bag  chopped hearts of romaine, (10-oz. bag)
batch  California Caesar dressing
batch  California Caesar Sourdough Croutons, or about 2.5 oz. packaged reduced sodium croutons
Tbsp.  Parmesan cheese, shredded, or more to taste
  ripe, Fresh California Avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced or ribbonized
    Cracked black pepper, fresh, to individual taste

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Make croutons: in a blender or food processor with small bowl attachment or mortar and pestle, pulse together anchovy, garlic and cheese until crumbly. Blend in oil. Spray the bottom side of the sourdough slices with olive oil spray and sprinkle with salt. Spread anchovy-cheese paste on the top side of the bread, then cut into cubes. Place top-side up on a baking sheet lined with nonstick foil and spritz with more olive oil spray. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes or until croutons are light brown and crisp. Remove from oven and let cool.
  2. Make salad dressing by combining all dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Dressing will be thick; add additional water or lemon juice if you prefer a thinner dressing. Chill if not serving immediately.
  3. Prepare the salad: toss romaine with dressing and croutons, then divide salad among plates. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over each salad and top with slices or ribbons of California Avocado. Place a pepper grinder near the salad so fresh cracked black pepper can be added as each person prefers.

Serving Suggestion: Make a main meal by topping with sliced grilled chicken, fish, shrimp or scallops.

Variations: *For a vegetarian option omit the anchovies. Increase the cheese in the crouton recipe slightly. In the dressing add 2 tsp. white miso paste for additional umami flavor. Avoiding bread or gluten? Skip the croutons and serve with parmesan crisps instead. Also try with shredded lacinato or baby kale in place of the romaine for a California Kale Caesar Salad.

Beverage Pairing: A crisp – not oaky – California Chardonnay.

**Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Calories 500
Total Fat 32 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 21 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4 g
Total Carbs 45 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Total Sugar 4 g
Protein 11 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Sodium 620 mg
Potassium 546 mg

Vitamin A 329 mcg ; Vitamin C 11 mg ; Calcium 125 mg ; Iron 4 mg ; Vitamin D 0 mcg ; Folate 262 mcg ; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.35g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 35%; Vitamin C 10%; Calcium 10%; Iron 20 %; Vitamin D 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

California Avocado Commission

Created in 1978, the California Avocado Commission strives to enhance the premium positioning of California avocados through advertising, promotion and public relations, and engages in related industry activities. California avocados are commercially cultivated with uncompromising dedication to quality and freshness, by more than 3,000 growers in the Golden State. The California Avocado Commission serves as the official information source for California avocados and the California avocado industry.

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