Does your family love Caesar salad as much as mine does? And what about those Caesar salad kits that come all ready to toss together and taste perfectly seasoned? Our family had grown wild about these salad kits, but I wasn't so wild about the price of them. That's why I decided to create my own Caesar Salad Spice Mix!
Not only do the kits include chopped lettuce, shredded parmesan, croutons and Caesar dressing, but many also contain a little pouch of seasoning that made them hard to replicate....until now!
Now I can prepare Caesar salad in any quantity I want, and it will taste every bit as good...even better...than a salad kit. So whether you're preparing salad for a large gathering or just for yourself, you can give your salad a little special oomph with this Caesar Salad Spice Mix.
Just toss the seasoning along with your romaine, parmesan and croutons, to kick your Caesar salads up a notch.
With how easy and simple Caesar salad is to make on your own, there is no need to buy those expensive kits. Your salad will be just as highly addictive as the ready-made salads on the produce aisle with this special seasoning. Plus, a fresh salad is always healthier and won't taste of preservatives like packaged salads do.
What Ingredients Do I Need for the Caesar Salad Spice Mix?
- Paprika: Made from dried ground red pepper, paprika adds a mild bit of kick. I recommend using regular paprika and not the smoked variety, for this recipe.
- Nutritional yeast: This popular vegan seasoning has a slightly cheesy flavor and packs a lot of umami (a.k.a. flavor enhancing power). It also contains a little Vitamin B-12 for added nutrition. If you don't have it, you could try substituting grated parmesan cheese (the powdery kind) in its place.
- Turmeric: This warm and peppery spice is also very healthy, with proven anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Dried oregano: An Italian herb that should be a staple in every spice pantry.
- Dried parsley: Another wonderful Italian herb that compliments a Caesar salad.
- Garlic powder: Dried garlic powder, while not as potent as fresh minced garlic, is necessary for this recipe if you'd like to store your Caesar Salad Spice Mix for future uses.
- Salt: While you could always use any fancy kind of salt, regular table salt will do just fine.
- Black pepper: More and more, our family is finding that black pepper is such a great accompaniment to salads. It really enhances all the flavors.
Just toss all the spices together and sprinkle this "love" over your salad. Not only does it make a great seasoning for Caesar salad, but it goes great on chicken breast, casseroles, and mixed in other green salads.
What Other Ingredients Can I Add to My Caesar Salad?
Besides romaine, shredded parmesan cheese and croutons, consider the following toppings for your Caesar salad:
- Sliced grilled chicken breast
- Grape tomatoes
- Sliced avocado
- Lemon wedges
- Quartered Artichoke hearts
- Sunflower Seeds
- Chopped egg
- Green olives
You might enjoy eating your salad with a loaf of crusty bread. Caesar salad can be a meal on its own or goes great with many Mediterranean main dishes.
Caesar Salad Spice Mix
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
- 2 teaspoons turmeric
- 6 teaspoons dried oregano
- 4 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- Sift all the ingredients together and save in a glass shaker. Sprinkle spice mix over romaine lettuce and toss salad with your favorite caesar dressing, parmesan cheese and croutons before serving.