Are you in a quandary about what to cook for dinner tonight? Would you like something that is quick and easy to prepare, light, low-calorie, healthy and delicious? Well, you are in the right place.
Caesar Salad with Roasted Shrimp is one of our favorite dinners, and I know it will quickly become one of yours too! It’s a favorite of mine because I love shrimp and I can have it on the table in less than 15 minutes. And, it’s a favorite of my husband’s because it’s delicious! It’s the perfect meal! Did I mention it’s also healthy, coming in at only 330 calories, plus it contains a whopping 168% of the daily Vitamin A requirement, 27% of Vitamin C, 24% of calcium, 74% protein, and 27% of dietary fiber?
Yes, I know many of you still have questions, such as is there a raw egg or anchovies in Caesar Salad dressing? What’s the best lettuce to use? I’m allergic to shrimp, can I use other toppings? What’s the history behind Caesar Salad?
First things first – yes classic Caesar Salad Dressing does contain raw egg and anchovies. The eggs act as an emulsifier in the dressing. If the thought of eating a raw egg makes you nervous, simply use a pasteurized egg product like Egg Beaters, or you can buy bottled Caesar Salad Dressing. And, yes, there are anchovies in traditional Caesar Salad Dressing. I use anchovy paste in a tube, which you can purchase at your grocery store. Most people have pretty strong opinions about anchovies, but when used properly the slightly salty flavor works in the background of a dish, to enhance the flavor. By the way, I’ll bet you didn’t know that the main ingredient in Worcestershire sauce is anchovies! If you just can’t bring yourself to add anchovy paste, just add an extra dash of Worcestershire sauce. I’ll also bet you didn’t know that Italian-American restaurateur Caesar Cardini first made Caesar Salad in 1924 in Tijuana, Mexico. Yes, Mexico!
This Caesar Salad recipe is topped with savory roasted shrimp, but you can add whatever topping you like. Other common toppings include grilled chicken, salmon, and steak. You can also shake things up a bit and add roasted vegetables like sweet potato or butternut squash, Of course, it’s also delicious all by itself. Romaine lettuce is the star of the show in traditional Caesar Salad, and I don’t think I have ever seen any other type of lettuce used.
The ingredients in this Caesar Salad with Roasted Shrimp recipe include shrimp, pasteurized egg product, garlic, anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, kosher salt and pepper, and Romaine lettuce. Additionally, you will need croutons and grated Parmesan cheese as a garnish. I used purchased croutons, but you can easily make your own, using stale bread. Simply cut the bread into cubes, sprinkle with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper and bake in a 325-degree oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
Caesar Salad Dressing Ingredients
Caesar Salad with Roasted Shrimp Ingredients
When you are ready to make this yummy salad, begin by gathering your ingredients and then roast the shrimp.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the shrimp on a sheet pan. Add the olive oil and mix well. Add the salt and pepper and spread them out in a single layer. Roast for 8-10 minutes depending on the size of the shrimp. Set aside to cool.
To make the Caesar Salad Dressing, whisk together the egg product, garlic, anchovy paste, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add the olive oil slowly whisking the entire time. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and add salt and pepper to taste. You can also place everything in a blender and process until smooth. Set aside.
Place the Romaine lettuce in a large bowl and add the dressing. Toss well until the leaves are coated.
Top with the shrimp and garnish with croutons and additional grated Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Note: You can also prepare the roasted shrimp and Caesar Salad Dressing up to 24 hours ahead. Simply cover tightly and refrigerate until you are ready to assemble the salad.