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A new kind of Caesar salad
We’re starting to get see the beginnings of our local tomato season, thanks to area hothouse farmers. And while I can’t wait for real tomato season, I’m thrilled to get a chance at any good tomatoes after a winter of ho-hum out-of-season stock.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy these brand new babies over the last week or so has been in a simple salad of romaine and avocado. Everything about those flavors makes for a fresh, summery combination that is very much wanted on these sudden 90-degree days.
That said, though I normally make my own dressings or just stick to simple oil and vinegar preparations, I had a huge hankering the other week for Caesar dressing, though not for Caesar salad.
So, being a bit lazy, I bought some at the store and tried it out on my favorite summery salad combination.
In a word? Perfection.
It turns out Caesar salad doesn’t necessarily need to be all cheese and croutons. It’s great with a myriad of other flavors, including the bright and smooth tastes of tomatoes and avocados. The crunchy romaine base does its job either way.
Healthier Caesar Salad
1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped
1 handful cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or one large tomato, chopped
1/2 avocado, chopped
Protein of your choice (optional — salmon or chicken might work well)
Caesar dressing of your choice
In a bowl, layer romaine, tomatoes and avocado. Top with protein if using and dressing. Enjoy. Serves 1 to 2.