Without a doubt, LCHF caesar salad is my favourite meal of all times. I always order it when I go out and make it fully loaded when I am at home. It's an easy meal to make LCHF at restaurants, simply ask for no croutons, plenty of cheese, poached egg and maybe some chicken.
What is the ultimate LCHF meal? In my opinion, it has to be the LCHF caesar salad. And how is that any different to a regular caesar salad? Well it is incredibly low in carbs, moderate protein and plenty of healthy fats. It is whole food, it is unprocessed and it is nutritious.
You can add whatever you have in the fridge (you know I always encourage you that leftovers are king), you can use any salad ingredients you prefer, and best of all, load it up with healthy fats and homemade mayo.
I truly believe that is why LCHF is so successful and salads are so appealing, because the limit on fats, healthy fats, has been lifted. I'm not suggesting you make salads greasy and heavy, but LCHF caesar salad is a world apart.
LCHF caesar salad is also my go-to meal when I eat out. I don't want to make a fuss when ordering, but the easiest way to adapt a regular caesar salad is to ask for no croutons and extra salad, chicken, avocado or bacon for example. OK so their mayonaise may not be the best, and is probably made with seed oils, but it's still a good option.
You could ask for a vinaigrette, but again, this is probably made with seed oils too. It's probably not a huge part of your diet, so don't worry about these rare occasions.
LCHF Caesar Salad
To make a caesar salad you can either layer ingredients in your serving dish and add the dressing at the end, or you can make it in a large bowl, ad the dressing and mix gently with your hands to ensure all the salad is coated with your homemade mayonnaise. I prefer to layer it on the plate and leave the dressing on the table so everyone can add the quantity they prefer.
There are many opinions on what exactly should go into a classic caesar salad, but in reality, you can add what you like. Adaptable recipes are the best and most likely to be actually made, rather than a prescriptive recipe.
This LCHF caesar salad starts with a huge base of leafy greens, I like baby kale, but any leafy green is superb. Any other salad ingredients you need to use up can be added next such as baby tomatoes, spring onions or cucumber cubes. Now add your protein.This is the ultimate LCHF meal - low carb, moderate protein and healthy fats. Genius!
In the photo I used the previous night's paprika chicken. Add your favourite cheese, for me it has to be blue cheese and parmesan. The classic anchovies are next, or maybe another oily fish you prefer. Why not add bacon and avocado too? Anything goes. Now serve with homemade mayonnaise. I cannot emphasise enough how incredibly easy and nutritious it is to make your own mayonnaise.
LCHF Caesar Salad
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- Layer the leafy greens and salad ingredients on the bottom of the serving dish.
- Place the chicken and cheeses on top.
- Pop the anchovies on to finish it off.
- Drizzle with homemade mayonnaise.
LCHF caesar salad is also my go-to meal when we are in a hurry. It is my 'fast food' and cheaper than takeaways. Just buy a hot roast chicken (without stuffing or sauces) from the supermarket and a bag of leafy greens.
When you get home it takes no time at all to put the salad together and throw some extra ingredients you have probably sitting in the fridge, cheese, olives, avocado etc. The children like this meal as they get to choose whatever they like from the fridge and add it to their plate.
If I had to eat one meal every day, a LCHF caesar salad would be it. What is your go-to meal and what do you add to your salads? Leave a comment below. Everyone loves to see new ideas.
Leave a comment with your favourite salad ideas. What do you do to make them fabulous and filling?