Jamie Oliver’s low-fat Caesars salad is packed with flavour and so easy to make. Using yoghurt instead of oil is much healthier too. This is a great dressing to add to any salad or chicken and fish. I
I’m a big fan of Jamie Oliver. His recipes just work, are packed with flavour and are never too cheffy and complicated. I saw him make this low-fat Caesars salad dressing on his TV show ’15 Minute Meals’ and fell in love. I am a huge fan of a classic Caesars salad and love it with a classic coddled egg dressing. It’s among my favourite foods, and I could probably eat it every day.
Jamie was making a chicken Caesar’s salad dish with all sorts of tasty bits and pieces, but I zoned in on the dressing. It doesn’t contain olive oil, but rather uses yoghurt instead, and since I had half a tub of low-fat yoghurt leftover from making tzatziki the other day, I didn’t even need a trip to the shops to whip this up. I was also a little intrigued by his use of basil, not at all typical of Caesar’s dressing.
I don’t yet have the 15 Minute Meals book, it’s definitely on my list. In the meantime, I’m loving the show. Simple and quick recipes that are perfect for weeknight suppers. I love how everything is jam-packed with flavour, has shorter cooking times, and has a good dose of fresh ingredients thrown in the mix. Jamie has really focused on healthy eating here, and since I am in dire need of calorie restriction, this is totally what I need right now.
**PS ~ This post has become very popular so I thought I would add a postscript. I make this dressing all the time these days and I prefer the following tweaks. I add olive oil and much less lemon, and by adding pesto the garlic is incorporated in a softer way, but you could also add another half a clove to the mix if you are a fan.
Scroll down to see Jamie Oliver’s original recipe if you prefer.
THIS IS MY CURRENT GO-TO VERSION OF THIS DRESSING:Print
jamie olivers low fat caesars salad dressing
Adapted from Jamie Oliver, this is more like a green goddess dressing and is utterly delicious.
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
6 anchovy fillets
1Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp basil pesto (if you don’t have fresh basil)
1t Dijon Mustard
1Tbsp lemon juice
40g Parmesan cheese(or pecorino)
3 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Place all the above ingredients into a food processor or liquidizer and whiz it up until it is well combined.
Store in a sealed container in the fridge and use as required.
Use good quality mayo if you prefer or half may and half yogurt. Play around with the ratios to make your perfect dressing. Add a cup of baby spinach leaves to make it a green goddess
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** I often leave out the cheese to save more calories and it’s still great or substitutes with nutritional yeast.
Jamie Olivers Caesar salad recipe
Jamie is quite loose with his measurements, which I don’t mind at all, so I adapted my recipe based on his splash of this and spoon of that, and to my taste. I reduced the amount of lemon as it is very tangy.
Recipe | Adapted from Jamie Olivers 15 minute Meals | makes about 350 – 400ml
- 5T low fat / fat-free yoghurt – 100ml
- 1T red wine vinegar
- 8 anchovy fillets
- 1T Worcestershire sauce
- 1t Dijon Mustard (Jamie uses English – I prefer Dijon)
- a small handful of fresh basil leaves
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice (about 1 1/2 – 2 lemons)
- 50g Parmesan cheese (I used Pecorino)
- salt and pepper to taste
Follow the instructions above
* to see the recipe for my ‘action-packed’ Caesar’s salad with chicken and bacon, but with a classic dressing – clickity click over here.
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