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Chipotle Caesar Salad with Spicy Croutons

A kicked up version of an old classic!  This salad uses store bought mayo with a few fresh ingredients but he croutons steal the show!

Course Dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5
487 kcal

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 heads of romaine lettuce - rinsed dried and torn into bite size
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1/2 cup black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup cojita cheese or feta
  • 1/2 cup roasted fresh corn uncooked corn removed from the cob will work as well

Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle - that has been finely minced or pureed in food processor
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice - about one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon anchovy paste - optional
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Spicy Croutons

  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Chipotle that has been finely minced or pureed in a food processor
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in microwave.
  3. Add chipotle, garlic powder, salt and pepper to melted butter.
  4. On large sheet pan, toss cubed ciabatta and melted butter mixture together.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges of croutons are nicely browned, turning once.
  6. Cool for 15 minutes before tossing with salad.
  7. Combine all dressing ingredients with a whisk.
  8. Taste for seasonings.
  9. Store in fridge until ready to use.
  10. Arrange salad ingredients in large bowl. Top with croutons and dressing and serve!
Nutrition Facts
Chipotle Caesar Salad with Spicy Croutons
Amount Per Serving
Calories 487 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 1048mg44%
Potassium 347mg10%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 1220IU24%
Vitamin C 6.2mg8%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.