Not in love with Greek yogurt based caesar dressing recipes? Try this 21 Day Fix approved version, you won’t be sorry!
Hi guys! If you read Friday’s post, you’d know that to say that this has been a crazy week would be a bit of an understatement. Because of this, today’s post is going to be short and sweet, hope you understand! With tons and tons and tons of research to do and things to plan, there isn’t a whole lot of time leftover for the blog. I’m sure as we start getting things set into place, it’ll get back to normal around here (until it gets closer to moving day, of course)!
Anyway, recently I was really craving a caesar salad and since I’ve seen plenty of 21 Day Fix caesar dressings floating around, I figured it would be no big deal to make my own. Most of them are pretty similar and are usually Greek yogurt based. Since trying a couple of different variations of this, I’d come to the realization that those versions just didn’t work for me. I’m not a huge fan of yogurt-based dressings to begin with, so maybe it’s just me, but I was REALLY wanting it. And I didn’t want it to taste good “for a healthy version,” I wanted it to taste damn delicious, no matter who you are. Period, end of story.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably already know that blending cottage cheese is one of my favorite healthy hacks and it really worked beautifully here. Adding just a little bit of olive oil gives it this amazing texture that reminds me of a slightly thinner homemade mayo. So. Freaking. Good. Also, I really hope you aren’t afraid to use the anchovies. I know, they seem kind of scary, but they are what make caesar dressing, caesar dressing. When everything gets blended together, you don’t even know they’re there, but the depth of flavor they give is pretty amazing. However, all of that being said, if I were afraid of the anchovies (or were allergic), I would still make this dressing, but increase the worcestershire to 1 tsp.
This pita pocket is my husband’s new favorite lunch and definitely a go-to for both of us, it really is pretty fantastic. Plus, it’s super convenient. The dressing makes a bunch of servings at once, so we can have that ready to go and we always have the rest of the ingredients on hand. I’m figuring a bunch of you guys are the same. Cooked, chopped chicken? Check. Parmesan Cheese? Check. Romaine? Check. Whole wheat pita pocket? Check.
As far as the temperature of the chicken goes, it really doesn’t matter much. I’ve had it with warm chicken and I’ve had it with cold and both ways were equally delicious. Hope you try this one out!!
If you make this recipe be sure to snap a pic and tag me @thefoodieandthefix on Instagram so I can check it out! It makes me ridiculously happy to see what you guys are making 🙂
Best-Ever Healthy Caesar Dressing
- 1/4 cup cottage cheese (1% or 2%)
- 1 Tbs plain Greek yogurt (1% or non-fat)
- 1/4 tsp minced garlic
- 1 1/2 Tbs lemon juice
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2-3 anchovy filets (3 if they're small), use a paper towel to try to pat most of the oil off
- 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
- some cracked black pepper if you like (I put about two cranks from my peppermill in)
Caesar Salad Pita Pocket
- 1/3 cup cooked and chopped chicken breast
- 1/2 cup (packed) of cleaned and chopped romaine
- 2 1/2 Tbs shredded parmesan cheese
- 2 Tbs Best-Ever Healthy Caesar Dressing
- additional black pepper (optional)
- 1/2 of a whole wheat pita pocket
To make the Caesar Dressing:
- Put all ingredients into a blender and buzz away for a couple of minutes or until it's super-smooth.
To make the pita pocket:
- In a bowl, mix together the chicken, romaine, parmesan, caesar dressing and black pepper if you're using. Stuff it into a pita and enjoy!
21 Day Fix Container Counts per Serving: Dressing: counts as an Orange (or you could count it as 2 tsp instead); Pita Pocket: 1/2 Yellow, 1/2 Red, 1/2 Green, 1/2 Blue, 1 Orange
Weight Watchers Freestyle Points:
- Dressing alone: 2 points
- Pita Pocket: 6 points
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