This light Mexican Caesar salad is a new weekly addition in my home. So easy and SO GOOD! Everyone loves it. So easy to love.
I can’t get enough of the creamy Jalapeño Avocado dressing and manage to put it on everything and anything. Not just this light Mexican Caesar salad. Even if it sounds like the wrong flavor profile. It’s not. It’s always right. Trust me.
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Creamy Jalapeño Avocado Dressing
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Ok it’s not really caesar at all. No, there’s no anchovies. Don’t test my Caesar knowledge. The truth is, I set out to experiment with a lighter homemade buttermilk ranch, but was disappointed. So I added avocado, much better… then the cotija and herbs, and died. Heaven. DO NOT skip the cotija. Or avocado. Or herbs. Ok just follow the recipe mmkay? And then once it was tossed all cheesy and simple it just FELT Caesar. Go with it.
What’s in the creamy Jalapeño Avocado dressing?
- Reduced fat buttermilk
- Non fat greek yogurt
- Cotija cheese
- Garlic and spices
- Jalapeño (but no it’s not spicy!)
- Cilantro (or parsley if cilantro tastes like soap to you!)
- Green onions
You just throw it all in the blender and give it a whirl! Those recipes are my FAVE. I use my Ninja IQ because you know I’m obsessed with it. (Amazon affiliate link.) Ever since I bought it for my nightly shake, I haven’t pulled my Vitamix out ONCE. Not once.
Ok maybe once for the kids if I needed a huge smoothie. MAYBE. But I’d almost rather have to make two smoothies… IT’S TRUE. Obsessed. Just so much smaller and cleaner… and it blends so fast and smooth. It’s super loud (that’s true).. but now that I’ve gotten used to the consistency of things in there, I can’t go back. Rambling on about a blender ONLY because that’s the only blender I’ve used for this dressing so that’s the one I can assure you will recreate this heavenly concoction that costs you like NO MACROS.
Ok but I’m sure it’ll be great in your blender too!
How to make the Light Mexican Caesar Salad
Ok so once the dressing is done, this is the world’s easiest salad. Toss in with a huge bowl of chopped romaine, some pepitas, and more cotija. DONE. Even kids like this one.
What to Serve with a Light Mexican Caesar Salad
- Chicken, shrimp, or salmon! We love it with the blackened salmon from this recipe.
- As a side to tacos, enchiladas, or anything Mexican!
- But I won’t judge you if you eat it wrong. I’ve been using this dressing on grain bowls, grilled meat, in my crunch wraps. We’ve dipped taquitos and quesadillas in it. My new fave.
Obviously this is one of our favorite combos though. Blackened salmon on a huge bowl of Mexican Caesar. Perfect and so light, healthy, and satisfying. Plenty of room for the good fat in salmon since there’s so LITTLE in the dressing.
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