Caesar Salad is a well-known classic salad found on just about every restaurant menu. And as a self-proclaimed aficionado on Caesar salad, this recipe has all the things we love about this classic dish - the cheese, the crunch, and the creamy dressing - without all the calories! I create the dressing by blending Greek yogurt and avocado, it’s full of the “good for you fats” and tastes so great that you won’t miss them! Romaine lettuce is a must in this salad, and grilling it first adds a rich, smoky flavor that takes this salad over the top! Charred corn, peppers, and black beans create an ultimate Caesar salad packed with fiber, nutrients, protein – and spicy Mexican flavor. My healthy tip: the more colors on your plate, the better you are eating. So make your plate pretty!
Preheat grill pan to high.
In a small bowl, mix oil, chili powder, and garlic powder.
Lightly brush both sides of romaine lettuce.
Place lettuce cut side down on grill for 1-2 minutes each side until grill marks are present.
Remove from grill and set aside.
In a bowl, combine black beans, corn, red bell pepper, and chili oil used previously on lettuce.
Season with salt and pepper.
Blend dressing ingredients together in a blender or food processor until smooth and creamy.
To assemble salad, place grilled romaine lettuce on a plate, spoon over vegetables, drizzle with dressing, and top with pepitas and crumbled cotija cheese.
Serving Size 1 salad