Simple Mock Caesar Salad Recipe
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Simple Mock Caesar Salad Recipe

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"I first tried this simple salad at a dinner party," recalls Carol Bland, Banning, California. "The hostess wouldn't part with her secret recipe, so I experimented until I perfected the thick Parmesan-and-garlic dressing myself."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 7 cups torn romaine

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 108 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 89 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a blender, combine the vinegar, cheese and garlic powder; cover and process until combined. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream.
  2. Place romaine in a salad bowl; drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Mock Caesar Salad in Quick Cooking July/August 2002, p8

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Reviewed Jun. 12, 2015

"If you're in a major hurry or hate to stand in the kitchen, this version is a good choice! I have made it a number of times over the years and it's well-accepted. If you feel like it, add whatever else you want. As is, it's lightening fast!"

Reviewed Jul. 23, 2014

"This was delicious. I could not tell the difference between traditional ceasar salad. I blended the dressing in my Vitamix blender between speed 1~5. The apple cider vinegar really took the place of the lemon juice well. I added peeled chopped cucumbers and Trader Joes croutons. TY"

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2010

"This was so easy and tasted great. I'm making it again today and will forget about buying bottled dressing. Will just add some croutons for the perfect salad."

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