Super-Green, Caesar-Style Salad (Gluten Free)

This is an gluten-free, Caesar-style salad made with dark, organic “super” greens that include red and green versions of romaine and oak lettuces, Swiss chard, beet greens, baby kale and collards, plus other emerald- and burgundy-hued greens. We’ve come a long way from iceberg lettuce. These days, even the staunchest carnivore (in my experience) will dine on a variety of lettuces and salad greens without objection.

As we learn more about the benefits of anti-oxidants, it seems we’re more open to a wider variety of vegetables that, at one time, were barely available outside of a food co-op or local farm. Thank goodness that salads (and we) have evolved. The Caesar salad is a favorite of mine, but I omit the raw egg yolk from my recipe. Instead, I dress the salad with Litehouse Foods’ creamy new dressing, OPA Greek Yogurt Caesar Dressing.

 Preparing Croutons


I’ve recently started making my own gluten-free, low-sodium croutons, because the wider availability of gluten-free sandwich bread gives me no excuse not to do so. If you’ve never tried making croutons, it’s fun to involve children in the process. Flavoring sliced squares of bread for croutons is effortless with a handful of Litehouse Instantly Fresh Italian Herb Blend. The flavors of basil, oregano, garlic, red onion, and other spices are a delicious blend for homemade croutons. Topping the salad with shaved Parmesan and fresh, minced garlic adds another layer of flavor, as does one of the creamiest yogurt-based dressings available: OPA Greek Yogurt Caesar Dressing.

In 2014, try adding more deep-green and red-green lettuces and baby greens to your salad plate at each meal. Dress your salad with the nutty taste of gluten-free croutons and other healthy, flavorful toppings, and serve Litehouse Foods’ OPA Greek Yogurt Dressings for any salad that piques your desire or imagination.

Super-Green Caesar-Style Salad

Serves 4 | Finish in 25 minutes

A variety of dark, organic greens, gluten-free croutons, shaved parmesan and minced garlic, along with Litehouse’s OPA Greek-Style Yogurt Caesar Dressing, creates a super healthy, super tasty salad.


6 slices gluten-free bread slices

 2 Tbsps. olive oil

1 ½ tablespoon Instantly Fresh Italian Herb Blend

 ¼ tsp. Kosher salt

 5 ounces lettuce mix including various dark-green lettuce spinach baby kale and other dark greens washed and spun dry

 1 clove garlic smashed and minced
 2 ounces shaved Parmesan cheese

Cracked pepper (to taste)

4-6 tsp. Litehouse OPA Greek-Style Yogurt Caesar Dressing,


1. For Croutons: pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

  • Cut away crusts from each slice of bread then slice into one-inch squares.
  • Place bread squares onto baking sheet or in pie pan and cover with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle bread with Instantly Fresh Italian Herb Blend and salt; toss bread in pan to coat with spices and salt.
  •  Place pan in oven and bake bread for 15 minutes crispy and browned.

2. In salad serving bowl, arrange greens and croutons in bowl.

  •  Topic with minced garlic, shaved cheese, and black pepper.

3. Serve salad with Litehouse OPA Greek-Style Caesar Dressing adding or offer the dressing on the side.

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