Caesar-Style Salad with Crispy Parmesan Rounds

Caesar-Style Salad with Crispy Parmesan Rounds

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

This flavorful salad is simple enough for a weeknight meal yet special enough for entertaining.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • ½ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup 1-inch cubes whole grain baguette-style bread
  • 1 Olive oil nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ clove garlic, minced
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups torn romaine lettuce
  • Freshly ground black pepper (optional)


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  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Draw four 4-inch circles on the paper or foil, spacing circles at least 1 inch apart. In a small bowl, combine cheese and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Divide mixture among circles, spreading evenly to edges of circles.
  2. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and just beginning to brown on the edges. Cool on baking sheet. Carefully remove cheese rounds from parchment paper or foil.
  3. To prepare the croutons: Place bread cubes in a small skillet. Lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray. Turn cubes; lightly coat again with nonstick cooking spray. Cook over medium-high heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until bread is lightly toasted, tossing cubes occasionally.
  4. To prepare the dressing: In a small bowl. stir together mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic and ⅛ teaspoon pepper until well mixed. Divide romaine among salad plates.
  5. Drizzle with dressing; top with croutons and Parmesan rounds. If desired, sprinkle with additional pepper.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Per serving: 96 calories; 6 g fat(2 g sat); 2 g fiber; 7 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 78 mcg folate; 10 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 3,334 IU vitamin A; 15 mg vitamin C; 148 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 256 mg sodium; 159 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (67% daily value), Vitamin C (25% dv), Folate (20% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1 fat, 1 vegetable, ½ lean-protein

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