Salmon Caesar Salad

This easy Caesar salad subs creamy Greek yogurt and buttermilk for the traditional egg yolks and olive oil and mixes in mildly bitter radicchio in addition to classic romaine. Using just a small amount of flavorful Parmigiano-Reggiano shaves calories and sodium too.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 (5 ounce) skinless salmon fillets (see Tip)

  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • teaspoon salt plus 1/2 teaspoon, divided

  • ½ cup buttermilk

  • ¼ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

  • ¼ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon grated garlic

  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 5 cups chopped romaine lettuce

  • 3 cups chopped radicchio

  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil, plus more for garnish

  • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon


  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Sprinkle salmon with 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Add the salmon to the pan and cook until golden brown and flakes easily with a fork, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and break into large chunks.

  2. Whisk buttermilk, yogurt, cheese, lemon juice, Worcestershire, garlic, mustard and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon each pepper and salt in a large bowl until well blended. Reserve 1/4 cup of the dressing in a small bowl. Add lettuce, radicchio, basil and tarragon to the large bowl and toss to coat.

  3. Arrange the salad on a platter and top with the salmon. Serve topped with the reserved 1/4 cup dressing and more basil, if desired.


Tip: Most salmon at the market is farmed and many of those farms use problematic practices. Check labels for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council logo or use Seafood Watch's app for the best farmed choices. Wild Pacific salmon is also a great option: most come from well-managed fisheries.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

291 Calories
13g Fat
8g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 291
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 35g 70%
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Vitamin A 2281IU 46%
Vitamin C 26mg 29%
Folate 40mcg 10%
Sodium 575mg 25%
Calcium 242mg 19%
Iron 2mg 12%
Magnesium 56mg 13%
Potassium 738mg 16%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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