Do you miss Caesar salad? Like REALLY miss it? Perfect! Then this healthy chicken Caesar pasta salad is for you!
As a professional in the nutrition field, one of the scariest things a client can tell us is that they eat salad everyday at the salad bar or that they pack their own for lunch. Now, you may think, “But Angelique! That sounds like a great healthy habit!”
While eating a salad everyday can be beneficial for your body, more often than not, they’re actually a health-goal disaster.
While the salad itself is not dangerous, the dressing poured on to the salad contains hidden calories. Almost all store-bought dressings and dressing available at salad bars (even the lite ones) are high in calories, saturated fat, sugar and sodium.
As a result, this can turn a beautifully healthy bowl of veggies and healthy protein can turn into a calorie nightmare. Furthermore, the average person puts about 5 tablespoons of dressing on their salad.
Let’s compare the store-bought versions to my homemade Caesar dressing.
|Total Fat||13.7 grams||40.0 grams||17.1 grams|
|Saturated Fat||3.0 grams||37.5 grams||3.0 grams|
|Cholesterol||14 mg||13 mg||0 mg|
|Sodium||387 mg||1125 mg||1, 539 mg|
|Potassium||14 mg||0 grams||0 grams|
|Carbs||8.6 grams||2.5 grams||8.6 grams|
|Fiber||0.4 grams||0 grams||0 grams|
|Sugar||1.5 grams||2.5 grams||5.7 grams|
|Protein||7.9 grams||2.5 grams||2.9 grams|
As you can see, there is a huge-difference in store-bought dressings and homemade ones. Even the lite dressing is almost the same amount of calories and has 4x the amount of sodium! In addition, the saturated fat in regular store-bought Caesar dressing is out of this world! That’s more than double your saturated fat per day!
That’s what makes this healthy chicken Caesar pasta salad so special. This homemade dressing keeps the sodium, fat, sugar and calories down while still providing you with protein. The added protein will help fill you up until you can get to a snack or eat dinner when you get home from work.
The nutritional information below the recipe is for four equal servings of salad including the dressing. If you want to make a large batch and have some for the rest of the week, you can store the salad without the dressing in a large container and keep the dressing separate in the refrigerator. The dressing will keep for about 5 to 7 days.
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