How To Make Healthy Salmon and Caesar Salad

How To Make Healthy Salmon and Caesar Salad
How To Make Healthy Salmon and 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 flavourful Parmigiano-Reggiano shaves calories and sodium too.


  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 (5 ounces) skinless salmon fillets (see Tip)
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper, divided
  • ⅛ 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


  • Step 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.
  • Step 2 Whisk buttermilk, yogurt, cheese, lemon juice, Worcestershire, garlic, mustard and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of 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.
  • Step 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

Serving Size: 4 Oz. Salmon & 2 Cups SaladPer Serving:291 calories; protein 34.8g 70% DV; carbohydrates 7.8g 3% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 1.3g 5% DV; sugars 4.3g; fat 12.8g 20% DV; saturated fat 3.4g 17% DV; cholesterol 73mg 24% DV; vitamin a iu 2281.3IU 46% DV; vitamin c 25.8mg 43% DV; folate 39.8mcg 10% DV; calcium 242.1mg 24% DV; iron 2.1mg 12% DV; magnesium 56mg 20% DV; potassium 737.6mg 21% DV; sodium 575.3mg 23% DV.

1 Response

  1. suterekin says:

    A meal in itself