Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Avoid this recipe if you are lactose intolerant.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce, as sold in the United States, is gluten-free.


"A well-made salad must have a certain uniformity; it should make perfect sense for those ingredients to share a bowl."
-Yotam Ottolenghi, Chef

The refrigerator light goes on...

This technique of using white beans in salad dressings is one introduced to me by a colleague. It works really well, giving a smooth and creamy feel to the dressing and adding a lot of fiber.

This dressing offers a creaminess but with the addition of lime juice and cayenne a bit of additional zing that is great for Southwestern- and Hispanic-flavored recipes.

Dry Those Salad Greens

Make sure that your salad greens are dry, dry, dry before tossing the dressing with the them. If they are damp the dressing won’t stick as well and you will have to use more. Usually 2 tablespoons of a well made dressing (one that is well emulsified) is enough if the greens are dry. A salad spinner is the key to drying lettuce and a must have in any kitchen.


South of the Border Caesar Dressing

Servings = 12 | Serving size =about 1/4 cup

Cooking Time = 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4.

Keep this dressing in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator and it will last a week or so. Note that assembly time does not include chilling time.

6 cloves garlic (minced)
3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano (grated)
1/4 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1 15 ounce can no salt added white beans (drained and rinsed)
1/2 tsp lime zest
1 lime (juiced)
1 cup nonfat yogurt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Place the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, parmesan, salt, pepper, white beans, lime zest, lime juice, yogurt, and cayenne pepper in a blender or mini chopper and puree until smooth.

Chill well before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = about 1/4 cup

Servings = 12


Amount Per Serving

Calories 83 Calories from Fat 20
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 2g 4%
    Saturated Fat 1g 6%
    Monounsaturated Fat 1g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 220mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 4%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 6%
    Sugars 1g  
Protein 6g  
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 7%
Calcium 17% Iron 7%
Vitamin K 1 mcg Potassium 239 mg
Magnesium 22 mg