It may be hard to believe it, but March is already half-gone. Interestingly enough, ancient Romans once had a particular day designated to mark exactly that occasion: the Ides Of March.

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The holiday was dedicated to settling debts and to religious observances, and also served to divide one part of the month from another—hence why it was always celebrated on March 15th!

However, the obsolete occasion is now most remembered for its inextricable link to the assassination of Julius Caesar. Both in the Shakespeare play Julius Caesar and in real life, March 15th was the day on which Caesar was infamously assassinated by a band of rebellious senators.

Of course, the historical Caesar had nothing to do with the invention of Caesar salad, despite widespread misconceptions to the contrary and the Roman statesman's conspicuous presence on the labels of certain commercial Caesar dressings—which you probably should be avoiding anyway due to the fact that they can run up to 100 calories per tablespoon!

It actually wasn't until almost 2,000 years after Julius Caesar's 44 BC demise that Caesar salad emerged. In 1924, it was impulsively created by the Italian immigrant Caesar Cardini at his eponymous Caesar's Restaurant in Tijuana, where he had settled to avoid prohibition.

At least according to Caesar's daughter, the story goes that Caesar was running low on ingredients one night. Instead of sending his customers home hungry, Caesar scrounged together a new "Caesar" salad and prepared it table-side.

The dish was an instant local hit, but it didn't really take off until Caesar moved to LA years later. There, a Hollywood screenwriter named Manny Wolfe started spreading the recipe to restaurants around town. Caesar salad was then further popularized by a promotion showcasing the dish at the famous Waldorf Astoria.

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A few other people working at Caesar's Restaurant have been rumored to have actually created the salad, such as Caesar's brother Alex; a young cook named Livio Santini; and a business partner of the Cardinis' named Paul Maggiora. However, Caesar's story is by far the most accepted one.

The original Caesar's Restaurant is still up and running in Tijuana if you ever happen to be on a coastal vacation. However, a less taxing way to get a taste of the Caesar salad that started it all is Cardini’s Original Caesar Dressing, which is still sold today.

While there are now countless variations on Caesar's salad lurking around, popular ingredients include romaine lettuce, olive oil, crushed garlic, salt, Dijon mustard, black pepper, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, anchovies, raw or coddled eggs, grated Parmesan cheese, and croutons.

However, though Caesar Salads at first glance may seem to be a healthy choice, some variations are anything but. Between that ominous dressing and other high-fat ingredients like oil, cheese, and butter-cooked croutons, the calories can easily add up.

Even most conventional Caesar salads are likely to contain between 300 and 500 calories, but many audacious restaurant versions can come in far higher. Examples include Carrabba's Caesar Salad (612), Hooters Chicken Caesar Salad (890),  Wendy’s Spicy Caesar Chicken Salad at  (720), and Cheesecake Factory's Caesar Salad with Chicken (1510).

To avoid these calamities, be sure to use plain chicken in your salad or another lean protein rather than even thinking about something "crispy." Then, you can get your crunch the healthy way by using our light garlic-flavored Melba toast croutons instead of greasier ones.

We'd also like to note that while on the 123Diet, you may use a very small amount of Worcestershire sauce, which is flavored with anchovies among many other ingredients. You cannot, however, use the anchovies themselves—but c'mon, are most of us really gonna miss them?

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One non-calorie related issue that can arise with Caesar salad is that some recipes call for raw egg yolks, including the Eggy Caesar Dressing recipe listed below. Unfortunately, raw eggs are sometimes exposed to harmful bacteria on their way out of the chicken which can only be destroyed by cooking.

While the risks are low for most healthy people, you should probably use another variation if you have a weakened immune system, another serious health condition, or are pregnant.

Then, there's our ingenious Caesar Dressing Dry Mix. Once you make it, you can store it in your fridge indefinitely, so all you'll need to do at salad time is take out a teaspoon to mix with the dairy of your choice.

If you tend to be more impulsive with your dressing-making or are in the mood for a weight loss boost, we also have the Superpowered Caesar Dressing, which harnesses not only metabolism-boosting chili flakes but known appetite suppressant apple cider vinegar!

Eggy Caesar Dressing

Eggy Caesar Dressing

This old-fashioned Caesar dressing recipe isn't afraid to be a little raw. Estimated nutritional value of 61 calories, 3.5 g fat, 106 mg cholesterol, 3.5g carbohydrate, .6 g fiber, 3.4g protein, and 1.7g sugar.

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook time
N/A
Yield
1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1/2 to 1 egg yolk, depending on other proteins in salad
  • 1 clove garlic
  • A pinch of powdered mustard

Directions
Mix all ingredients. Toss with salad and enjoy.

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Superpowered Caesar Dressing

Superpowered Caesar Dressing

Give your Caesar dressing some punch with this ingenious recipe! Estimated nutritional value of 20 calories, .4g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 2.2g carbohydrate, .9g fiber, 1.9g protein, and .9g sugar.

Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook time
N/A
Yield
1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp greek natural yoghurt
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • Sprinkle of chili flakes
  • Splash of apple cider vinegar

Directions
Mix all ingredients. Toss with salad and enjoy.

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Caesar Dressing Dry Mix

Caesar Dressing Dry Mix

Have the perfect dressing at hand with this Caesar Dressing Dry Mix! Estimated nutritional value of 108 calories, 4.3g fat, 6 mg cholesterol, 14.1 g carbohydrate, 5.6g fiber, 6.9g protein, and 1.4g sugar.

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook time
N/A
Yield
33 servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions
Mix 1 teaspoon of mix with 1 tbsp yogurt or sour cream. Store dry mix in a jar with lid in the fridge.

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