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Grilled Veggie Caesar with Sourdough Croutons

By Whole Foods Market

Serves 4 to 6

Grilled veggies add flavor and substance to this popular salad. It makes a wonderful light meal on its own, or serve it alongside a simple main course such as grilled fish or chicken.


  • 2 bell peppers (any colors), quartered

  • 1 small eggplant, cut into 3/4-inch-thick rounds

  • 1 small zucchini, cut lengthwise into 3/4-inch-thick slices

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided

  • 2 large slices sourdough bread

  • 2 cloves garlic, divided

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise

  • 3 anchovies, finely chopped (optional)

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided

  • 8 cups sliced romaine lettuce (from about 1 large head)



Prepare grill for medium-high-heat cooking. Drizzle bell peppers, eggplant and zucchini with 2 teaspoons oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Grill the vegetables, turning frequently, until browned and tender, about 8 minutes. Set aside. Brush bread slices on both sides with 1 teaspoon oil and grill until browned, about 1 minute on each side. Split one garlic cloves and use it to rub bread slices all over; discard garlic. Cut grilled bread into cubes and set aside.

Meanwhile, finely chop remaining garlic clove and place it in a large bowl. Add lemon juice, mayonnaise, anchovies (if using), pepper, remaining 2 tablespoons oil and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt to bowl and whisk until combined. Whisk in Parmesan. Add lettuce and toss until combined. Chop vegetables into bite-size pieces and toss with lettuce. Sprinkle salad with remaining 1 tablespoon Parmesan and croutons.

Nutritional Info:

Per Serving: 270 calories (100 from fat), 11g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 650mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (7g dietary fiber, 7g sugar), 10g protein