the best + unique caesar salad recipe

the best caesar salad recipe

This is the best caesar salad recipe I’ve ever thrown together.  Inspired by a salad I ate in North Carolina, this is an unexpected blend of flavors that is going to wow anyone who is craving a unique caesar salad. 

how do I spice up a caesar salad

If this is your question, I’ve got your answer.  This recipe is a deliciously creative way to spice up your caesar salad!  There’s blue cheese crumbles, toasted walnuts, dried cranberries, a pinch of kosher salt, and freshly cracked pepper.  What’s not to love?!

the best caesar salad recipe

I know it may sound weird, but if you like Caesar dressing and blue cheese … YOU NEED TO TRY THIS.  I was super skeptical when I first had it, but now I’m hooked.  There’s sweetness from the cranberries, and crunchiness from the walnuts.  The savory Caesar dressing and funky blue cheese go surprisingly well together, too.  It’s just such a complete package.

the best caesar salad recipe

I 1,000% recommend making this greek yogurt caesar dressing from the blog.  It’s got a touch of mayo in it, and it’s loaded with the other caesar flavors.  (Think anchovy, lemon, parmesan, etc.)  It’s really easy to make, and the greek yogurt makes it more guilt-free than your typical caesar salad dressing!

the best caesar salad recipe

Make a huge salad for Thanksgiving, and I bet it’ll be gone before anything else.  You can also make a large salad to share on date night at home!  It would be SO good with some pasta and red sauce, or cacio e pepe pasta, or even this cheesy gnocchi bake!

Please tag me ASAP on Instagram when you make this!  And I definitely want to know what you think of it, too!  Email me directly with any questions you may have!

Happy eating!

<3    Sara

the best caesar salad recipe
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5 from 8 votes

the best caesar salad recipe

lightened up caesar dressing, creamy blue cheese crumbles, crunchy walnuts, and sweet dried cranberries make this flavor explosion of a salad.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caesar salad
Servings: 2 large salads
Calories: 392kcal
Author: sara a.
Cost: $5


  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 4 cups romaine, chopped
  • 4-6 Tbsp. greek yogurt caesar adjust this amount to your preference!
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • pinch flaky sea salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper


  • Toss the chopped spinach and romaine with the greek yogurt caesar dressing.
  • Divide the salad between two bowls, and divide remaining toppings between the two salads. Finish each salad with a pinch of flaky sea salt, and a touch of freshly cracked black pepper.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 3cups | Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 8.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.7g | Cholesterol: 25.5mg | Sodium: 7.5mg | Potassium: 600.5mg | Fiber: 5.5g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 8529IU | Vitamin C: 22.5mg | Calcium: 234mg | Iron: 1.7mg
the best + unique caesar salad recipe

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  1. Reply

    One of goal this year of 2020 is to be healthy and to eat healthy food and a good salad is always included on my diet list.
    I will definitely try making this delicious salad recipe.

    • Ben
    • March 26, 2020

    5 stars
    That looks delicious. I love a good salad. I’ve gotten very bored with the same old boring salad all the time, so I’m continually looking for new recipes. This one looks tasty.

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Ben! I hope you get a chance to try it soon!

  2. Reply

    5 stars
    This is simply beautiful and so delicious! I never thought of adding cranberries to a caesar salar, but now I must try it! Thanks for sharing.

      • Sara Alvord
      • March 26, 2020

      Thank you so much, Paula! I totally agree – cranberries seemed so odd, but they worked SO well! I love it!

  3. Reply

    I have been very hesitant when it comes to blue cheese in the past but there are some mild blues that I can tolerate. They would go very nicely with the cranberries and walnuts.

  4. 5 stars
    You are so right! With blue cheese crumbles, toasted walnuts, and dried cranberries, what’s not to love? It also looks pretty with all those additions and different colors. Not to mention, a very nutritious caesar salad!

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Loreto and Nicoletta!!

  5. Reply

    5 stars
    Oh my, now THAT is a caesar salad! Love the idea of the spinach – I would never have thought to add that. And the extra crunch from the walnuts pairs amazing with the chewy, sweetness of the cranberries!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Aleta! And I LOVE the addition of nutritious spinach in this salad! The crunch, chewiness and sweetness is just an awesome texture bomb that I can’t pass up, too!

  6. Reply

    Always love salads and this one looks simple and delicious!
    Love the combo of green, cheese and walnuts, they all are some of my favorite ingredients. I bet one can replace blue cheese with brie or camembert 🙂

    • Natalie
    • March 30, 2020

    5 stars
    Looks so refreshing and so healthy. I love that you added blue cheese. I must make this asap.

    1. Reply

      I hope you do make it soon, Natalie! It’s so delicious!

    • Igor
    • March 30, 2020

    I love the idea of adding blue cheese to Caesar! The salad looks super inviting 🙂

    • Jacque Hastert
    • March 31, 2020

    5 stars
    This sounds like a salad I could eat every single day! I am loving everything about this.

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Jacque! It is definitely a salad I could eat everyday! Just throw in some grilled chicken, and you can easily make it a meal.

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