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Calabrian Caesar with Pretzel Croutons


Pretzel Croutons

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter

2 cups (1-inch) cubed pretzel bread or rolls

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


3 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon Calabrian chile paste

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


1 (6-ounce) head butter lettuce, washed, leaves separated

3 radishes, thinly sliced

1/4 cup chopped green onions

1/3 cup shaved Parmesan cheese

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add pretzel pieces; sprinkle with garlic powder and salt. Stir to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, 7-10 minutes or until pretzel cubes begin to crisp and turn golden brown. Remove from heat. Set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine all dressing ingredients in small bowl; whisk until smooth and well blended. (Dressing can also be made in mason jar; shake to combine.)

  3. STEP 3

    Layer lettuce leaves on serving dish. Top with radishes and green onions. Drizzle with dressing; top with pretzel croutons and Parmesan cheese.

Tip #1

Increase chile paste to 2 teaspoons if you like a spicier dressing.

Tip #2

Calabrian chile peppers are grown and harvested in Calabria, Italy, and are also known as pepperoncini. They mature from a lighter green to a deep red color and are quite spicy. When crushed and comined with oil and vinegar to form a paste, calabrian peppers add a touch of savory umami flavor. Look for it alongside other spicy pastes and sauces.

Nutrition (1 serving)

220 Calories
17 Fat (g)
30 Cholesterol (mg)
590 Sodium (mg)
11 Carbohydrates (g)
1 Dietary Fiber
5 Protein (g)
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