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Calabrian Caesar with Pretzel Croutons
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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.

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