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Caesar Salad with Spicy Shrimp


Using light mayonnaise and lime juice in the dressing considerably reduces the calories and fat in this salad. Chili powder adds spice to the shrimp. This recipe is featured in the "Everyday Food: Light" book.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2004


  • 4 corn tortillas (5-inch)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3/4 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 4 anchovy fillets, rinsed and minced
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce (1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place tortillas on a baking sheet. Brush both sides with 1 teaspoon oil; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, and season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden brown and crisp, turning once, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool, then break into pieces.

  2. Heat broiler. In a large bowl, toss shrimp with remaining teaspoon each oil and chili powder. Season with salt and pepper. Lay shrimp flat on a broiler pan, and cook until browned and opaque throughout, turning once, 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, lime juice, Parmesan, anchovies, and up to 2 tablespoons water. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. To serve, toss lettuce with dressing. Divide among plates, and top each with shrimp and broken tortillas. Garnish with more Parmesan.

Cook's Notes

Add crunch to your salad: we topped the salad with seasoned baked corn tortillas instead of the usual croutons made from bread.

Reviews Add a comment

  • MirToni
    8 JUL, 2014
    Simple, easy and fresh! Tortillas and shrimp were made as directed but we had bottled Light Caesar dressing on hand so it was used instead. Already made this recipe few times. Delicious!
  • ADweddings
    19 JAN, 2012
    simple and delicious
  • wtpooh44
    28 AUG, 2010
    For those of us not as tech savy as oldestgal, it would be nice to have the nutrition info included. Just saying...
  • oldestgal
    27 AUG, 2010
    OK - is it SO HARD TO FIGURE OUT THE NUTRITIONAL INFO YOURSELF? There are lots of resources on the web to do this... I'm interested in what people have to say about the TASTE. Just sayin....
  • nitabita
    30 JUL, 2008
    i would like to see the nutritional facts as well-my doctor has advised me to cut out the salt from my diet. thanx!
  • HeatherA
    23 JUL, 2008
    When saying a lighter version does this take into play salt and fat content. A print out of the nutrition facts would be great at the end of each selection.
  • shansen10
    7 MAY, 2008
    I add my voice to those who would like to see the nutritional information. Thanks :)
  • treecia
    27 FEB, 2008
    fourteen here! need simpler intructions yo. and btw if u dont have those type of ermm utensil than what can u use in subsitude of that
  • krystadesigns
    27 JAN, 2008
    For those who want the nutritional value for this recipe, I found it in my hard copy collection of Everyday Food, Issue 9. It's 282 cal. per serving; 12.6 g. of fat; 23.6 g. of protein; 18.6 g. of carbs; 4.3 g. of fiber. Instead of light mayo, you could also try soy mayo. Enjoy!
  • kclauhs
    17 JAN, 2008
    This is 5 points if you use fat free mayo!