Caesar Salad Boats

Caesar salad tucked into an endive leaf turns salad into a finger food.

Caesar Salad Boats

Caesar Salad Boats

by Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime


This recipe is just wonderful. I love being able to just pick up my salad with my hands and pop it into my mouth.

I can imagine the possibilities: a much healthier kind of appetizer for parties, or at potlucks and cookouts, place the lettuce boats on a chilled tray over a bed of ice for something completely different.

I call for a Caesar type dressing in this: you can use bottled dressing from the market. The Marie’s brand I find to be acceptable. Or you can use a traditional recipe for the dressing. I don’t have the one totally from scratch posted yet, but I do have a cheater’s quick method of making Caesar dressing which uses a ready-made mayonnaise base. You can make that in just a few minutes with very little effort. I will provide the recipe for that beneath the boats recipe so if you need both recipes, don’t forget to print both of them out.

And making your own croutons is really quite simple- cut cubes of stale baguette French bread, brush it with olive oil or melted butter, sprinkle with seasonings if you like, and bake in a low oven until they get golden and crispy. Much better than the hard rocks they sell at the market labeled “croutons”. Actually, making them is quite similar to making melba toasts or bagel chips and I do have a recipe up for those that you can use as a point of reference. You can check it out here:

Palatable Pantry’s Homemade Bagel Chips

Caesar Salad Boats

  • Servings: 3
  • Time: 15mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Per Serving: 4  WW SmartPoints

Caesar Salad Boats


  • 1 small head endive lettuce
  • 3 tablespoons Caesar salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup toasted croutons


  1. Sepearate out 6 of the largest leaves of endive; chop the rest.
  2. Toss the chopped endive with the Caesar dressing, Parmesan, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Fill endive leaves with chopped mixture and garnish with croutons.

Quick and Simple Caesar Salad Dressing

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Time: 15mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Quick and Simple Caesar Salad Dressing


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • White pepper, to taste


  1. Whisk together dressing ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Toss lettuce with desired amount of dressing.
  3. Sprinkle with croutons or almonds and top with extra parmesan if desired.
  4. Refrigerate unused dressing tightly covered and use within one week.

Caesar Salad Boats

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