Model and mom-to-be Chrissy Teigen isn’t exactly known for her take on healthy food. But her new cookbook, Cravings: Recipes For All the Food You Want to Eat, has a few gems that shouldn’t go unnoticed among the “spicy, salty, crunchy, juicy, oozy” recipes in the book (like this cheesy tuna casserole her hubby John Legend made for her when she was sick).
Sandwiched between chapters called “Soupmaster” and “Noodles and Carbs” is a charming little chapter called “Salads (For When You Need Them).” That’s where Teigen places recipes including a cobb salad that “gets me more Instagram likes than my boobs” and a ramen salad that she discovered at a party for her niece’s baptism in Iowa that’s basically just Cup Noodles marinated in lemon juice and vinegar. “I CAN’T EXPRESS HOW HAPPY THIS SALAD MAKES ME,” she writes about that one.
This Sriracha Caesar is her spin on a dish that she’s had in every country she’s traveled to. “I feel confident in saying that the twist of spice makes this the best Caesar salad I have ever, ever had.” And, she tells us that “beautiful salads” tend to score tons of “likes” on her foodie Instagram. So, you should probably try this one:
Chrissy Teigen’s Sriracha Caesar Salad
Serves: 8 (serving size: 1 cup)
2 tbsp. olive oil
4 garlic cloves, grated
½ tsp. kosher salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
12 thin baguette slices
8 cups chopped baby romaine lettuce
1 cup halved or quartered cherry tomatoes
¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
Sriracha Caesar Dressing (recipe follows)
¼ cup shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (about 1 oz.)
1. Make the toast: Preheat oven to 350°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2. Stir together the oil, garlic, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Arrange the baguette slices in a single layer on prepared baking sheet, and brush with oil mixture.
3. Bake in preheated oven until browned and crisp, 11 to 12 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, assemble the salad: Arrange the lettuce, tomatoes, and onions on a platter, and drizzle with desired amount of dressing. Crumble garlic toast over salad, and top with the shaved cheese.
Active time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Sriracha Caesar Dressing
Makes: about 2 cups
1 ½ cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (about 6 oz.)
1 cup mayonnaise
4 garlic cloves, smashed
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. Sriracha chili sauce
1 ½ tsp. anchovy paste
1 ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
¼ tsp. kosher salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
¼ cup water
Process the cheese, mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice, Sriracha, anchovy paste, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add up to ¼ cup water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and process until desired consistency is reached. Chill until ready to use. The dressing will keep in the fridge for two weeks.
Active time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
For more exclusive info from Teigen, including two recipes from Cravings , pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE , on stands Friday.