There is always a perfection in the imperfections, which is the real beauty. This Classic Caesar Salad Recipe is a true testimony. Hail, all ye Salad dressers, onward with the great Caesar dressing, the tang of the sea, the wonder in stale bread, the leafy vegetables, and the tossing of it all!
What is a Caesar Salad?
A Classic world known Caesar Salad is a green salad of Romain Lettuce and croutons dressed with egg yolks, anchovies, garlic pods, Parmesan cheese and a few other complimenting elements.
Every element of the dressing adds up to the beautification of this classic.
What makes the dressing creamy and adds richness to the amalgamation are the egg yolks. The anchovies are the ones that carry the flavor of the sea, which in some recipes is replaced by Worcestershire sauce.
Why Caesar Salad?
The simplicity of this dish is what makes you love to create this, as well as enjoy the concoction of flavours.
The ingredients are fresh, and on the contrary, you get to turn your stale bread into a seasoned and toasted element in the dish.
The mixture of textures and tastes is what makes this salad refreshing and gratifying. Nothing beats the freshness in its ingredients and flavors.
How to make Caesar salad:
Ingredients For Caesar Salad:
To Make Caesar Dressing:
- Hearty Romaine is the perfect crispy choice, which conquers the dressing very well
- For the croutons, choose a bread that is preferably a day or two old; fresh bread will take longer to become golden brown
- Tearing the bread instead of slicing them, adds texture to the salad
- The trick in drizzling the oil drop by drop, is to avoid breaking of the dressing
- Grilling the vegetables (in this case, lettuce) always adds an awesome depth of flavour.
- Tossing the salad by hand is an advantage, for the leaves to be well dressed with the dressing.
- The original recipe is said to have not added anchovies. As the recipe passed on, anchovies have been included which has influenced the umami taste.
- Anchovies can be replaced by anchovy paste.
- Pasteurized eggs (the harmful bacteria are destroyed without cooking the inside of an egg) can replace raw eggs, to avoid risk of contamination.
- If not, you can simply exclude anchovies and egg yolks, as I have done so. Some of you may not prefer raw eggs, while it is also not advisable for children, pregnant women, the elderly, or anyone with health issues. So, to substitute the eggs, you can use yoghurt or mayonnaise.
- Adding grilled chicken or bacon, grilled salmon or shrimp are some of the variations to this recipe.
Now this is not that salad for those who need to cut down on their cholesterol and calories.
Having said that, there’s always that bright side for the diet conscious.
- Romain lettuce is a healthy choice, which is low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals
- Swap white bread with whole grain bread for the croutons, which is high in Vitamins, protein, fibre and minerals
- For the required protein, go for chicken
- Anchovies are rich fatty acids sources, providing omega-3 fats, that can aid the health of your heart
Alter your recipe, like considering the salt content, the amount of oil used, the need for buttering or oiling the croutons and the rich in fats Parmesan cheese.
How is a Caesar Salad served?
It is best to serve the salad immediately and it can also be used as a main course, as you please
How well ahead can you prepare a Caesar Salad?
1 day ahead
How long can a Caesar Salad be left outside at room temperature?
It is better to be refrigerated until ready to serve, if not the salad should not be kept longer than 2 hours
What are the other vegetables that you can use in place of Romain lettuce?
Green Lettuce, Iceberg lettuce, Butter Lettuce, Spinach, Spring greens
Can Caesar salad be vegan?
Going back to its origin, the salad did not have any anchovies. Skip the anchovies and chicken, and you can use a vegan Worcestershire sauce
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