Caesar Salad Recipe with Caesar Dressing

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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!

 Caesar salad served in the bowl with croutons

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:

Romaine lettuce, bread, and sauce ingredients are taken in small glass bowls.
These all the ingredients to make Caesar salad.
Cubed bread placed on the black baking tray
Cut your bread into cubes and place them on the baking tray. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic, a pinch of pepper and salt. Toss the bread cubes. Spread the bread cubes on a single layer.
Croutons are in the black baking tray.
Grill on the preheated oven 350 degrees F/ 180 degrees C for 10 to 12 minutes.

To Make Caesar Dressing: 

Djon mustard, garlic, olive oil are in a small mixing bowl.
To a small mixing bowl, add minced garlic, dijon mustard, Worchester sauce, vinegar, lemon juice, pepper, and salt.
The Caesar salad dressing is in a small white bowl is being mixed using a red spatula
Mix them well.
Caesar salad dressing recipe is in a small bowl is being mixed using a red spatula.
Now, slowly add olive oil whisking the sauce, you get a creamy Caesar salad dressing.
Chopped Romain lettuce is on a glass serving bowl
Wash and chop Romaine Lettuce.
The caesar dressing from the glass bowl is being added to the lettuce in a grey bowl.
Pour in the Caesar salad dressing
Capers are in a small glass bowl is being added to the Ceaser salad recipe.
Add capers, Toss gently.

Caesar salad recipe is served on a glass bowl and topped with garlic croutons.

Expert Tips

  1. Hearty Romaine is the perfect crispy choice, which conquers the dressing very well
  2. For the croutons, choose a bread that is preferably a day or two old; fresh bread will take longer to become golden brown
  3. Tearing the bread instead of slicing them, adds texture to the salad
  4. The trick in drizzling the oil drop by drop, is to avoid breaking of the dressing
  5. Grilling the vegetables (in this case, lettuce) always adds an awesome depth of flavour.
  6. Tossing the salad by hand is an advantage, for the leaves to be well dressed with the dressing.

Note

  1. 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.
  2. Anchovies can be replaced by anchovy paste.
  3. Pasteurized eggs (the harmful bacteria are destroyed without cooking the inside of an egg) can replace raw eggs, to avoid risk of contamination.
  4. 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.
  5. Adding grilled chicken or bacon, grilled salmon or shrimp are some of the variations to this recipe.

Health Benefits

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.

FAQ

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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Caesar Salad Recipe Caesar Dressing


  • Author: Nithya Narasimhan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This Classic Caesar Salad is a true testimony. Hail, all ye Salad dressers, onward with the great Caesar dressing


Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 Romaine Lettuce leaf 
  • 5 capers (optional) 

 

To make Garlic Croutons: 

 

  • 3 bread slices
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic (minced) 
  • 1/3 teaspoon black pepper powder 
  • 1/3 teaspoon of salt 

To make Caesar salad Dressing: 

 

  • 1 teaspoon garlic (minced) 
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worchester sauce 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar 
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice 
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried basil (option) 
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil 

Instructions

 To make Garlic Croutons: 

 

  1. Cut your bread into cubes and place them on the baking tray. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic, a pinch of pepper and salt. Toss the bread cubes. Spread the bread cubes on a single layer. 
  2. Grill on the preheated oven 350 degrees F/ 180 degrees C for 10 to 12 minutes. 
  3. You get crispy garlic Croutons. 

 Prepare Romaine Lettice. 

 

  1. Wash romaine lettuce a couple of times gently on cold running water, chop them for a bite sized lettuce or simply you can tear off, add to a serving bowl, and set aside. 

 

 Let’s make a salad Dressing: 

 

  1. To a small bowl add all the salad dressing ingredients except oil. Mix them well to combine. 
  2. Now, slowly add olive oil whisking the sauce, keep whisking for a few seconds, you will get a creamy Caesar salad dressing. Check for salt now. If anything you want to add to get the taste you want. 

 

Assemble: 

 

  1. Slowly add the Caesar dressing to romaine lettuce. Sprinkle capers and garlic croutons. Toss the salad and serve. 

 

Notes

  • 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
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: caesar salad, Caesar salad recipe, caesar dressing

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