Classic Caesar Salad

The other day I wanted to put a salad on the table. At first, I thought I would go with a standard green leaf, and mixture of raw vegetables so that the kids could chose from, but then I decided that I would quickly make a classic caesar salad, and see if they would nibble. My kids aren’t fish, but often times, when I lay the bait, and in this case, the bait being some really great croutons, I thought they would make an attempt at the dressed lettuce.

Class Caesar Salad Recipe

No luck on my kids pulling in the dressed greens, but man, I did it right on the caesar salad. I’ve been watching people make caesar salads throughout my life, and in particular in restaurants and market places to see how they really go about making one. A couple of key ingredients I realized are egg yolks and anchovies. Yes, anchovies, and trust me, there is nothing wrong with the ingredient of anchovies. In fact, I will admit, that anchovies rock.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 head of Romaine lettuce, a few outer leaves, and more of the hearts, cleaned and torn into pieces
  • 1/2 good baguette, cut into large cubes
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 oz anchovy filets
  • 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup of grated parmesan or romano cheese

Begin by preheating your oven to 425 degrees. Take the cubed bread and toss it with the butter, olive oil, chili powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper.  Make sure the bread gets a little bit of everything. Place on a baking sheet and cook for about 11-13 minutes, or until light golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool. Please note that these croutons alone are very addicting. You might want to make another batch just for snacking on.

Class Caesar Salad Ingredients

Next, to a mortar and pestle, or if you do not have one, to a bowl, add in the garlic and anchovies. Mash into a paste, then add in the remaining black pepper, dijon, egg yolk, lemon juice, and worcestershire sauce. Mix well, then get your whisk out, and slowly drizzle in the olive oil, continuing to whisk until you have a great dressing.

Add the lettuce to a large bowl, add the dressing, croutons, and mix well. Grate the parmesan or romano cheese over the top, and mix again.

Serve immediately. As I lost in terms of my kids not eating the lettuce, I won in terms of satisfying my desires on such a classic salad. Simple, satisfying, and delicious.  I might have to bag up the croutons and sell them. Enjoy.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

3 thoughts to “Classic Caesar Salad”

  1. I’m totally sold and I think you’ve convinced me to try making this one myself, instead of relying on the premade dressing. Anchovies, here I come. 🙂

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