Caesar Salad Recipe

Caesar Salad Recipe

Caesar Salad Recipe

Classic Caesar Salad with crisp homemade croutons and a light caesar dressing – for when you want to impress your dinner guests.

My son, Luis, is to thank for this recipe. He is 9 years old and took kids cooking classes at Sur La Table where he learned and fell in love with this caesar salad recipe, so we re-created it at home together.

Caesar Salad Recipe Ingredients:

Caesar salad is easy, classic and the ingredients are simple. You’ll need:

  • 1 large or 2 small heads of romaine lettuce
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded or shaved
  • Crisp croutons – homemade can be made several days ahead. The recipe below makes enough for 2 salads.
  • Caesar salad dressing – homemade is best and here is our favorite store-bought dressing in a pinch

How to Make Croutons:

The crunchy homemade garlic croutons really elevate this salad, making it look and taste quite fancy. The cheese crusted onto each little toast will have you snacking on these croutons!

  • Cut the baguette in half lengthwise and slice it into 1/4″ thick pieces and place it on a baking sheet.
  • Combine 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil with minced garlic. toss bread with garlic-infused oil and 2 Tbsp parmesan.
  • Spread Evenly and Bake to desired crispness.

How to Make Caesar Salad Dressing:

The caesar salad dressing comes together so fast and all you need is a bowl and whisk. This Caesar dressing is light, healthy, and packs so much fresh flavor without needing much salt at all.

  • Whisk together minced garlic, dijon, Worcestershire, lemon juice, and red wine vinegar.
  • Whisking while adding oil emulsifies the dressing for a smooth and creamy (not oily) consistency.
  • Season with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste.

How to Make Caesar Salad:

In a large mixing bowl, combine all of your ingredients and toss gently to coat the lettuce in caesar dressing. This recipe makes enough croutons for two full salads so you’ll have them ready to go for round 2!

Cook’s tip: to get those lovely parmesan shavings, all you need is a block of parmesan and a potato peeler (Amazon affiliate link). It’s easy peasy!

 

Caesar Salad Recipe

Classic Caesar Salad with crisp homemade croutons and a light caesar salad dressing. 

For the Croutons:

  • 1/2 French Baguette cut in half and thinly sliced (1/4" thick)
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic 2 small cloves
  • 2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Caesar Salad dressing:

  • 2 small garlic cloves minced (1 tsp)
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper plus more to serve

For the Caesar Salad:

  • 1 large romaine lettuce (or 2 small heads romaine)
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese shredded or shaved

How to Make Croutons:

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Cut the baguette in half lengthwise through the top of the baguette then slice diagonally into 1/4" thick pieces. Place the breads onto a baking sheet.

  2. In a small bowl, combine 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil and 1 tsp of finely minced garlic. Drizzle the garlic oil over the croutons and sprinkle the top with 2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese.

  3. Toss until evenly coated. Spread in a single layer over the baking sheet and bake at 350˚F until light golden and crisp (10-12 minutes), or to desired crispness.

How to Make Caesar Salad Dressing:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, dijon, Worcestershire, lemon juice and red wine vinegar.

  2. Slowly drizzle in extra virgin olive oil while whisking constantly.

  3. Whisk in 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper, or season to taste.

How to Make Caesar Salad:

  1. Rinse, dry and chop or tear the romaine into bite-sized pieces. Place in a large serving bowl and sprinkle generously with shredded parmesan cheese and cooled croutons. Drizzle with caesar dressing and toss gently until lettuce is evenly coated.

Note on Nutrition Label – the croutons recipe makes enough for 2 full salads or 8 servings which is reflected in the “per serving” nutrition label. 

Salad, Side Dish
Italian
Caesar Salad, Caesar Salad Recipe

 

Nutrition Information

Caesar Salad Recipe

 

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