Crisp, Classic Caesar Salad


This crisp, classic caesar salad is the perfect side to your favorite pizza.

Caesar Salad
Caesar Salad

First, make the croutons. Cut a good rustic ciabatta (or Columbia from Essential Baking Company) into cubes, and toss it with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and bake on a sheet pan in a 350 oven until it’s golden – about 20 minutes.

Prep your romaine lettuce – wash it, tear it into bite size pieces, and put it in a bowl for tossing.

Caesar Salad Deconstructed
Caesar Salad Deconstructed

Make the dressing. Classically, you should do this in a mortar and pestle. We’re not terribly classic, so we use a Cuisinart. In your food processor, add one whole egg and a clove of garlic, 1 to 2 anchovies (depending on how much you love them), and the juice of 1 whole lemon. Start blending, and then slowly pour in good olive oil until the mixture begins to thicken – about 1/4 cup olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste, and about 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese. Give it a quick final few pulses, and voila. (Make sure to not whirl the dressing so much that you break it. This is why you add the oil slowly.)

Whirl the Dressing
Whirl the Dressing

Toss the dressing in the bowl with the salad, add another handful of grated parmesan cheese and your croutons, and serve. Another squeeze of lemon on the plate is always nice, too. We enjoyed this as a side salad to our Baked Butternut Squash Stuffed with Rice.

Caesar Salad
Caesar Salad

Make this a full dinner by adding sliced, bbq chicken breast on top.

Ingredients

  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 raw egg
  • 1 or 2 anchovies (depending on how much you love them)
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus a little more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 loaf of ciabatta or Columbia bread from Essential Baking Company
  • olive oil for making the croutons
  • salt and pepper

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14 thoughts on “Crisp, Classic Caesar Salad”

  1. I’ve been searching for the perfect Caesar salad recipe, and I think I’ve just found it! I will be making this for dinner tomorrow night. Thanks!!

  2. Update to my previous comment: I did make this salad for dinner on Friday night, and it was a home run!! The perfect Caesar salad recipe that I am adding to my salad repertoire. My kids, who discovered Caesar salad this summer when we took a trip to the US, loved it and are asking for more already. Thanks!!

  3. [My comment came out anonymous, so same comment without the mystery this time] Update to my previous comment: I did make this salad for dinner on Friday night, and it was a home run!! The perfect Caesar salad recipe that I am adding to my salad repertoire. My kids, who discovered Caesar salad this summer when we took a trip to the US, loved it and are asking for more already. Thanks!!

  4. I was told that the caesar dressing at Pizzicato has WAY more than 1 clove of garlic in it. Is this really their recipe? Thanks!

    1. Well, this is the recipe Melanie made back when she worked there. Considering that was rather a while ago, it could certainly be different now. Of course, they’re also making it at a pretty high volume, and this is just for an intimate salad gathering in your home.🙂

      1. Thanks, I’m totally going to try it – but they may have changed it some because now it’s mostly garlic cloves they tell me, haha🙂

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