Classic Caesar Salad

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The most epic, classic caesar salad recipe made with homemade dressing! Hands down my favorite salad is THIS and in its most classic form; crispy croutons, a creamy dressing tossed with parmesan and crisp romaine – nothing better. Make it a meal with protein of your choice: crispy tofu, salmon, shrimp or chicken, YUM!

It’s no surprise that we’re back with another caesar salad. We have tons of variations like our little gem caesar, horseradish kale caesar, and brussel sprouts caesar, which are all SO good! Caesar salad was one of the first and only salads I would eat growing up, and it’s still one of my favorites to this day!

Classic Caesar Salad

Ingredients for the best caesar salad recipe

For the lettuce: We are using head of romaine hearts, romaine lettuce here. I love the crunch it provides that is just everything to this salad. Super cold, crisp and perfect!

For the caesar salad: You will need a loaf of bread for the homemade croutons, cut into bread cubes of choice. Extra-virgin olive oil, Kosher salt and pepper to taste too!

Parmesan cheese: Either shredded or thinly shaved using a vegetable peeler.

Proteins: You can also add proteins here to make this a shrimp or chicken caesar salad!

For the homemade caesar salad dressing:

  • Anchovies, or anchovy paste
  • Garlic clove
  • Raw egg yolk (can substitute with mayonnaise)
  • Lemon
  • Dijon mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Grated parmesan
  • Vegetable or canola oil
  • Extra- virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper

Tossed all together to perfection with crispy breadcrumbs, lettuce and parmesan!

Classic Caesar Salad

Steps To Make This Recipe

Step 1: make your croutons

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. To begin your salad, cube/tear into bite-size pieces and toss your croutons with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake on a baking sheet until golden brown, 10-12 mins. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Step 2: make your caesar dressing

Next, get your dressing ready. Separate your yolks, mince your garlic and finely dice your anchovies, almost making a paste.

*You can do so by using your knife blade to smooth it out, you can add a pinch of salt to help with this process. You can alternatively also just mash it in the bowl when you’re whisking (depends on your preference).

Step 3

In a bowl, add your yolk. Add minced garlic, anchovies, dijon, lemon juice and fork/mash the mixture until a paste forms. Season with pepper. Whisk well until all combined and creamy.

Step 4

Slowly start drizzling in your vegetable or canola oil as you’re whisking. Then add your olive oil and keep whisking until everything is all emulsified. Finish with a dash of Worcestershire and shredded parmesan. Mix well. Adjust and season with salt, pepper and lemon juice as needed!

Step 5: prep lettuce

Lastly, prep your lettuce. Wash, tear or slice your lettuce into bites, or tear off the leaves. Season with salt, pepper and a small drizzle of olive oil. Toss.

Step 6: let’s eat!

Assemble! You can either add your lettuce directly in your dressing bowl (if you use a big bowl, table-side style), or add in a big bowl and pour over your dressing. Finish with your croutons, parmesan and pepper. Mix well and serve.

Classic Caesar Salad

Tips, Tricks and Substitutions

What bread should I use for caesar salad?

You can really use any bread your heart desires! Whether that be a sourdough baguette, or a country loaf. I love a good sourdough, so I generally gravitate towards that, but sometimes I’ll use a sesame wheat loaf as well, which is just as good. Using stale bread here is also a great way to use up old bread that would otherwise go in the garbage to make your croutons!

My one note for bread is to not use any bread that is too soft, it won’t crisp as much and provide the crouton crunchy vessel you need for your caesar, it will get soggy too fast with the dressing.

What can I substitute for egg yolks in caesar dressing?

If you’re not into making your dressing from scratch with egg yolk, feel free to sub out with regular mayo. You can see a mayo caesar forward version here. You can also use a blender or food processor to make the dressing rather than by hand, too.

What can I use instead of anchovies in caesar salad dressing?

The best way to make the most authentic and classic caesar is with real anchovies. Also, most Worcestershire sauce also has anchovies in it! If you don’t want to use or open real anchovies, you can sub with more Worcestershire, or omit all together. However, it really does give the tangy flavor that IS caesar salad and I do recommend you try using real anchovies if you can! Another great sub here can be caper juice as well, it will give that briny taste.

Can I make caesar salad dairy-free?

A great way to take out the dairy is to sub with vegan mayo and use nutritional yeast. You can also blend up some soaked cashews for that creamy texture, or even sub with tahini.

Classic Caesar Salad

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Classic Caesar Salad
5 from 4 votes

Classic Caesar Salad

The most epic, classic caesar salad made with homemade dressing! Hands down my favorite salad is THIS and in its most classic form!
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

For Your Salad

  • 3 to 4 romaine hearts, torn or cut into pieces
  • 1/2 loaf (sourdough or country loaf, desired preference) , cubed or torn
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parmesan for serving , shredded or shaved depending on your preference

For The Dressing

  • 4 oil packed anchovies, minced and diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced, add a second garlic clove if you like it more garlicky!
  • 1 egg yolk
  • juice of 1 lemon, about 2 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce, optional
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. To begin your salad, cube/tear and toss your croutons with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake on a baking tray until golden brown, 10-12 mins. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • Next, get your dressing ready. Separate your yolks, mince your garlic and finely dice your anchovies, almost making a paste. *You can do so by using your knife blade to smooth it out, you can add a pinch of salt to help with this process. You can alternatively also just mash it in the bowl when you're whisking (depends on your preference).
  • In a bowl, add your yolk. Add minced garlic, anchovies, dijon, lemon juice and fork/mash the mixture until a paste forms. Season with pepper. Whisk well until all combined and creamy.
  • Slowly start drizzling in your vegetable or canola oil as you're whisking. Then add your olive oil and keep whisking until everything is all emulsified. 
  • Finish with a dash of worcestershire and shredded parmesan. Mix well. Adjust and season with salt, pepper and lemon juice as needed! 
  • Lastly, prep your lettuce. Wash, tear or slice your lettuce in cubes. Season with salt, pepper and a small drizzle of olive oil. Toss.
  • Assemble! You can either add your lettuce directly in your dressing bowl (if you use a big bowl, tableside style), or add in a big bowl and pour over your dressing. Finish with your croutons, parmesan and pepper. Mix well and serve.

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Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 52mg, Sodium: 189mg, Potassium: 250mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 7450IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 46mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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