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Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing

An easy Caesar salad recipe with homemade dressing. Caesar salad goes well with chicken, steak or loaded baked potatoes, basically, anything goes. Perfect for a healthy Summer evening meal.

The anchovy paste in this recipe is naturally briny, so add additional salt sparingly.  Prepare the dressing in advance to give flavours a chance to combine before serving.

For best results, allow the bread to set out uncovered overnight. Also, use a small amount of butter while toasting to avoid overly greasy results.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 5-10 minutes
Serves: 4

Dressing Ingredients:

½ a cup of mayonnaise
½ a cup of Greek yogurt
½ a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
1-2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon of anchovy paste
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
¼ of a cup of Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
¼ of a cup of light olive oil

Crouton Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
4 slices of French or Italian bread, cubed
½ a teaspoon of garlic powder
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Salad Ingredients:

1 large head Romain lettuce, cleaned, chopped, and dried completely
½ a cup of shaved Parmesan cheese

Caesar salad ingredients.

Directions:

  1. Prepare the dressing by combining the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and anchovy paste in a medium-sized bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and whisk to combine.  
  2. Add grated Parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Slowly drizzle the olive oil into the dressing and whisk until thoroughly incorporated into the mixture. Taste and season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired. Cover and set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a large *skillet over medium-low heat. Spread the melted butter with a pastry brush to evenly coat the bottom and sides of the skillet.
  4. Add the bread cubes to the skillet and lightly season with the garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toast the bread, stirring frequently, until lightly browned on all sides, approximately 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. When ready to serve, assemble the salad by adding the chopped Romaine lettuce to a large mixing bowl. Add the toasted croutons and shaved Parmesan and drizzle with 1/3 cup of dressing. Gently toss to combine.

Serve immediately on chilled salad plates with remaining salad dressing on the side. Enjoy!

Caesar salad with homemade dressing.
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