Casear Salad Recipe

by KellyW on February 20, 2014

My kids love to play this what if game, do yours!? “Mom what if you had to eat 1 meal for a month, what would you eat?” Hmmm my answer, caesar salad. Why? It is SO good! I love it, I order it anytime I have to option at a restaurant and occasionally at Costco too (when the tug to buy a slice of their pizza or a polish dog doesn’t win) (if you love caesar salad and have a Costco membership you gotta try theirs!)

Then 1 day I decided to make it at home as we don’t go out to eat nearly enough to satisfy my cravings for it. So like many of you I started internet searching for recipes on how to make it… Umm ANCHOVY PASTE & RAW EGG! What in heck have I been eating, ewwww. Now some of you may like it and I mean no disrespect towards you at all but personally I would rather not consume it. Am I the only person that had no idea caesar salad dressing was made with anchovy paste & raw egg!?

My search for a good recipe for the dressing lead to a good anchovy paste substitute so I can make my own version without opening a jar or can or however that stuff comes packaged. And what I found was that mayo was a great alternate so I went with it. Trusty ole Costco real mayo :) Now that I can do! And so my recipe for amazing caesar salad dressing was born and now it is hard to eat it when I am out for 2 reasons, the thought of anchovy paste and the 1 I make is sooo good that I have spoiled myself! Now I am here to share it with all you!

Heads up, I suck at measurements for this, I just throw it all together, mix and add what I need to to make it exactly how we all love it so i will do my best to give you proper measurements but I suggest you play with it and create it the way you and your family like it.

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Caesar Salad List

Romaine lettuce/hearts
Fresh grated parmesan cheese
Croutons
Small serving of shredded chicken breast or shrimp if desired

Dressing Ingredients

1/2-1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 c regular mayonnaise
1/4 c olive oil (I have used canola oil before when I don’t have olive on hand)

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1-2 tsp spicy brown or Dijon mustard
1/2-1 tsp salt
1-2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp ground pepper

 Directions

Add all ingredients into bowl and whisk well. If it is too thick you can add more Worcestershire sauce and/or oil. If it is too thin then you can add more mayo. Play with it and taste it till it is exactly how you like it. Some people prefer to add fresh grated Parmesan to it but I make a batch and keep it in the fridge so I wait and add it to the salad as I prepare it. Pour desired amount over salad. I am going to venture a guess and say this makes about enough for 4-6 servings, but don’t hold me to that!

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I buy the bags of romaine lettuce/hearts at Costco, it is 4 hearts for less than $4! I have bought them at other stores too and they are always very affordable. I wash them and chop them and store the chopped lettuce in gallon size bags to make it easier to get to with a busy schedule. Grab out a bag, throw some in a bowl, throw some Parmesan and croutons on and a lil dressing and lunch, snack or dinner is served. I keep small bags of seasoned shredded chicken breast in the freezer too in case we want to quickly add some protein to a salad. Tiny salad shrimp works well with this too!

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Enjoy!

You know what else is so awesome!? When you are done chopping the romaine hearts you can set them in soil and grow more! LOVE this about this veggie! Just an FYI :)

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Why yes I have been known to eat a huge bowl of this stuff for a meal! Don’t judge me hehe

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P.S. This recipe is healthy and yummy! If you try it please let me know if you like it! If you have a yummy recipe you want to share please do so :)

P.S.S. I LOVE this holder!

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebecca Mullin February 20, 2014 at 4:36 pm

I love Caesar Salad too and make a really nice dressing without the mayonnaise. However, this looks delicious and I will give it a try! Nice job on the new blog, love the family photo!!

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KellyW February 20, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Oooo Please share Rebecca! The more fat we can cut out the better :)
Thank you!

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Rebecca Mullin February 21, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Caesar Dressing (without the mayonnaise)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 anchovies (or 1 tsp anchovy paste) – we usually omit
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 tbls freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
1 large head romaine lettuce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan (to toss on top)
Add first 8 ingredients one at a time and combine with back of a spoon to make into a paste. Add oil and vinegar, blend well. Alternative Blender method: Add all dressing ingredients except the yolk. Puree. Then add yolk and pulse a couple of times. Toss salad with dressing, croutons and cheese.
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