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There are so many imitation Caesar salad dressings out there. Great for dinner parties or even a main dish - just top with a grilled chicken breast, and you've got a delish meal!

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IngredientsServes: 5

  • 1 cos (romaine) lettuce
  • 180ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 170g garlic croutons
  • 1 (60g) tin anchovy fillets

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:5min ›Extra time:1hr chilling › Ready in:1hr25min

  1. Clean lettuce thoroughly and wrap in kitchen paper to absorb moisture. Refrigerate until crisp, at least 1 hour or more.
  2. In a bowl or jar combine oil, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, mustard, garlic and lemon juice. Whisk until well blended.
  3. Heat 375ml of water to boiling. Drop in egg (still in shell) and let stand for exactly 1 minute. Remove egg from water and let cool. Once cooled crack open and whisk egg into dressing. Whisk until thoroughly blended.
  4. Mash desired amount of anchovies and whisk them into the dressing. If desired set aside a few for garnish.
  5. To assemble, place torn lettuce leaves in a large bowl. Pour dressing over the top and toss lightly. Add the grated cheese, garlic croutons and freshly ground pepper, toss. Serve immediately!

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We found the flavor of the extra virgin olive oil way too strong for this salad; perhaps using extra light would work better and not be so overwhelming. Also, I question the accuracy of the mustard powder measurement -- should it have perhaps been 1/4 teaspoon vs. 1/4 tablespoon? I don't think this is one that I'll make again. I also tried the recipe for Caesar Salad Supreme; it was a creamy vs. oil dressing, and it was much more flavorful.-19 Nov 2002


My entire family said this was the best caesar salad they have ever eaten!By the way, we are Italian, live in NY and have had lots of caesar salads.It was easy and very delicious and true caesar.I also stir fired chicken pieces with some of the dressing and added it to the salad with fresh toasted garlic-butter croutons . It was really good.Thank you. I have been lookling for years for a good caeser salad recipe.-09 Mar 2001


The only person in my family who LOVES anchovies is my husband. Well, guess what? He was outvoted because my girls and I don't like them so I left them out. I was, however, a nice wife and threw some on top of his salad plate. To me, this is the perfect caesar salad and I thank you Cathy for submitting it!-01 Nov 2002

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The ingredients needed to prepare Caesar salad:

  1. Provide 180 g of Lettuce.
  2. Provide 1 of Large Cucumber.
  3. Provide 1 of Onion.
  4. Provide 2 of Tomatoes.
  5. Prepare 200 g of Kalamata Olives.
  6. Get 125 ml of Feta Cheese with sun dried tomatoes.
  7. Take 300 ml of Caesar creamy dressing.

Instructions to make Caesar salad:

  1. Take a bowl and chop the lettuce.
  2. Then rinse off the cucumber and chop it into cubes.
  3. Chop onion into rings also add it to lettuce, cucumber..
  4. Open the pack of kalamata olives drain them then pour it on the lettuce, cucumber, onion..
  5. Now crumble the feta cheese and season the salad..
  6. For serving you must serve it with chicken, pasta and your dressing.

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I used my blender to do most of the work in making the dressing. First I added the mayonnaise, anchovies that I had drained and rinsed, minced garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and pepper to the blender. Then, I gave it a whirl. I tasted the dressing to see if it needed any salt. The dressing was perfect without any salt. That’s it! I transferred the dressing to a container, and refrigerated it for later use on the romaine.

For the croutons, I heated some olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. I cut a large clove of garlic into quarters, and added it to the hot oil. Then I cooked and stirred the garlic until it was brown and removed it from the pan. Next I added the bread cubes to the hot oil, and cooked them, turning frequently, until they were crunchy and lightly browned.

I placed the romaine, that I had cleaned and torn into bite-size pieces, in a large bowl. The, I tossed it with just enough dressing to lightly coat the lettuce. I served the Caesar Salad with shredded Parmesan cheese and croutons. Yum!

If you’d like to see some more Salad recipes, check out my Cucumber Dill Salad or Tomato, Onion, and Cucumber Salad.

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Whenever Parmesan is called for in a recipe, I advocate for you to buy a block and grate it. This is especially true in my Broccoli Pasta.

For this recipe, I am going to tell you that freshly grated Parmesan absolutely works best for consistency. That being said, please use what you can afford. I know blocks of Parmesan can be expensive, and I would hate for you to skip out on this recipe for that reason.

Making Your Own Croutons

Croutons, in my humble opinion, are 1 million times better when they are homemade. I strongly encourage you to whip up a batch for this salad. They are easy to make, and you can bake them while you work on the salad dressing.

Caesar Salad Dressing Ingredients

To make this Caesar dressing, we’ll simply stir together the following:


Some Caesar dressing recipes call for oil and egg yolk, which turn into mayonnaise during the process of making the recipe. We’re taking the easy route and starting with store-bought mayonnaise. You’ll find an array of mayonnaise options at well-stocked grocery stores these days—I prefer organic options made with olive or avocado oil.


Just one clove of garlic will do the trick. Use a garlic press or mince it finely by hand.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is one of several tangy ingredients in this dressing, so we only need a couple of teaspoons (one lemon will be more than plenty).

Dijon Mustard

Dijon mustard lends some key flavoring to Caesar dressing. You probably won’t discern it in the final product, but it makes a big difference.

Worcestershire Sauce

Just a small amount of Worcestershire sauce makes this Caesar dressing taste complete! Worcestershire sauce offers loads of rich umami flavor that makes this dressing taste complex and irresistible. In the absence of anchovies, Worcestershire sauce is absolutely key.

Anchovy/dietary note: If you are vegetarian or allergic to shellfish, choose your Worcestershire sauce carefully. Traditional Worcestershire sauce contains anchovies, but several brands make anchovy-free Worcestershires (Wizard’s, Annie’s and Whole Foods 365 come to mind). Also note that these sauces typically introduce soy, if that is relevant to you.

Parmesan Cheese

Parmesan ups the ante with additional salty, umami flavor and a rich, cheesy texture. Finely grated Parmesan is best here. Vegetarians, try Whole Foods 365 or BelGioioso brands of Parmesan, which are truly vegetarian (most Parmesans contain animal rennet).

Salt, Pepper & Water

Since several of the ingredients in this recipe are already salty, we won’t add much additional salt. We will, however, load up this dressing with black pepper, to taste! Lastly, we’ll thin the dressing with a tablespoon of water so it reaches a drizzly consistency.

Looking for a dairy free/vegan variation of this dressing? You will love the Tahini Kale Caesar Salad with Whole-Grain Croutons in my cookbook, Love Real Food (page 72). The tahini-based dressing is vegan as written and remarkably Caesar-like! You’ll find a nutritional yeast substitute for the Parmesan garnish in the recipe notes.

Classic Caesar Salad

Classic Caesar Salad recipe made with the traditional Caesar dressing. There is no doubt that this restaurant favorite salad is one of those recipes that stood the test of time. The good news is that now you can make it at home with this foolproof recipe.

When it comes to salads, I’d like to toss random fresh vegetables together, make simple vinaigrette, and serve it with a piece of chicken or steak. I like the fact that the sky is the limit with what I can do.

But then sometimes, I’d like to make classic recipes and enjoy the comfort of knowing that the end result will simply be delicious. Caesar Salad is just one of those classics that I make over and over in my kitchen.

According to Wikipedia, an Italian chef, Caesar Cardini, created the dish back in 1924, on the fly, in Tijuana, Mexico. The original recipe did not include pieces of anchovy, as he was opposed to it. Instead he used Worchester Sauce to give the flavor of anchovy.

Over the years, different chefs added ingredients like mustard, mustard powder, and pieces of anchovy in to the salad dressing.

I, personally, like the saltiness that anchovies add to the dressing but if you are not a big fan of it you can omit it. Although I love mustard, since it has a very strong flavor, I feel as though it takes over the taste of the dressing. That is why, I prefer not to use mustard.

One important thing to mention is that this recipe uses raw egg yolks to create an emulsion similar to mayonnaise. In order to prevent the risk of salmonella, you should always use the freshest eggs (from a source you trust) you can find.

The freshly made, garlicky, croutons give the salad the crunch that it needs. I usually make the dressing in the morning and toss everything together right before serving.

Freshly tossed, topped with a few shavings of Parmesan cheese served with a piece of juicy, perfectly grilled chicken is what I call a perfect meal. If you are serving for vegetarian friends, you can always swap chicken with grilled Portobello mushrooms.

Or just serve it by itself. Either way, you can never go wrong with such a classic dish that stood the test of time.

Perfect Caesar salad

Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Spread the bread out on a baking tray and bake for about 12 mins until golden and crisp, then leave to cool.

Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine the 10 anchovy fillets with the vinegar, mustard and garlic, and purée until smooth. Add the egg and pulse until just incorporated. With the machine on, gradually drizzle in the vegetable oil until it emulsifies to create a creamy dressing. Scrape the dressing into a bowl and stir in the cheese. Season, cover with cling film and put in the fridge until well chilled and thickened, at least 30 mins.

In a very large bowl, toss the chilled lettuce leaves with half the dressing, gently rubbing the dressing onto the leaves with your hands. (Save the remaining dressing for another salad or to serve with grilled chicken.) Divide the dressed lettuce between chilled bowls and scatter the croutons on top. Garnish with anchovy fillets and serve right away, passing round the extra cheese at the table.

Creamy Kale Caesar Salad

Normally my kids turn their noses up at kale salad but not when it comes to this Creamy Kale Caesar Salad recipe.


  • 1 bunch kale , any variety
  • 1/3 cup walnuts , lightly toasted and roughly chopped (Pine nuts are a great alternative but only use 1/4 cup.)
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese , grated
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • pepper , to taste


Recipe Notes

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Remove the crusts from your bread and cut into small cubes. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the bread until golden and slightly crispy. Place on a piece of kitchen roll to drain off the oil.

Separate the leaves of your lettuce or tear into large pieces and place into a bowl. Slice the anchovies (or use whole) and place atop the lettuce.

To make the Caesar salad dressing, blend the egg yolks, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice, adding in the oil slowly. The dressing will thicken as you add the oil. Season to taste with the salt and pepper.

Pour the dressing over the lettuce, add the croutons and shave or grate Parmesan over the top.


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