Romaine hearts are drizzled with a cheesy, garlicky Caesar dressing then topped with crunchy, sourdough croutons.
There is nothing quite like a classic, traditional Caesar salad, am I right? Crunchy, savory, salty, and cheesy – it’s the ultimate side dish to serve alongside anything from fish to chicken to beef.
The best part about making Caesar salad at home is that you can control the quality of ingredients. While delicious, I have found that store-bought and restaurant versions can be a bit too heavy and caloric for my taste.
In reality, a flavorful Caesar dressing doesn’t need to be super complicated or laden in fat and calories.
Made with bright lemon juice, fresh garlic, Dijon mustard, anchovy paste and parmesan cheese, the end result a light and cheesy vinaigrette that is a lot healthier than a super creamy, heavy, thick Caesar salad dressing.
Of course, the best part of a Caesar salad is the crunchy croutons on top! You can certainly use store-bought but making homemade croutons is as simple as tossing curbed bread with olive oil, salt and garlic powder. Want to make cheesy croutons? Toss that in to the mix too!
When serving, don’t be afraid to garnish with extra parmesan cheese on top.
Frequently asked questions:
How long with the Caesar salad dressing last in the refrigerator?
The dressing will last up to 5 days in an air-tight, refrigerated container.
Can I omit the anchovy paste?
Yes absolutely – no need to include it.
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Caesar Salad with Sourdough Croutons
- 2 hearts of romaine (halved, lengthwise)
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 1 tablespoon anchovy paste (optional)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 lemon (juiced)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups sourdough bread cubes
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon cayenne
- Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees. Toss bread cubes in a bowl with olive oil, salt, garlic powder and cayenne then spread in an even layer on baking sheet. Bake until golden brown and crunchy, about 20 minutes.
- Whisk together dressing in a bowl; set aside.
- When you're ready to assemble, place romaine hearts on a platter and drizzle with dressing and top with croutons.
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