Best Caesar Salad

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The Best Caesar Salad needs a great dressing that’s creamy, garlicky and full of fresh parmesan cheese. Drizzle it on top for the perfect salad!

A classic one features crunchy greens and an irresistibly creamy dressing.

A bowl of the best Caesar salad.

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Why this Easy Caesar Dressing Recipe is a Keeper

This is one of my favorite salad recipes because it takes just a few minutes and uses fresh ingredients.

  • 30 Minute Meal: This recipe can be done in about 20 minutes.
  • Fresh Ingredients: Make Caesar salad with fresh ingredients for amazing flavors.
  • Family Friendly: Everyone loves fresh Caesar salad.
  • Adaptable: Easily adapt this traditional Caesar salad to meet your needs.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: If stored properly, this salad can be just as good the next day for lunch!

If you’re looking for more salad recipes, try these Cucumber Onion Salad with Dill, Antipasto Misto Salad and Kale and Spinach Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Why Do They Call It Caesar Salad?

Bowl of the best Caesar salad with croutons and shaved parmesan cheese, accompanied by a fork and dressing on the side.

Caesar salad is called Caesar salad for the simple reason that the inventor’s name was Caesar Cardini. Fun fact, it originated in Mexico.

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Caesar Salad Ingredient Notes

A head of romaine lettuce and a wedge of hard cheese against a white background, key components for the best Caesar salad.

To make my favorite Caesar dressing, you’ll need only a few simple ingredients.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

Variations and Substitutions for this Favorite Salad Recipe

Here are a few variations and substitutions you can use to make your salad uniquely yours.

  • Substitute Raw Egg: If you’re not sure about eating raw egg yolk, substitute with Greek yogurt, sour cream, mayo or silken tofu.
  • Salt and Pepper: Top your salad with some freshly cracked salt and black pepper.
  • Chicken Caesar Salad: Add grilled chicken to your salad to take it to the next level.

Special Equipment Needed to Make Caesar Salad Dressing and Garlic Croutons

  • Food Processor: A food processor, immersion blender or blender will come in handy for this creamy Caesar salad dressing.

Pro Tip

Store your lettuce the right way! Trim the ends, soak in cold water, dry, add a paper towel at the bottom of your container and then another on top of your lettuce.

How to Make this Recipe for Homemade Caesar Salad

The best Caesar dressing recipe is a great one for beginners! To make the homemade dressing and salad, follow these 3 easy steps. You will love caesar salad.

These are the basic steps for making the Best Caesar Salad. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Fresh lettuce and diced bread on cutting boards for the best Caesar salad.

1. Make Dressing

In a food processor or blender, combine mayonnaise, minced garlic, lemon juice, anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and all purpose seasoning blend until smooth.

Whisk in grated parmesan cheese and adjust seasonings if necessary. Place in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to use.

2. Make Croutons

Preheat oven to 375°f. Combine bite-sized pieces of baguette or bread cubes, olive oil and house seasoning blend; Spread on a rimmed baking sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for 5 minutes then flip the croutons over. Bake for 5 more minutes or until lightly browned and crispy.

3. Make the Salad

In a large mixing bowl, add chopped romaine lettuce leaves into bite sized pieces. Add parmesan shavings and drizzle with dressing. Toss the salad to combine.

Top generously with salt and pepper, and cooled croutons. Serve immediately in a small salad bowl and a generous sprinkle with cheese.

Original Caesar Salad Recipe FAQs

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Caesar salad is healthy! Make it even healthier by adding more veggies that are high in nutrients.

Traditionally it has anchovies in it. You can make your own Caesar dressing without anchovies.

Storing your chopped romaine properly helps to keep everything fresh and crisp.

A fresh best caesar salad with croutons and shaved parmesan cheese, accompanied by a jar of dressing.

Expert Tips for Making The Best Caesar Salad Recipe

  • More Garlic Please: I like to make garlic croutons. Therefore, try adding some fresh Garlic or garlic powder to your croutons before they are baked.
  • Try Lime: Originally, the Caesar salad dressing recipe used lime instead of lemon.
  • Add Protein: Add some shrimp, fresh crab meat or fresh, whole anchovies
  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking dishes before baking.
  • Homemade Croutons: It’s super easy to make your own croutons and they’re perfect for customizing.
  • Caesar Salad Wraps: If you have leftover salad, wrap it up in a tortilla for an on-the-go meal with your favorite protein.

What to Serve with Best Caesar Salad Dressing

A bowl of the best Caesar salad.
5 from 8 votes

Best Caesar Salad

Yield: 6 people
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
The Best Caesar Salad needs a great dressing that’s creamy, garlicky and full of parmesan cheese. Drizzle it on top for the perfect salad!
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Ingredients

Salad Dressing

  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, about 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Anchovy paste
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon All Purpose Seasoning
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Croutons

  • 1 cup Sourdough bread, or other dense bread, cubed
  • 4 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoons All Purpose Seasoning

Salad

  • 3 Romaine lettuce, heads
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, shaved

Instructions

Salad Dressing

  • In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients except parmesan cheese.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Stir in parmesan cheese.
  • Adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • Cover and refrigerate.

Croutons

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine bread, olive oil and House Seasoning Blend; Spread on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 5 minutes then flip the croutons over.
  • Bake for 5 more minutes or until lightly browned and crispy.

Salad

  • Chop lettuce into bite sized pieces.
  • Add parmesan shavings.
  • Drizzle with dressing; Toss to combine.
  • Top with croutons.
  • Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

    • More Garlic Please: I like to make garlic croutons. Therefore, try adding some fresh Garlic or garlic powder to your croutons before they are baked.
    • Try Lime: Originally, the Caesar salad dressing recipe used lime instead of lemon.
    • Add Protein: Add some shrimp, fresh crab meat or fresh, whole anchovies
    • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking dishes before baking.
    • Homemade Croutons: It’s super easy to make your own croutons and they’re perfect for customizing.
    • Caesar Salad Wraps: If you have leftover salad, wrap it up in a tortilla for an on-the-go meal.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 897mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1352IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American

2 thoughts on “Best Caesar Salad”

  1. Hi Christina!
    I enjoy your recipes, but where do I find your receipe fpr your kitchen spice? and the mayo measurer you showed. Thank you in advance

    Sue Atkinson

    Reply
    • Hi You can find my seasoning linked in the recipe. Just click on it and it will come up. The Measurer you can find in my amazon store.

      Reply

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