One of the most popular salads we sold in my old restaurant was Caesar salad. This is generally made with romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, croutons and a Caesar dressing. There’s lots of different ways to make this dressing, but today I want to show you how I like to make it. The main ingredients are mayonnaise, garlic, oil, anchovies, parmesan cheese, and mustard. I read somewhere that the original version of Caesar dressing did not contain anchovies, but they are more popular now and I do indeed prefer to use them.
Like most people I used to simply buy Caesar dressing from the store. That’s a huge time saver, of course, but after working in a restaurant I realized how easy this dressing is to make at home. Of course the homemade version tastes much better than store-bought!
This version of the dressing is made with mayo, unlike raw eggs in the authentic dressing. Mayo is nice so you don’t have to worry about anyone getting sick from raw eggs. The balance of flavors is very nice in this recipe — the anchovies help a lot but don’t stand out as much as you’d think.
This doesn’t have to just be for salad! You can use this dressing as a dip with grilled roasted veggies, for a Caesar wrap, or in a salad topped with grilled chicken or blackened salmon. Caesar dressing is truly versatile.
- 1 cup full fat mayo
- 1 tsp. minced garlic, or 3 clove
- 1 1/2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 anchovies fillets or 1 tsp finely minced (from oil packed can)
- 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp. oil from the anchovies
- 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
Whisk together all ingredients except the parmesan cheese in a medium bowl. Add the parmesan cheese and mix until well combined.
Taste for seasoning. The dressing can be kept in the refrigerator for about a week.
Makes about 1 1/2 cup
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