Caesar salad — a classic indeed.
I have always enjoyed a good caesar salad, whether it be with chicken, shrimp, steak…you name it! Sure it’s good with some protein overlaying the bed of crisp romaine and yummy dressing, but sometimes the salad alone can be enough.
Recently, my manager at work gave me her recipe for scratch-made caesar dressing. After trying it once, I knew I would be enjoying caesar salad at home more often.
I add my own touch with homemade rosemary croutons for an amazing caesar salad you will want to make again and again!
I have made croutons many times in the past, but one day I was in the grocery store wandering the bakery for bread to make croutons with, when I came across these rosemary dinner rolls.
Now, I’m not sure if I found these rosemary rolls or they found me — but either way, I was really happy we met (and I’m going to assume how excited I was/am about a couple of dinner rolls is completely normal) because they made for something extra special.
If you balance the right amount of olive oil over the bread and time it spends in the oven, the croutons get really crispy on the outside, but still keep a soft, chewy inside.
I’m not giving the end result justice with my description, so perhaps you should just try it to see what I’m talking about for yourself : )
The dressing is what makes this salad. The recipe my manager at work gave me is so good, there was really no need for me to experiment on my own.
It’s not a creamy caesar, but more of a classic caesar with a good amount of “bite” from the fresh garlic that is balanced nicely with the anchovy paste and fresh lemon juice. The coddled egg gives this dressing a rich and luscious texture (if this idea of an almost raw egg* scares you, you can sub out for egg substitute).
*Using a fresh egg or pasteurized egg is best when coddling an egg to reduce the risk of salmonella.
The hard part is over once you’ve made the croutons and the dressing!
All that’s left is tossing everything in a bowl until the romaine and croutons are evenly dressed.
If you’re low on time, you could always opt for store-bought croutons, BUT if you find you have the time… it is absolutely worth it.
This salad is nothing new and ground-breaking, but there’s just something really enjoyable about a big bowl of crisp romaine lettuce, crunchy croutons and parmesan cheese all dressed in a classically-luscious caesar dressing.
You can serve it as a starter to dinner, or have a big plate of it for a full meal (and if you’re not buying into the whole “straight-up” caesar salad thing, then grill a piece of chicken, steak or some shrimp to top it off).
Try the recipe here for this oldie, but goodie, that will not disappoint!