The best salads include a variety of tastes and texture, and this Caesar salad recipe is no different. The croutons add crunch to the layers of crisp romaine leaves, while the Parmesan gives the salty and nutty flavor. The salad dressing is key, though, because it’s a mix of all those classic Caesar ingredients, like anchovy paste, garlic, and lemon. This simple salad includes primarily the lettuce and the dressing, making it an easy dish to prepare any day of the week.
The Caesar dressing recipe involves a few optional ingredients and some mainstays. The Dijon mustard is one ingredient that should not be replaced since it adds acidic flavor, but more importantly, helps emulsify the dressing. While Caesar dressings would often be prepared with egg yolks, which would help hold the sauce together from the albumen, this is often unsafe for those with compromised immune systems. The Dijon mustard does just as well to hold the dressing recipe together.
This is a printable recipe.
2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon anchovy paste or anchovies (chopped) *optional
1 Tablespoon capers *optional
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 pinch granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
When You Serve:
12 cups torn Romain lettuce, washed and dried (One large head or two small heads)
1 cup croutons
1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on the top of the salads at serving time.
In a blender, blend lemon juice, mustard, garlic, anchovy paste, salt, sugar and pepper. With motor running, gradually add grated Parmesan cheese and oil.
Transfer to small jar and refrigerate.
This dressing makes enough to coat 12 cups torn romaine (about 1 head).
Add the capers when you serve.
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Nutrition Facts for: Caesar Salad From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: Freshly squeezed lemon juice, Dijon mustard, garlic clove, anchovy paste or anchovies, capers, sea salt, granulated sugar, freshly ground pepper, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, Romain lettuce, croutons.
* The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet
* Per Serving:Calories 147, Calories from Fat 111, Total Fat 12.3g 19%, Saturated Fat 4.2g 21%, Cholesterol 18mg 6%, Sodium 376mg 16%, Potassium 36mg 1%, Carbohydrates 4.3g 1%, Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%, Sugars 0.3g, Protein 8.0g, Vitamin A 18%, Vitamin C 6%, Calcium 20%, Iron 2%
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