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Caesar Salad: the tasty recipe for the classic Caesar salad with dressing

Total time: 50 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
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The Caesar salad is a classic salad made of romaine lettuce, crispy croutons, tender, smoky chicken breast, and parmesan cheese. Caesar salad is usually served with a creamy dressing made of lemon juice, oil, egg, anchovies, Worcestershire sauce and spices as it perfectly balances texture and tangy, savory flavors.

This Mexican-origin recipe has nothing to do with Julius Caesar as you might think from the name. Caesar salad was created by the Italian chef Cesare Cardini, who apparently made this dish in the early 1900s trying to use up some leftovers. Customers loved this salad recipe and it soon became popular, spreading widely also in the United States of America and Europe.

Caesar salad is a very tasty dish with several variants in the world which also inspired to this Caesar pasta salad. For this recipe, we suggest you use the inner leaves of the lettuce heads, which are more tender and crunchy, and other top quality ingredients. So let’s find out how to make Caesar salad by following our simple step-by-step recipe.

Caesar Salad Ingredients

When making Caesar salad you need few simple ingredients.

Baguette – use it for making crispy, golden croutons.

Chicken – choose chicken breast as it is tender and light.

Lettuce romaine – it is the classic green salad.

Parmesan cheese – adds a savory kick.

Caesar Salad Dressing Ingredients

For the Caesar salad dressing, use garlic, anchovies, lemon juice, egg yolk, Dijon mustard and spices.

Tips for Homemade Caesar Salad

If you don't like anchovy fillets, you can leave them out.

If you don't have any eggs, you can add mayonnaise to your Caesar salad dressing.

For the chicken breasts, choose organic and raised outdoors chicken, without the use of antibiotics.

You can make crispy, golden brown croutons in the oven too.

For a more tender and juicy final result, you can replace the breasts with thighs.

If you love strong flavors, you can add black olives and desalted capers to the salad.

How to store Caesar Salad

The Caesar salad can be stored in the refrigerator inside a special airtight container for up to 24 hours. Once you add the sauce, it is best to enjoy your Caesar salad within a few hours to prevent croutons from becoming soggy.

You can store the Caesar salad dressing in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for 6 to 9 months.

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Ingredients
chicken breast, sliced
350 g
Baguette bread
5-6 slices
romaine lettuce
1 head
Extra virgin olive oil
Parmesan cheese
fine salt to taste
for the Caesar salad dressing
corn seed oil or another vegetable oil
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp
Lemon juice
2 tsp
egg yolk at room temperature
1
Fine salt
a pinch
anchovy fillets packed in oil
2 to 4
Garlic, minced
2 small cloves
Parmesan cheese, grated
2-3 tbsp
Dijon mustard
2 tsp
Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp

How to make Caesar Salad

Remove the outermost and damaged leaves of romaine lettuce, then remove the foot of the head and detach the inner leaves. Rinse them under running water and dry them well.

Cut some slices of bread, then cut them into cubes and brown them on a hot pan. As soon as they start to become crispy, sprinkle with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil to brown them evenly, stirring them. Turn off the flame and set aside.

Using the same hot pan, grill the chicken slices on both sides. Add fine salt and set aside.

In a high and narrow jug, add corn seed oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, fine salt, egg yolk, anchovy fillets, Dijon mustard, garlic cloves, parmesan cheese and black pepper. Start blending with an immersion mixer doing up and down until creamy and smooth. Keep aside.

Chop the lettuce and collect it in a large bowl. Shred the chicken with your hands and spread it over the salad.

Add the crispy croutons and the parmesan cheese, cut into thin flakes.

Serve the Caesar salad with a drizzle of dressing just before serving.

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