Thursday, January 21, 2010

Caesar Salad: I Hope You Like Garlic.

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This is one of those recipes that I probably make a least once per week. It is the recipe I will only share with my closest friends. If you have ever been mean to me….forget it! No Recipe For You! But every one I have met via my blog have been more than nice and have never been mean to me so I am happy to share it with all of you. :) It is my recipe for Caesar Salad. It is my favorite Caesar Salad period. I have not come across a Restaurant version of a Caesar Salad that I like better. It is has a fresh, light, and bright flavor and no anchovies! And be warned………it has big garlic flavor. I mean BIG! It is guaranteed to keep the vampires away. (and everyone else for that matter if you are not careful. :))

Caesar Salad

1 head of Romaine lettuce

1 half of a lemon

1/4 cup olive oil

1 to 2 large cloves of garlic, pressed

1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

1/4 tsp dried mustard

1/4 tsp. salt

black pepper


Parmesan Cheese (PARMESAN REGGIANO is best and Grana Padano would also work here too.)

Wash the lettuce and cut or tear into bite sized pieces and place in a big bowl.

Dressing: With a whisk, mix together the olive oil, the pressed garlic, Worcestershire Sauce, the dried mustard, the salt and pepper. Do not put the dressing on the salad until it is time to serve.

Croutons: Home made croutons are best and easy. Simply cube up a really good French or Italian Bread and spread on a cookie sheet. Toss them with some olive oil, salt and pepper and bake for approximately 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven until nicely dried and toasted.

When it is time to serve the salad, toss it with the dressing. Squeeze the half lemon over the salad and toss again. Sprinkle with the croutons and then add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Parmesan Cheese. The “stuff” in the green can will work and truthfully for the weeknight salad, I use the stuff in the green can but if you want something divine……use a Microplane grater and finely grate PARMESAN REGGIANO over the entire salad and watch if fall like snow. :)

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I love to serve this salad with Spaghetti and Lasagna of course but it is also great with anything off of the grill. In the summertime when the tomatoes are in season I will cut one up and add that to the salad. Adding a couple of diced up hard boiled eggs is also a nice addition.


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RNSANE said...

Well, I would definitely add the anchovies and I LOVE garlic. If a recipe calls for a clove or garlic, I put in at least six...I think it is absolutely wonderful.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

When that first photo opened I said ahhhh. This looks delicious!

ButterYum said...

I'm a huge Caesar Salad fan, so thanks for sharing your special recipe. I'll tuck it away for future use!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This sounds delicious, Lisa! I'm also a big fan of Caesar Salad and usually for a lunch I'll get either chicken or shrimp with mine. I don't have the croutons because I'm gluten free and I ALWAYS tell them to hold the anchovies {if it comes with them}. I'd love to try this over the summer as a meal with a grilled chicken or shrimp. Mmmmm! I will definitely try your dressing!

Jane said...

Hi Lisa,
Thanks for the recipe. My husband loves Caeser Salad so I am definitely going to try this. Great pictures.

Malisa said...

OMG! You don't know how much I love Caesar Salad! I have been looking for a good recipe! You are wonderful! Can't wait to try it! Thanks!

Calamity Anne said...

YUM!!! Love Caesar Salad...this is so happening in my kitchen! Thanks for sharing!

Allyson said...

Oh I big fluffy heart LOVE garlic and I particularly love caesar salad with garlic (thank you oodles for leaving off the anchovies because that's just disgusting (I do remember ordering a Caesar salad from a really upscale restaurant once and nearly stroking out because there was a dead fish on top. I'm a classy one, I am...) Jotting down your recipes for my files. Grazie! :D

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I love salads. The nice thing about one is that I usually have all the ingredients on hand. I love parm cheese, I put it on everything.

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Mmmm . . . sounds and looks delish. And me likey garlic a lot!

I'm thinking I'll have to try this with some grilled chicken breast and hard boiled eggs. Yummy!

Thanks for sharing - so glad I've been nice to you! ;o)

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Erin said...

We're major Caesar salad fans around my house. Thanks for deeming us worthy of sharing!

Linda said...

How did you know that I'm a salad lover...thanks for the recipe...I will give it a try!


Carrie said...

My son and I are loving the looks of that salad. I am thinking a caesar salad will go perfect with our hoagie sandwiches tomorrow.

heartnsoulcooking said...

I'm a salad lover and this is a GREAT!!! salad.
Come by and visit so you can enter my GREAT!!! giveaway.

Anne~Fiona and Twig said...

A little (or a LOT) of garlic doesn't scare me. Bring it on!!
Looks yummy!!!

Have a blessed Sunday!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Lisa! Yum! I love Caesar salad and your recipe sounds wonderful! Garlic is good for you, too! And with all the vampires lurking around lately, it's nice to be armed! lol Happy weekend...hugs...Debbie

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Michelle said...

Love Garlic and LOVE Caesar Salad which we have for dinner at least once a week. It might be the cold weather but I can't seem to get enough garlic lately!

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

This sounds SO good! I love garlic - read: obsessed with it! Thank you for the great recipe! ox

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