Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad
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This simple Caesar salad will always have a spot on our table. It’s one of the first that my toddler girl learned to make and one of the few veggies she actually enjoys. She loves mixing up the dressing while I chop the lettuce and grate the cheese. We use mayonnaise to eliminate the raw egg that is used in the traditional dressing.

If you have the time to make your own croutons, Rachel Cooks has a great recipe that is super easy and tastes great (Check it out here).  Otherwise you can get away with the store bought ones.  Either way works.

Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

Once you have this amazing Caesar Salad with homemade Caesar dressing, you'll never want any other kind. So easy a toddler can make it - mine does!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 525kcal
Author While It's Cooking

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (approx 1 lemon fresh squeezed)
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp anchovy paste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated

Salad

  • 1 bunch romaine lettuce chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup croutons
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese shredded
  • cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cooked chicken breast (optional) shredded or diced

Instructions

Prepare Dressing

  • In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, anchovy paste, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper. Stir in the parmesan until well combined. Taste and adjust to your liking.

Make Salad

  • Chop romaine lettuce into 1 inch pieces and add to bowl with dressing. Add chicken (if using), croutons and most of the grated Parmesan (reserve some to sprinkle on top when serving).
  • Toss ingredients in dressing until it is well coated.
  • Sprinkle salad with cracked black pepper and remaining grated Parmesan.

Nutrition

Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 1088mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 257IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 336mg | Iron: 1mg
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I learned something today that I did not know. In my mind I have always associated Caesar salad with Italian food – maybe it’s the name and it’s undoubtedly Roman connections. But it was actually created in Tijuana Mexico. Surprised? I sure was. The story goes that in 1924 Caesar Cardini threw some ingredients he had on hand together as an improvised salad for some friends and, needless to say, it was a hit. The original version included romaine, garlic, croutons, Parmesan cheese, boiled eggs, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce. Anchovies were added a couple years later by Cardini’s brother in law. The salad took off and has found it’s way onto menus around the world.

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While It's Cooking

I love cooking. Always have. As a busy mother of two young kids, oftentimes the best time I have to pick up a cookbook or explore a new idea is while food is cooking. Sometimes I use that time to explore more about the meal I am preparing - the food, the traditions, the culture. Sometimes I use that time to figure out what I'm going to cook next and delve deeper into ingredients and techniques to experiment with. Usually while I'm cooking my family leaves me alone in the kitchen and I can enjoy a rare moment to myself. One of my favorite times of the day is "While It's Cooking."

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