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Summer of Salads: Caesar Salad

When I lived in Spain, my Spanish friends were always asking me to make American foods. While I hosted a huge dinner entitled, "The Hamburger Party," when I had smaller gatherings, I always made Caesar salad. With its crisp romaine leaves, crunchy croutons, and creamy, tangy dressing, something about the classic salad is quintessentially American. Although it's found at practically every Italian-American restaurant and salad shop, I rarely order it and prefer to make it at home. A big plate of Caesar salad is an excellent Summer meal that's comforting and delicious. I've been using Martha Stewart's technique for so long that I no longer have to look at the recipe! To check it out,

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Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

Ingredients

  1. Homemade croutons
  2. 2 cloves garlic
  3. 4 anchovy fillets
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  6. 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  7. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  8. 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  9. 1 large egg yolk
  10. 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  11. 2 heads (10 ounces each) romaine lettuce, outer leaves discarded, inner leaves washed and dried
  12. 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, or 2 1/2 ounces shaved with a vegetable peeler

Directions

  1. Place garlic, anchovy fillets, and salt in a large wooden salad bowl.* Using two dinner forks, mash garlic and anchovies into a paste.
  2. Using one fork, whisk in pepper, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and egg yolk.
  3. Using the fork, whisk in the olive oil.
  4. Chop romaine leaves into 1- to 1 1/2-inch pieces. Add croutons, romaine, and cheese to the bowl, and toss well. If you wish, grate extra cheese over the top. Serve immediately. To make a version of this dressing that you can store, simply mince garlic and anchovies, and place with remaining ingredients in a jar. Screw the lid on the jar tightly, and shake to combine. Shake the jar before each use. Store, refrigerated, for up to 4 days.

Serves 4 to 6.

*If you don't have a wooden bowl you can do this on a cutting board or with a mortar and pestle.

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cg130
cg130
Delicious, but I never understood the name.
mcollazo
mcollazo
Alton Brown does a good one and he also explains where it originated in his show. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/good-eats/hail-caesar-salad-recipe/index.html The Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1ly69q7Ik4 There are 3 parts to this video, this is only the first. For a second I thought I seen lumps of crab meat inside the salad...that sorta sounds good.
neonbee
neonbee
I love Caesar salad! It's my favourite lunch. :)
amandaaa
amandaaa
my favorite salad :)
chiefdishwasher
chiefdishwasher
That is my favorite salad dressing!
wolfjinx25
wolfjinx25
Caesar salad is my favorite! Mmm..can't wait to use this recipe! :)
Food
Food
Yum! I've been craving marinated white anchovies all day, so this sounds delicioso.
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