True Caesar salad

    1 hour 25 min

    There are so many imitation Caesar salad dressings out there. This is the real deal. If you love a true Caesar salad, this foolproof recipe is worth the effort. Great for dinner parties or even a main dish - just top with a grilled chicken breast, and you've got a delish meal!

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    Serves: 5 

    • 1 cos (romaine) lettuce
    • 180ml extra virgin olive oil
    • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 tablespoon mustard powder
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 1 egg
    • 1 lemon, juiced
    • freshly ground black pepper
    • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
    • 170g garlic croutons
    • 1 (60g) tin anchovy fillets

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Extra time:1hr chilling  ›  Ready in:1hr25min 

    1. Clean lettuce thoroughly and wrap in kitchen paper to absorb moisture. Refrigerate until crisp, at least 1 hour or more.
    2. In a bowl or jar combine oil, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, mustard, garlic and lemon juice. Whisk until well blended.
    3. Heat 375ml of water to boiling. Drop in egg (still in shell) and let stand for exactly 1 minute. Remove egg from water and let cool. Once cooled crack open and whisk egg into dressing. Whisk until thoroughly blended.
    4. Mash desired amount of anchovies and whisk them into the dressing. If desired set aside a few for garnish.
    5. To assemble, place torn lettuce leaves in a large bowl. Pour dressing over the top and toss lightly. Add the grated cheese, garlic croutons and freshly ground pepper, toss. Serve immediately!

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    We found the flavor of the extra virgin olive oil way too strong for this salad; perhaps using extra light would work better and not be so overwhelming. Also, I question the accuracy of the mustard powder measurement -- should it have perhaps been 1/4 teaspoon vs. 1/4 tablespoon? I don't think this is one that I'll make again. I also tried the recipe for Caesar Salad Supreme; it was a creamy vs. oil dressing, and it was much more flavorful.  -  19 Nov 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My entire family said this was the best caesar salad they have ever eaten! By the way, we are Italian, live in NY and have had lots of caesar salads. It was easy and very delicious and true caesar. I also stir fired chicken pieces with some of the dressing and added it to the salad with fresh toasted garlic-butter croutons . It was really good. Thank you. I have been lookling for years for a good caeser salad recipe.  -  09 Mar 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    The only person in my family who LOVES anchovies is my husband. Well, guess what? He was outvoted because my girls and I don't like them so I left them out. I was, however, a nice wife and threw some on top of his salad plate. To me, this is the perfect caesar salad and I thank you Cathy for submitting it!  -  01 Nov 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)