Caesar salad is a wonderful light salad to have out or at home. I just love the creamy dressing but I hate the idea of anchovies and that is why we created a caesar salad without anchovies or raw eggs.
An important key to this recipe is to refrigerate it prior to serving it. It dramatically changes the flavor. Make this about 2 hours in advance so that you have plenty of time.
What goes in a Caesar salad?
There are a few core ingredients that go into a Caesar salad. The main ingredient that makes Caesar is the dressing. Then it includes fresh romaine lettuce, croutons, and parmesan cheese.
It is a simple salad but getting that dressing right is what really matters here. It has to be the perfect mixture of creamy and tangy at the same time.
What goes in Caesar salad dressing?
Traditionally, Caesar salad dressing includes raw eggs and anchovies, lemon, garlic, mustard, oil, and mayonnaise. We make our dressing without raw egg and anchovy free.
How to make homemade Caesar salad dressing
With our recipe for Caesar salad dressing, you don’t need a blender. You just need a good mixing bowl and whisk. You do also need a bit of time. We recommend that you refrigerate this dressing 2 hours prior to serving it.
This dressing is so easy to make. You can make it in 10 minutes without a blender!
- First, we add lemon, mustard, Worcestershire, minced garlic, and vinegar in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until well blended.
- Then add in the mayonnaise (you can buy egg-free mayo if desired) and whisk until blended.
- Next, slowly add in the olive oil while whisking.
- Finally, fold in the parmesan cheese.
- Refrigerate the dressing for 2 hours.
Tips for making Caesar salad
- Crisp, fresh, and cold romaine lettuce is vital to a stellar salad. Pick out the best romaine lettuce that you can find.
- Tear your lettuce instead of cutting it.
- We love garlic croutons for this recipe but plain croutons work perfectly fine. The fresher the better with these croutons.
- Mix the salad and dressing with your hands. This allows you to gently massage the dressing into the romaine as you mix it.
- Freshly grated parmesan cheese is best for this salad.
- Don’t forget to crack fresh pepper atop the salad right before serving it.
- Don’t drown the romaine in the dressing. Use just enough to coat the romaine and croutons. You can provide extra salad dressing as desired to taste when serving it.
Variations on the recipe
Are you wondering what else you can put on a Caesar salad to make it even more hearty? Well, the options are endless but here are a few of our suggestions
- Chopped crisp bacon
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Grilled chicken chunks
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- 1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup croutons
- fresh ground pepper
- ½ c olive oil
- ¼ c egg-free mayo
- ¼ c grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ t prepared mustard (yellow, dijon, or stone ground)
- 2 t lemon juice
- 2 t Worcestershire sauce
- 2 T red wine vinegar
- 1 t minced garlic
- Dash salt and pepper
To make the dressing:
- In a large mixing bowl add the lemon, mustard, Worcestershire, minced garlic, and vinegar. Whisk until well blended.
- Add the egg-free mayo to the mixture and whisk until blended.
- Slowly add in olive oil while continuously whisking. Continue to whisk until the mixture is thoroughly blended.
- Stir in cheese.
- Transfer the dressing to a container with a lid.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours prior to serving.
- Stir before serving.
To make the salad:
- Rinse and pat the romaine dry.
- Tear the romaine into bite-size pieces.
- Add the lettuce to a large serving bowl.
- Toss the lettuce with salad dressing. (Amount to taste)
- Add in croutons and cheese and toss the salad.
- Sprinkle crushed pepper on top.
- Serve and enjoy!