Classic Caesar Salad

Classic Caesar Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


Ingredients

+ 4 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered, divided

+ ⅓ cup olive oil

+ 4 cups bread, cubed

+ Salt and pepper to taste

+ ¾ cup real mayonnaise

+ 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided

+1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

+ 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

+ 1 tablespoon lemon juice

+ 2 teaspoons anchovy paste

+ 4 tablespoons milk

+ 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped

+ 3 chicken breast, sliced (optional)

 

Directions

Homemade Croutons

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. 
  2. Cut 2 garlic cloves into quarters and saute in hot oil until golden brown.
  3. Remove cooked garlic and place into a small food processor or blender. Save for the salad dressing.
  4. Place cubed bread into the garlic oil and saute until golden brown, turning frequently.
  5. Remove from skillet and season with salt and pepper

   

Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing

  1. Add remaining garlic, mayonnaise, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, anchovy paste, and milk to the small food processor or blender.  Blend until smooth and refrigerate until using.
  2. Add salad dressing to taste to romaine and top with homemade croutons and the remaining Parmesan cheese.
  3. Toss salad and enjoy!

 

Chef’s note: To make it a meal, add cooked sliced chicken breast to the Caesar Salad.  For an even better taste, brine the sliced chicken breast for 2 hours, cook in a skillet and toss with the salad.