In 1956, the master chefs of the International Society of Epicures in Paris announced Caesar salad as, “the greatest recipe to originate from the Americas in 50 years.” Today, Caesar salad is still the most commonly served salad.
Everyone needs a killer Caesar salad recipe in his or her repertoire — so here’s a classic! This traditional Caesar salad dressing beats any supermarket bottled variety.
Preparing the lettuce
Separate the Romaine leaves and discard the coarse outer leaves and the woody rib by removing the leaves from the rib. Wash, drain, and spin or pat dry the lettuce leaves with paper towels.
Loosely roll the clean lettuce leaves in paper towels, and then place the rolled greens inside a large resealable plastic bag. Place the bag in the refrigerator until ready to use. This will crisp up the Romaine leaves nicely.
Coddle an egg
Classic Caesar salad dressing calls for a coddled egg. Coddling the egg in the shell lends creaminess to the dressing. However, it’s important to note that coddling alone doesn’t necessarily kill bacteria, so always use a fresh, organic, free-range egg.
Place the egg, with shell, in a small bowl, and pour boiling water over the egg until it’s covered completely. Let stand for one minute, and then run cold water into the bowl until the egg can be handled.
You can substitute a coddled egg with half a cup of organic mayonnaise, if you like. However, if choosing to substitute, reduce the olive oil in the dressing recipe below by half.
Instead of croutons…
I don’t care much for croutons, so ditching them is not a problem. However, I do love a crunchy element in my salad. If you love the crunch of a crouton, but don’t want the gluten, bake up a batch of garlic parmesan crisps instead (see recipe below).
Add the garlic parmesan crisps to your Caesar salad and enjoy this classic dish!
Katherine Marko is a freelance writer, author and blog creator. Her areas of expertise include food, health, style, beauty, business and nutrition. Marko holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a diploma in photography, graphic design and marketing, and certification in esthetics.