The main ingredients of the Caesar salad are: romaine lettuce, garlic vinaigrette, egg, anchovies, croutons, and Parmesan cheese.
The salad's creation is attributed to an Italian restaurateur in Mexico - Cesare Cardini of Tijuana one holiday weekend in 1924. He supposedly ran short of supplies and concocted this salad from leftovers.
Make the croutons:
- Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F. Oil a baking sheet (with about 1 teaspoon of oil per serving). Lay the bread cubes on the sheet and coat them thoroughly with olive oil. Bake in the middle of the oven until golden, about 10 min. Set aside.
Make the dressing:
- Drain the anchovy fillets, pat dry on a paper towel, then mince.
- In a small saucepan, heat one tablespoon of olive oil over moderately low heat. Add the crushed garlic. Cook 2-3 min until softened. Add the minced anchovies, stirring and mashing 1 min to form a paste. Set aside.
- Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Set aside the whites in a jar in the refrigerator or freezer for future use in another recipe.
- In a bowl, whisk together the yolks, mustard, vinegar, grated Parmesan cheese, and Worcestershire sauce. Add the remaining olive oil in a stream, whisking, until the dressing is emulsified. Add the garlic and anchovy paste. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Dress the salad:
- In a nonstick pan, fry the chopped bacon until crisp. Set the bacon aside on a paper towel to absorb the excess fat.
- Wash the romaine lettuce, spin-dry. Reserve the outer leaves for another use. Tear the pale-green inner leaves into bite-size pieces.
- In a salad bowl, toss the romaine with the croutons, the bacon bits, and the dressing until the salad is well combined. Serve.
Nutrition Facts Table
per 1 serving (190g)
% Daily Value
ClaimsThis recipe is :
- Free :
- Added Sugar
- Excellent source of :
- Folacin, Manganese, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K
- Good source of :
- Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vitamin B12
- Source of :
- Calcium, Copper, Fibre, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, Zinc
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