Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Stand Out Sides: Homemade Caesar Dressing

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I love how everyone thinks salad is a super healthy dish.  If you notice when you go out to restaurants, you pour on some thick blue cheese dressing, bacon, and cheese, and before you know it, it’s as much as that delicious salmon you’re putting in your mouth.  I’m not here on a pedestal today.  Just saying that sometimes it’s good to keep it all in perspective. 
Caesar salad is something I rarely turn down but it’s getting harder than ever to find a really good one when you go out to a restaurant.  Sure there are TONS of places that serve Caesar salad.  But I want one with cheese, crunchy and crisp croutons, flavorful dressing with just a hint of tang.
When I made the decision to make a Valentine’s Day dinner for us, I tried to recreate a restaurant feel.  I made a little menu, 3 courses, and dishes that we’d always order out and maybe not always make at home.  Because what is Valentine’s Day if it’s not an excuse to splurge a little – am I right?  The only problem?  Once you make this yourself, you’ll never look at Caesar the same way again.
Caesar Dressing (adapted from here)
2 small garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Salad:
Romaine Lettuce (torn into bite-sized pieces)
Croutons
Shaved Parmesan Cheese

In a large bowl, whisk together garlic, anchovy paste, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce.  Slowly add the mayonnaise and Parmigiano-Reggiano, stirring constantly until fully combined.  Add salt and pepper.  Stir.  Keeps in the fridge refrigerated for up to 1 week.

To make the salad, toss Romaine, croutons, and dressing.  Top with Parmesan and serve immediately.  

Until the next time my oven is on…

4 comments:

  1. I love a good Caesar salad, and this dressing sounds fantastic. Great photos too!

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    1. Thanks Laura - I'm trying to work on pulling the camera out of the food a little more the way you can showcase a whole pudding and make it look gorgeous ;)

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