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My generous friend, Craig, gave up his top secret recipe for the Perfect Caesar Salad. You’ll definitely want to make this one at home!

Perfect Caesar Salad in a wooden salad bowl with croutons and shaved Parmesan

The Perfect Caesar Salad

Bill happens to love Caesar salad. As long as the anchovies are not staring up at him or the possibility that he’s ingesting raw eggs mentioned, he will order this whenever it’s on the menu.

One of my girlfriends revealed that she hadn’t found the perfect Caesar dressing recipe and another was on the hunt for the perfect balsamic vinaigrette. I thought it was time for another cooking class at Chez Skinny Chick. Instead of my typical emphasis on sweets, it was going to be lunch gathering with a focus on greens, including the perfect Caesar salad.


Perfect Caesar Salad in a wooden salad bowl

Tips for the Best Caesar Salad

Craig provided a detailed recipe with his tips.

  • The first was to use a wooden salad bowl. You may want to designate one just for this salad as his second tip was to rub garlic all over its interior. Your bowl may never lose the garlicky essence!
  • The next was not to skip (or skimp on) the anchovies. I chopped mine fine so they just provided a salty, depth of flavor. No one is going to pick up on any fishy undertones—otherwise, Bill never would have ordered this classic a second time! Watch your salt. I’m not even sure this salad needed any additional salt with the anchovies and Parmesan cheese. Taste before adding any.
  • And the last tips are from me: make homemade croutons. I simply cubed some sturdy bread and sauteed it in a mixture of butter and olive oil till toasted. A light sprinkle of salt and they’re ready to go. Check out this recipe for 4-ingredient homemade croutons for details.
  • Another one of my tips is to hunt down some pasteurized eggs. You can coddle an egg for this salad dressing, but the classic recipe uses a raw egg. The pasteurization process brings the egg to a temperature high enough to kill any salmonella bacteria without cooking the egg. The brand I use is Davidson’s Safest Choice.

My friends had high praise for this salad, plus my favorite balsamic vinaigrette over arugula. It didn’t take much arm twisting to persuade them to sample my fabulous Coca Cola Cake, too. Stay tuned for a terrific blue cheese dressing coming at the end of next month.

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Perfect Caesar Salad - Make your favorite restaurant salad at home!

Perfect Caesar Salad

A restaurant worthy Caesar salad you can make at home!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 3 Romaine lettuce hearts (cut into slices)
  • 6 chopped anchovy fillets (packed in oil)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 egg (coddled or pasteurized, I used Safest Choice brand), lightly whisked
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt, optional (the anchovies are very salty, so do not salt unless you omit the anchovies)
  • Croutons, to taste, homemade preferred (saute bread cubes in olive oil and butter, then lightly salt)

Instructions

  1. Rub garlic into large wooden salad bowl. Add anchovies, Worcestershire, pepper, and mustard and stir to combine.
  2. Add lettuce and toss.
  3. Add lemon juice and egg and toss again.
  4. Mix in Parmesan and croutons, toss and serve.

Notes

Recipe courtesy of my friend, Craig Thomson

Caesar salad with Safest Choice Eggs

Showing my friends the pasteurized eggs.

 

salad fixings

Salad toppers to go with our greens and freshly made salad dressings.

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30 comments on “Perfect Caesar Salad”

  1. It’s 5AM… And now I want salad:@) Great tips, I’ve never worked with anchovies… Might be fun to give it a try!

  2. I also love Caesar salad 🙂 but with anchovies.. 😀

  3. Oooh, I love that salad topper bar. That’s such a good idea. I love a good caesar salad. Occasionally, I crave them like mad and that’s all I want. Looks like I’ll be making this soon.

  4. Even when the thought of salad is not appetizing I will still want Caesar. It was the worst when I was pregnant and the whole raw egg thing got in the way. This looks fantastic.

  5. Dear Lizzy, you look terrific! This salad sounds wonderful …a meal in itself! xo, Catherine

  6. Terrific recipe! I use pasteurized eggs for this, too. Why worry about safety? And I agree that with the anchovies and cheese little or no added salt is needed. Really good stuff — thanks.

  7. A salad party sounds so fun! I love Caesar salad – it’s one of my favorites. And when I first found out anchovies were in it, I was so shocked because it isn’t fishy in the slightest, but rather savory and well-rounded… it’s totally that umami flavor going on. Love these tips!

  8. Lizzy I love Caesar salad and this look delicious !
    xoxo

  9. This looks wonderfully healthy, but I think I’d still be craving that rich creamy dressing that you get on a traditional caesar!

  10. So good to see you! I have an irrational fear of anchovies but this looks so good I may have to go for it.

  11. This is the real deal – I’ve always “cheated” when making this salad. Gotta try this. BTW – you look awesome!

  12. Who doesn’t love Caesar Salad? This looks perfect and I am so happy that it is Bill approved!

  13. Great to have a classic and perfect recipe like this. Thanks, Liz (and Craig).

  14. Thank you, Liz, for the reminders on what makes a great salad. Definitely clipping this recipe for my Florida visit to my father. Caesar is one of his favorites =)

  15. Love Caesar Salad but never had it this way.. will definitely give this a try.

  16. A salad bar sounds like so much fun! Love these tips, Liz and you look gorgeous! Caesar salad is my husband’s favorite and I can’t wait to try this one!

  17. What a coincidence! I do love caesar salad…with anchovies. This recipe is a great idea for picky eater and it enhances more flavor!

  18. I wish I had a wooden salad bowl. So want one now after reading your post Liz. Ceasar salad is for sure one of our favorite salads, strange that it’s barely known in India. Maybe somebody should make an Indian version.

  19. I loved reading and getting tips on this Caesar Salad! The wooden bowl and garlic trick is awesome. I always want one more salad bowl (particularly nice wooden one with matching serving spoons) and this is a great reason to move forward with my idea. 😉 Thanks for sharing! 😀

  20. My favorite kind of salad to order out. You make it look so easy to make at home as well. Such a cute photo of you with the eggs. 🙂

  21. Caesar salad is one of my absolute favourites, Liz. We grow our own baby cos specially for this in summer! Peter hates the anchovies, so I leave them out. More for me! Love all your hints and tips xox

  22. This looks like the perfect salad. I love the ingredients that go into this Caesar salad.

  23. Goodness, how can you be surrounded by so much food and be such a skinny chick? You amaze me!! Looks like a perfect Caesar salad to me. 🙂

  24. I’m so glad your friend gave up the recipe, now I can try this amazing looking salad dressing at home!

  25. Lizzy,
    I love caesar salad and this recipe. The hubby enjoys anything with anchovies so this will disappear when I make it.
    Annamaria

  26. Pasteurized eggs scare me, but Craig is a wise man with a winning recipe. GREG

  27. As I have been on a 30-year (yes, you read that correctly) search for the perfect Caesar Salad since living in Southern California where the original was created (in Tijuana, Mexico for celebrities), I am willing to try any and every recipe for Caesar Salad . . . my hands-down-fave-of-all-time salads! No kidding, i am that crazy serious about this salad . . . even bought a cookbook with gazillions of recipes for Caesar salads…….I’ll certainly try this recipe out, Liz! Thank you!!!!!!
    xo
    Roz

  28. How many servings does this make? I want to make about 2 servings so I can eat it in a few days. I don’t need to make enough for a get together.

  29. Yay! Bill enjoys a good Caesar Salad. No wonder – love the look and sound of this and great tips such as the garlic on the inside of the bowl. I wonder if my Antoine would take to a salad finally after all these years. If Bill can have this then so can he. I adore this – thanks for the push in adding this to the menu at home, Liz.

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