Homemade Caesar Dressing And Caesar Salad Ideas

Homemade Caesar dressing is a lot easier than it might seem. There are plenty of variations for creamy Caesar dressing. Some recipes use eggs or mayonnaise. But ours has vinegar and lemon for tangy freshness.

Fresh Grated Parmesan
Fresh Grated Parmesan

Secrets Of Good Caesar Dressing

Caesar dressing in fine restaurants get a slightly salty taste and umami feel from anchovy paste. We use that as well. But if you don’t have anchovies to smash or paste in your pantry, don’t worry. Combining the other simple ingredients with plenty of garlic and Parmesan cheese will give you a taste you love.

Parmesan Cheese
Parmesan Cheese

Homemade Caesar Dressing

Here’s our very simple recipe for homemade Ceasar dressing. We’ll also give you plenty of ideas to make Caesar salad creations that make great sides as well as entire meals.

Garlic And Lemon
Garlic And Lemon

Ingredients

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon anchovy paste or smashed anchovy (if you have it)
2 cloves fresh garlic smashed or pureed (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
1/3 – 1/2 cup of grated, shredded, or shaved Parmesan cheese
Fresh ground pepper to taste, optional

For salad:

Romaine Lettuce
Romaine Lettuce

Greens of choice (Romaine is classic, but any lettuce, kale, shaved Brussel sprouts, Napa cabbage and other greens work well too)

Kale
Kale

Croutons

Directions

In a large mixing bowl combine oil, vinegar, lemon, anchovy, and garlic. Mix well until combined.
Add lettuce or greens and stir to coat.
You can then either add Parmesan cheese and toss with greens or after plating sprinkle Parmesan to the top – or as we do, both!

Caesar Salad Fixings
Caesar Salad Fixings

If you want to make easy homemade croutons for your Caesar salad, just take 2 slices of any bread and cut into cubes. Melt 1/4 cup of butter in a medium bowl. Add garlic powder and dried herbs like basil and oregano if you want garlic-herb croutons. Toss the cubes in the butter then place them on the baking sheet. Bake in oven or toaster oven at 450 for 5 minutes or until golden, turning midway.

Croutons
Croutons

Caesar Salad Ideas

Salads made with your homemade Caesar dressing can be as light or filling as you would like. Here are just a few ideas for how you can make your Caesar salad shine.

Classic Caesar
Classic Caesar

Chicken Caesar Salad – Add some grilled or leftover rotisserie chicken to your salad and top with Ceasar dressing.

Chicken Caesar With Green Lettuce
Chicken Caesar With Green Lettuce

Kale Caesar Salad – Looking for even more vitamins and nutrition. Try using kale instead of lettuce for an extra healthy version of Caesar salad. If you like you can even blanch the kale first to make it a little easier to work with and eat.

Kale Ceasar Salad
Kale Ceasar Salad

Salmon Caesar Salad – Salmon pairs well with the flavors of our homemade Caesar dressing so top your Caesar salad with a nice grilled piece of fish.

Shrimp Ceasar Salad – If you love the flavors of grilled shrimp, add a few to your Caesar salad for a filling but low-calorie meal. Because our homemade Caesar dressing does not add eggs or mayonnaise, it’s lighter on calories, but big on flavor.

Shrimp Caesar Salad
Shrimp Caesar Salad

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad – If you happen to have some Brussel sprouts on hand that you’ve been looking for something new to do with, shave them thin and coat with our homemade Caesar dressing. You’ll find they work quite well in delivering a little extra crunch with a mild flavor that complements the Caesar dressing well.

Brussel Sprouts
Brussel Sprouts

Steak Caesar Salad – Carnivores will be totally satisfied when you place some slices of their favorite steak on top of Caesar salad. It’s a perfect pairing.

Steak Caesar
Steak Caesar

Add Your Own Favorite Ingredients

Whatever you have on hand and like to eat can work with our homemade Caesar dressing. We’ve paired it with canned tuna or chicken, and even deviled eggs. Use your imagination and enjoy a quick and tasty meal that won’t keep you in the kitchen for long.

Ceasar With Deviled Eggs
Ceasar With Deviled Eggs

For some other easy and great ideas for pantry cooking check out our Cheese Quesadilla Recipe + Quesadilla Ideas and easy Lemon Pasta.

 

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