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Traycaesar salad; Quick and easy Caesar salad recipe with easy crouton recipe

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The traditional Caesar consists of romaine lettuce and a rich dressing basically comprised of lemon, anchovy, and olive oil; the salad is then topped off with Parmesan and croutons. Many recipes incorporate variations of garlic, Dijon, egg, or Worcestershire to the dressing; and bacon, grilled chicken, olives, or tomatoes can be added.

About this salad:
Hands down, one of my favorite Caesar’s has been perfected by my good friend Tracey Calderon. She infuses a delicate balance of lemon with plenty of garlic, creating a dressing that far exceeds any I have enjoyed in popular restaurants. Her claim to fame: periodically tasting the dressing and topping the salad with plenty of fresh Parmesan and gourmet, handmade croutons.

Ingredients for salad:
Romaine lettuce
fresh Parmesan
fresh garlic
salt and pepper
anchovy paste
Bragg® Liquid Aminos
lemons
cayenne pepper
horseradish
extra virgin olive oil

Instructions for the Traycaesar dressing:

Mash the following ingredients together in a mortar:
2 large cloves *garlic, pressed and mortared
1/2 t. salt

Once it is almost liquefied, scrape into a small bowl.

Add the following ingredients to garlic mixture and whisk together until smooth:
1 t. anchovy paste
Black Pepper, couple turns
¼ cup Bragg® Liquid Aminos
Juice of two small *lemons
1/8 t. cayenne pepper
½ t. pure horseradish (not creamy)

Slowly begin to drizzle in extra virgin olive oil to emulsify, whisking constantly. Add, whisk, taste, repeat.
¼ cup *olive oil

NOTE: Once you begin to add the oil, you want to be sure and not add too much; once it begins to emulsify you cannot turn back. *Always taste periodically throughout this entire recipe to assure the proper balance of flavor: garlic and lemon strength varies, so put in half and then taste before adding the remaining quantities.

Peasant Bread Croutons:
Click on link in this sentence for Peasant Bread Recipe.
Make bread the night before and serve with a meal.

With the leftover bread:

  1. Slice edges off of the bread
  2. Slice into 1-inch x 1-inch pieces

Garlic Butter:

  1. Heat a sauté pan on low heat, and brown the following:
  2. 1 T. olive oil and
  3. 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  4. Once the garlic browns lightly, pull the garlic and add ½ stick butter; stir until melted.
  5. Add croutons and brown on both sides.
  6. Rest the croutons on a paper towel.

Instructions for assembling the Traycaesar Salad:

In a large salad bowl:

  1. Cut Romaine hearts into 1-inch, bite sized pieces.
  2. Grate generous amounts of Parmesan over the lettuce.
  3. Add croutons (if you need the complete recipe, click on link in this sentence for Peasant Bread Croutons).
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
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