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:
salt and pepper
Bragg® Liquid Aminos
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:
- Slice edges off of the bread
- Slice into 1-inch x 1-inch pieces
- Heat a sauté pan on low heat, and brown the following:
- 1 T. olive oil and
- 2 cloves garlic, smashed
- Once the garlic browns lightly, pull the garlic and add ½ stick butter; stir until melted.
- Add croutons and brown on both sides.
- Rest the croutons on a paper towel.
Instructions for assembling the Traycaesar Salad:
In a large salad bowl:
- Cut Romaine hearts into 1-inch, bite sized pieces.
- Grate generous amounts of Parmesan over the lettuce.
- Add croutons (if you need the complete recipe, click on link in this sentence for Peasant Bread Croutons).
- Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.