With the new year off to a flying start, I wanted to kick things off with a great little recipe for a well-known favourite. A classic Caesar Salad is definitely an easy dish to serve and with many restaurants offering their versions, I wanted to throw mine into the equation. I am one of *those* people who don’t like anchovies, though, so I tend to leave them out or add in either tuna or salmon flakes for a bit of a fishy kick. If done right, this can be a seriously tasty meal with homemade croutons and dressing really giving it its tangy edge:
Ingredients for the salad:
1 garlic clove, cut in half
Juice of 2 lemons
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 tbsps Dijon mustard
120ml olive oil
64g freshly grated parmesan cheese
2-3 heads of romaine lettuce, washed and hand torn into pieces
Ingredients for the croutons:
1 loaf of bread, cut into little squares, leave the crusts on (if you like them) for more texture
120ml olive oil
1/2 tsp Herbs de Provence (optional)
Salt and pepper for seasoning
1. Take the sliced garlic clove and rub it on the inside of your serving bowl, then discard.
2. Put the lemon juice, mustard and egg yolk into a blender and mix until all the ingredients are combined. Add in anchovies (if you like them) or salmon flakes can work really well in their place. With the blender still running, slowly pour in the olive oil.
When done blending, pour the dressing into a bowl, mix in the parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. The dressing will keep for a couple of days in the fridge.
3. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of dressing into the serving bowl and spread it around with the back of a spoon, then add the romaine lettuce and gently toss. Add more dressing as desired, and toss again. Finish with some shaved parmesan and sprinkling of salt.
Then add the croutons:
1. Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 or 190 degrees centigrade.
2. Place your bread cubes into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Mix to coat the bread and season with salt and pepper.
3. Spread the cubes on to a baking sheet and cook for 15-17 minutes, till you reach your desired crispness.
4. Remove your pan from the oven and finish with a sprinkling of Herbs de Provence.
5. Allow your croutons to cool slightly before adding them to the salad.
Are you a fan of Caesar Salad? What do you do that sets yours apart?