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Caesar Dressing

This Classic Salad was often done as a table-side feature, much like they do table-side guacamole at a nice Mexican restaurant. The waiter or chef would come to the table and in a wooden bowl add mustard, garlic and anchovies and grind them all together. They would then separate an egg and add an egg yolk to the bowl, whisk together and drizzle some oil as they whisk. Then a small amount of lemon juice and champagne vinegar. The dressing would be tossed with Romaine lettuce, then plated and topped with Parmesan cheese, if you were a fan an anchovy or two, with some home style croutons. A true favorite even today is this salad

Homemade Caesar Dressing vs Store Bought

Many of the things we buy only use a couple of ingredients if they were homemade, however store bought often adds a number of preservatives and additive to them that many have various opinions on the use of them.  Personally, I feel natural is better, homemade is always better.  Anytime you can avoid putting a Bi-product or something to preserve something in that isn’t 100% natural you should avoid that.  In the process of making it homemade you will avoid that additives.

To make it from scratch you will take some mustard in a bowl, mash some anchovies and garlic into the mustard and a splash of lemon juice.  Whisk all of these ingredients together.  You will take one egg and separate the yolk from the white.  Place the yolk in the bowl with the other ingredients and whisk them together.  Slowly drizzle some oil into the egg mixture while you are whisking the ingredients.  The mixture will start to get thick, continue whisking and now drizzle your vinegar. The mixture should lighten up.  Finish drizzling your oil while whisking and you may adjust vinegar slightly.

Caesar Dressing Uses

Caesar dressing is such a great salad dressing.  Most love the combination of flavors as it accompanies the romaine lettuce.  So what Caesar dressing uses might there be. Really the possibilities are endless.  Essentially you can use Caesar dressing for anything you use for a spread, a dip a marinade a glazing item.  Here are a few ideas

  • Toss your oven fried chicken into Caesar dressing then coat with bread crumbs and bake.
  • When you serve vegetables for a vegetable platter use this as one of the dips.
  • BLT won’t be the same if you use this as a condiment in place of mayonnaise
  • Marinate your steak or chicken in Caesar before grilling it
  • The next time you make pizza try a drizzle of Caesar over your chicken, and bacon pizza.  Keep the pizza white with no sauce, place your chicken (cooked) and crisp bacon bits over the top and drizzle with Caesar

An Easy Caesar Dressing Recipe

To make it from scratch you will take some mustard in a bowl, mash some anchovies and garlic into the mustard and a splash of lemon juice.  Whisk all of these ingredients together.  You will take one egg and separate the yolk from the white.  Place the yolk in the bowl with the other ingredients and whisk them together.  Slowly drizzle some oil into the egg mixture while you are whisking the ingredients.  The mixture will start to get thick, continue whisking and now drizzle your vinegar. The mixture should lighten up.  Finish drizzling your oil while whisking and you may adjust vinegar slightly.

Take note of this: whisking is the classic way to do this, however a great way to do this is use an immersion blender, you place this into a narrow container and turn this on as if you were whisking.  The trick here is that there needs to be enough volume for it to work, the blade needs to be submerged.  However if you do it works great.  To the right is a link to an immersion blender or stick blender, wand, or beurre mixer are some of the names this is referred to.

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Caesar Dressing

One of the classic salads of all time. A personal favorite, clean crisp romaine touched by this creamy caesar, delicious.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
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Servings: 8
Calories: 255kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 T Lemon Squeezed for juice
  • 1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
  • ¼ oz. Anchovy Filets
  • 2 each Egg Yolks
  • 1 tsp. Minced Garlic
  • 2 oz. White Vinegar
  • 8 oz. Olive Oil Blend
  • 1 T Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

  • Combine top ingredients in a blender or use an immersion blender, begin blending
  • Slowly add ½ oil
  • Slowly add ½ Vinegar
  • Continue adding oil
  • Finish Adding oil, check for flavor and consistency

Notes

Caesar dressing one of the classic salads of all time. A personal favorite, clean crisp romaine touched by this creamy caesar, delicious
Nutrition Facts
Caesar Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 5mg0%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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