Caesar Salad Recipe with Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

06.21.2018

The Best Caesar Salad Recipe with Homemade Caesar Dressing! Once you try this you’ll never want the store-bought dressing and croutons again! This is the creamiest most flavorful dressing and those perfectly crisp fresh croutons are truly irresistible.

Caesar Salad in a large bowl with homemade caesar salad dressing

Caesar Salad Recipe

The traditional Caesar salad dressing calls for raw egg yolks but that’s just not really my thing, so I prefer to just use mayonnaise because it still contains egg yolks and the oil needed but they egg yolks are pasteurized. So you still get a rich and creamy dressing without using raw eggs.

For the base of the salad I like to use Romaine hearts because they are more crisp than the outer leaves on a head of Romaine lettuce, but if a head of romaine is what you’ve got feel free to use that.

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Then of course, those homemade croutons are a must. They really turn a good salad into an incredible salad.

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Also a must are the anchovies. I used to try to avoid using them but really they are a game changer. Those tiny little things really pack a flavorful punch, so just pinch your nose and get smashing (and yes the whole anchovies vs. paste really are better so skip the paste).

Ingredients for Caesar Salad romaine lettuce lemon anchovies garlic bread parmesan dijon mustard olive oil mayonnaise salt pepper Worcestershire

Ingredients for this Recipe

  • Romaine hearts
  • Day old hearty bread
  • Olive oil
  • Mayonnaise (use good quality for best results)
  • Lemon
  • Dijon mustard
  • Worcestershire
  • Parmesan
  • Anchovies
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper

Caesar Salad making homemade croutons tearing small pieces of fresh bread

How to Make Caesar Salad and Caesar Salad Dressing

First you’ll preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut bakery bread into slices then tear bread into 3/4-inch pieces and place close together on baking sheet. Drizzle slowly and evenly with olive oil then toss and spread out on baking sheet.

finished baked croutons for caesar salad

Bake in preheated oven until golden brown and crisp, about 15 – 18 minutes, tossing once halfway through. Let cool.

Caesar Salad dressing before mixing

Make the dressing by whisking together mayonnaise, lemon juice, dijon, Worcestershire, parmesan, anchovies, garlic, salt and pepper. (Note that some anchovies will mash up better than others, these I used here weren’t as soft but normally I prefer to mash almost to a paste).

Finished Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

You can transfer the dressing to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week if you aren’t using it right away.

To assemble the salad place the chopped (rinsed and dried) lettuce into a large bowl, pour dressing evenly over top then toss to coat with dressing.

Adding dressing for Caesar Salad

Then add in parmesan and croutons and toss. Serve immediately.

Tossing Caesar Salad in Salad Bowl

Adding Chicken to this Caesar Salad

You can definitely add chicken to this salad. You can use grilled chicken, baked chicken, skillet seared chicken or rotissierie chicken. Grilled chicken is best in my opinion.

For grilled chicken use 2 (8 oz.) boneless skinless chicken breasts, flatten them out to an even thickness with the flat side of a meat mallet, brush both sides lightly with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and a little garlic powder and onion powder. Grill on preheated medium-high grill for about 4 minutes per side or until 165 in center. Let cool about 10 minutes before chopping.

For baked chicken breasts, it will be the same method to prep the chicken but for baking you’ll place the chicken on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in preheated 400 degree oven for about 15 – 20 minutes.

For skillet seared chicken you’ll use the same prep method but skip brushing with oil, then cook chicken in 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat until cooked through, about 5 – 6 minutes per side.

Caesar Salad Recipe Homemade Dressing

Can I Lighten up the Dressing?

If you are looking to make a less indulgent dressing with less calories I’ve got this recipe here. This recipe listed below with the mayonnaise is actually my favorite but for days when you don’t want to splurge as much you can make the other Greek yogurt version.

What About Using a Full Head of Romain Lettuce?

I like to use the two Romaine hearts or 1 head of lettuce works too. But keep in mind every head of lettuce and the Romaine hearts vary in size so use your best judgement to estimate that you’ll have the best lettuce to dressing ratio you like.

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Caesar Salad and Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

5 from 3 votes

This is my favorite caesar salad! It's made with a rich and creamy homemade dressing and perfectly golden brown, crisp fresh croutons and lots of Parmesan. Don't shy away from the anchovies, they really pack flavor into this dressing and give it that classic caesar flare.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caesar salad, creamy caesar salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 327 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 4 cups hearty day old bread, torn into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large Romaine hearts (or 1 head Romaine lettuce), chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded parmesan

Dressing

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire
  • 4 anchovies packed in oil, drained, minced then mashed
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (2 tsp)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place bread pieces close together on a rimmed 18 by 13-inch then drizzle slowly and evenly with olive oil, then toss to coat.

  2. Spread bread across baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown and crisp, tossing once halfway through, about 15 - 20 minutes total.

  3. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, dijon mustard, Worcestershire, anchovies, garlic, 1/4 cup parmesan and season with salt and pepper to taste (you may only need a pinch of salt, then about scant 1/2 tsp pepper).

  4. Place lettuce in a large bowl, pour in dressing then toss to evenly coat with dressing, then toss in croutons and remaining parmesan.

  5. Serve salad immediately.

  6. Recipe source: inspired by Gourmet and others

Nutrition Facts
Caesar Salad and Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 327 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 519mg 22%
Potassium 56mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 2.4%
Vitamin C 2.1%
Calcium 12.8%
Iron 5.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

8 comments

  • Kathy Sesma: All I can say is Excellent! July 29, 2018 at 1:07pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear it! Thanks for the review! July 30, 2018 at 2:31pm Reply

  • Kelly: Very good I just changed a few things, I used an anchovy paste,yum, and added garlic to the croutons. Tossed with grilled chicken what a great dinner. June 27, 2018 at 7:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked this recipe Kelly! Thanks for your feedback! June 27, 2018 at 8:08pm Reply

  • Becky: This dressing was perfect! And I agree the anchovies were a must. I might try to do light mayo next time. Thanks for the recipe! June 23, 2018 at 11:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked it Becky! Thanks for your comment! June 24, 2018 at 12:00pm Reply

  • Carissa Nelson | Spoonful of Easy: My first thought was, “But what about the raw egg yolks?” So glad you went with a non-raw egg option! Looks amazing! June 22, 2018 at 9:03am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yeah not my thing especially if I’m going to feed it to my kids. Hope you enjoy! June 24, 2018 at 12:01pm Reply

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