Caesar Salad is very common in today’s menus. Really it’s too common! This recipe is adapted from the 1961 Antoinette Pope School Cookbook. It was a cooking school in Chicago where my mom took classes in the 1940s and 1950s.
I’ve omitted the anchovies and the coddled egg. Everything else is the same. They gave you a choice with the garlic too. Either rub it in the bowl and discard it or leave it in the bowl to blend in with the dressing. Instead I minced the garlic and salt and then added it to the dressing.
The original recipe uses oil, no specific type. I like sunflower oil. It is very mild and allows the flavor of the dressing ingredients to blossom! Definitely don’t use olive oil.
4 medium cloves garlic
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup sunflower oil (not olive oil)
1/4 cup good quality white wine vinegar or white balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons dry mustard
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for sprinkling on the salad if you want
2 pounds romaine lettuce
1 cup small croutons or more
16 oz grilled chicken breast or more, optional
- Rinse the lettuce well and drain. Wrap in paper towels. Keep in the frig
- Mince the garlic and salt together to form a paste
- Combine the garlic paste and oil in a medium bowl
- Beat the mixture with a fork, whisk or immersion blender/stick blender until it’s thick.
- Add the wine vinegar and lemon juice and continue to beat together
- Add the Worcestershire, dry mustard, pepper and Parmesan. Continue to beat together.
- Tear the lettuce into bite size pieces. Place it in a large serving bowl
- Toss in the salad dressing to coat all the lettuce
- Add the croutons
- Add sliced grilled chicken if you like and drizzle more dressing over it all.
- You can also brush the dressing on the chicken before grilling or make a double batch of dressing and use half of it to marinate the chicken before grilling!
- Sprinkle more Parmesan over your salad
We’ve followed this recipe dozens of times! Can you tell? I hope you enjoy it too!