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Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

If you’ve never made a homemade Caesar salad, then you might be surprised by just how easy it is to whip up. Our version includes fresh homemade croutons and a rich and tangy homemade Caesar salad dressing. The simplicity of a Caesar salad is unmatched. It’s simple enough to make during the week and pairs well with lots of main dishes. It’s always my go-to whenever I’m eating out at a nice restaurant, but the truth is…this homemade Caesar salad recipe is wayyy better than any restaurant version. Let me show you just how easy it is to make!

Overhead view of a plate of caesar salad with a gold fork on the side.

Ingredients For Caesar Salad

All it takes are a few simple ingredients to make this fresh Caesar Salad recipe:

  • Romaine Lettuce: Fresh, crisp romaine lettuce is the base of this salad.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Since this salad is relatively simple to make with simple ingredients, we spent extra using fresh Parmesan from a Parmesan cheese wedge.
  • Homemade Croutons: Homemade croutons are a must friends! They are so easy to make and taste way better than those store-bought ones. Trust me!
  • Caesar Salad Dressing: A fresh batch of homemade Caesar salad dressing can be made in hardly no time. But if you are really short on time, you can also use store-bought dressing instead.

Caesar Salad Dressing

Our creamy homemade caesar salad dressing is rich, tangy, super flavorful, and really easy to whip up! And our version is simple thanks to the use of mayonnaise instead of making your own egg and oil emulsion. It includes a combination of lemon, garlic, anchovy filets, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, Parmesan, and freshly cracked black pepper. It has lots of complex flavors and tastes absolutely delicious with this Caesar salad!

Easy Homemade Croutons

The real key to any great Caesar salad, imo, are homemade croutons! Ok, second to the dressing of course 🙂 They’re crispy, crunchy, and oh-so-flavorful! And the best part is…they’re super easy to make! We made a quick batch of our Easy Homemade Croutons recipe with some crusty bread, olive oil, and seasoning. That’s it! Trust me, it will take your salad to the next level, so don’t skip it!

What To SErve with Caesar Salad?

One of the best ways to enjoy this simple caesar salad is by adding some grilled chicken, Pan Seared Chicken, or Air Fryer Chicken on top for a quick and easy chicken caesar salad. Salmon and shrimp also taste great with this salad! Or simply add this salad as a side dish along side your favorite dinner recipes like Homemade Lasagna or Creamy Garlic Chicken.

Overhead view of a serving bowl of caesar salad with a napkin, croutons, caesar dressing, and parmesan cheese on the side.
Overhead view of a plate of caesar salad with a gold fork on the side.

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Caesar Salad

This easy Caesar Salad recipe is made with homemade croutons and a rich & flavorful Caesar salad dressing. It’s simple enough to make any day of the week!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Total Cost $8.50 recipe / $1.42 serving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 240kcal

Ingredients

Caesar Salad Dressing

Salad

  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce $3.73
  • 2 cups croutons $0.71
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan $0.89

Instructions

  • Start by making the Caesar salad dressing. Zest and juice the lemon. You’ll need about 3 Tbsp juice and 1 tsp lemon zest. Finely mince the garlic and anchovy filets. Reserve about ½ tsp of the oil from the anchovy container.
  • In a medium bowl add the lemon juice, zest, minced garlic, minced anchovies, anchovy oil, and pepper. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and grated Parmesan to the bowl and whisk to combine again. Taste the dressing and adjust the ingredients to your liking.
  • Next chop, wash, and dry the Romaine lettuce. Add the lettuce to a large bowl.
  • Top the lettuce with the croutons, shredded Parmesan, and half of the Caesar salad dressing (start with half the dressing and add more as needed). Toss the salad until everything is coated in the dressing. Serve with extra Parmesan cheese and freshly cracked black pepper on top. Enjoy!

See how we calculate recipe costs here.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Sodium: 529mg | Fiber: 2g
Overhead view of a plate of Caesar salad with a hand holding a fork eating a bite on the side.

How to Make A Caesar Salad – Step by Step Photos

Caesar dressing ingredients in a bowl.

Start by making the Caesar salad dressing. Zest and juice 1 lemon. You’ll need about 3 Tbsp juice and 1 tsp lemon zest. Finely mince 3 cloves of garlic and 3 anchovy filets. Reserve about ½ tsp of the oil from the anchovy container.

In a medium bowl add the lemon juice, zest, minced garlic, minced anchovies, anchovy oil, and 1/4 tsp pepper. Whisk to combine.

Parmesan and mayo added to Caesar dressing in a bowl.

Add 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan and whisk to combine again.

Fully mixed Caesar dressing in a bowl.

Taste the dressing and adjust the ingredients to your liking.

Chopped romaine lettuce on a cutting board.

Next chop, wash, and dry 8 cups of Romaine lettuce. Add the lettuce to a large bowl.

Romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, croutons, and Caesar dressing added to a serving bowl.

Top the lettuce with 2 cups croutons, 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan, and half of the Caesar salad dressing (start with half the dressing and add more as needed).

Caesar salad being tossed in a serving bowl.

Toss the salad until everything is coated in the dressing.

Overhead view of a serving bowl of caesar salad with a napkin, croutons, caesar dressing, and parmesan cheese on the side.

Serve with extra Parmesan cheese and freshly cracked black pepper on top. Enjoy!

Overhead view of Caesar salad plated with creamy garlic chicken.

*Pictured with our Creamy Garlic Chicken

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