Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons

>> Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I was glancing through a cookbook (which will remain nameless) and I saw a recipe for Caesar salad that consisted not only of store bought croutons but also store bought salad dressing. Really?! You need a recipe for that?! It provided me with some motivation to make a Caesar salad from scratch and it was a success!

Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons

For the croutons
stale bread, cut into chunks
2-3 T olive oil
1 T parsley, minced

For the salad
4 anchovy fillets, slightly mashed
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 egg
juice of 1 lemon
1/3 c olive oil
salt and pepper
2 Romaine hearts, torn into small pieces
Parmesan cheese, shredded or grated

1.) To make the croutons, toss the bread chunks with the olive oil and parsley. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned and crisped, tossing once during cooking. Let cool.

2.) To make the dressing, combine the anchovies, garlic, egg, lemon juice, and olive oil in a blender. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.

3.) To make the salad, toss the romaine and croutons with the dressing. Sprinkle with parmesan and serve!


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