Caesar Dressing

caesar dressing

Caesar salad is one of my husband’s favorite dishes to order in restaurants. It’s pretty simple, and seems like kind of a waste to pay $11 for romaine lettuce and croutons (usually they don’t offer anchovies on top. Even if they did, he wouldn’t want them). So, I searched through cookbooks, asked some friends, and finally found a recipe for the dressing that was simple, but had good layers of flavors, and included anchovies in it.

Why anchovies?

Because even though there are lots of different ideas of what the “authentic” dressing consists of, I’m pretty sure anchovies is always one of those ingredients.

Also, though the recipe called for parmesan cheese, I left that out. Why? So I could make a caesar salad with chicken if I wanted to! If we’re having dairy, I’ll just shred some cheese on top.

anchovies!

blending

I just love using my immersion blender to make dressings…maybe it’s because I don’t have a regular one? But it’s just so great to measure in this cup, and so neat, too! Cleaning blenders is pretty hard, the blade always gets in the way!

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Caesar Dressing:

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 can anchovies
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon worstershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions:

1. Slice the garlic thinly and add to food processor or blender.

2. Add anchovies, pulse.

3. Add everything except for the cheese, pulse.

4. If using cheese, whisk in by hand.

5. To serve, wash and dry cut up romaine lettuce and add croutons (I use homemade ones made from leftover challah). Dress lightly and enjoy!

 

 

  • Thejewishhostess

    Thanks girls- I really could use a good Caesar Dressing recipe. Just got back from Pomegranate! Wish I saw this post before. Would have bought anchovies there. P.S. I love my immersion blender too!

  • http://www.ronniefein.com/ Ronnie Fein

    Caesar salad is my favorite and I like mine not only with mashed anchovies in the dressing but with extra anchovies on top. And lots of cheese. No other protein for me. Just give me the salad and many homemade croutons. That’s enough of a meal for me. Glass of white wine too.

  • Melinda Strauss

    This is a great recipe. I never make my own Caesar dressing but I love the idea of adding the anchovies. So authentic and brave of you :)

  • Sarah Klinkowitz

    Anchovies always made me nervous but you make it seem so simple and yummy. My minhag is to not serve fish and cheese in the same dish, but I would most likely go for the fish before the cheese anyway! Thank you so much!

  • http://twitter.com/dinnerinvenice Dinner in Venice

    I love my immersion blender for dressings too! Best tool in the kitchen, can never go wrong with Caesar salad.

  • Chanie@BusyInBrooklyn

    Anchovies used to freak me out but once I started eating them in salad dressings, I realized that they’re not fishy at all – they just add a great richness to everything!

  • http://joyofkosher.com/ Tamar Genger

    This is very similar to my dressing, I love lots of lemon and lots of garlic.

  • LeahCohn

    Just remember- if you add the anchovies, omit the chicken to avoid mixing meat and fish. :-) Make sure to check your worstershire sauce’s hechsher for “fish” as well.