Traditional and classic Caesar Salad with house made caesar dressing, is just one of those recipes you'll keep coming back to.
- 2 heads ROMAINE LETTUCE
- 4 slices CIABATTA bread
- 3 tablespoons of melted BUTTER
- 1 GARLIC clove finely minced, for croutons
- ½ cup of CAESAR DRESSING (see recipe)
- PARMESAN CHEESE SHAVINGS as wanted
- BLACK PEPPER
- Step 1 Start by making the croutons, the first thing you want to do is spread the ciabatta bread with some melted butter, then spread the minced garlic onto the bread as well. Go ahead and move the bread into a toaster oven or a grill to get the bread nice and toasted. Let it cool off and then cut the bread into small squares, and that’s it, save for later use.
- Step 2 For the lettuce, chopped the romaine lettuce heads roughly and make sure you leave the end part out, the closer you get to the root the bitter the lettuce gets, and it doesn’t taste good on your salad. Make sure you wash the lettuce and drain it very well, you don’t want a watery dressing later.
- Step 3 To build the salad, get a large mixing bowl, add the lettuce and mix with some extra virgin olive oil and some salt. Get in the habit of always adding olive oil and salt to your lettuce before the dressing, this helps the lettuce stand the acid of the dressing and it won’t get soggy. Immediately after you mix the lettuce with the oil and salt add the Caesar dressing and toss it vey well, transfer the lettuce to a serving bowl or platter and top with croutons, parmesan cheese and garnish with parmesan shavings as you wish.
Caesar Salad is the most popular salad all over the world, and this traditional salad comes to us thanks to Mr. Caesar Cardini from Mexico, that’s right, Mexico. One of the most emblematic “italian salads” in culinary history was created in Tijuana-Mexico around the 1920’s when prohibition was happening.
At the time Mr. Cardini, an Italian inmigrant in Tijuana, had an italian restaurant close enough to the border that many American tourist would come down to have a proper dinner, you know, cocktails, wine and good italian food. In one of his efforts to make the restaurant experience more appealing to the tourist, he came up with the idea of serving a salad table side, the recipe he choosed was originally from his brother, but he transformed it a little to fit the customers and ingredients around the area that were easy to find. In no time, the Caesar salad was born and everybody that visited his restaurant could enjoy this amazing recipe with all of it’s treats like fresh parmesan shavings and housemade croutons.
Give it a chance, this is my housemade version of a traditional favorite, make sure you make the dressing at home also, trust me, it’s an experience. LET’S GET COOKING!!!