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Sarah's Caesar Salad

Updated on June 10, 2009

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It’s become a tradition in our family that Friday nights are celebrated with pizza, Caesar salad, fruit smoothies and a hit movie. This is our signature Caesar salad.


2 cloves garlic (fresh)

¼ cup virgin olive oil

1 Romaine lettuce, washed

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground pepper to taste

1 tsp. lemon juice

Parmesan cheese (fresh, grated)

bacon bits (homemade)

croutons (homemade)

Remove skin from garlic cloves. Mince until fine. Place into a glass cup. Add the virgin olive oil. Let stand at room temperature for a minimum of 30 minutes. The longer it stands, the more flavorful the oil.

Wash the Romaine lettuce. Tear into bite size pieces and let stand in cold water for 15 minutes. This will crisp up the lettuce. Rinse and drain thoroughly. It is important to use dry as possible lettuce for a good tasting salad.

Place lettuce in large salad bowl. Add 2 teaspoons of the garlic oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Squeeze some lemon juice in or approximately ½ teaspoon. Toss salad until mixed. Add additional garlic oil, lemon juice and pepper if required. The lettuce should be lightly coated with the dressing. Add parmesan cheese as you toss. For a dry Caesar salad, add just enough parmesan to lightly coat the lettuce. For a creamier Caesar salad, add more parmesan to the salad until the lettuce is covered with cheese. It will become creamier as it dissolves with the lemon and garlic oil. Add bacon bits and croutons once salad has been tossed.

Fantastic as a main dish and is complimentary to pizza, soup or lentil pie! Enjoy!

Serve immediately with fresh ground pepper and additional parmesan cheese.


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      Beth100 5 years ago from Canada

      Victoria Lynn -- Good question. :) The beauty of this recipe is that you can eliminate the anchovy and it does not alter the taste of the salad. You can also try different types of oils for the dressing. Olive oil is commonly used, but I have tried grapeseed, Oly`s and several other types and the dressing is wonderful.

      Thank you and enjoy your salad!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'll have to try this, too. Why aren't there more people reading this recipe? I love the light, simple Caesar. I love Caesar dressing, have bought and tried every kind. I tried homemade but the anchovy paste turned me off. Just too strong. I'll have to try this one.

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      Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

      Molly -- It does taste good! Enjoy!

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      Molly 7 years ago

      I will try this. The salad sounds like it will taste good. Thank you for this recipe.