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Caesar Salad with Homemade Caesar Dressing

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The best caesar salad salad means: fresh crisp romaine, topped with homemade croutons, Parmesan shavings and a creamy Caesar dressing (minus the anchovies)!
Course Homemade Ingredients & Condiments
Cuisine American
Keyword caesar dressing, croutons, garlic, homemade, salad dressing
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 37 mins
Servings 6 servings
Calories 593
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup mayonnaise homemade or store bought
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 heaping teaspoon grainy Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil plus two tablespoons, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper plus two pinches, divided
  • 6 slices crusty bread cut into cubes
  • kosher salt
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese shavings more or less


  • In a small food processor, pulse the garlic until minced.
  • Add in the mayo, ground mustard, Dijon, vinegar, Worcestershire and Parmesan. Secure the lid and slowly pour in the olive oil. Season with a 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper and pulse until combined. Pour in a container with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut the bread into cubes, place on a rimmed sheet pan and toss with olive oil, two pinches of kosher salt and black pepper. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden and crispy. Remove and let cool.
  • Wash, dry and chop the romaine. Place the lettuce into a large bowl and top with the cooled croutons and Parmesan shavings.
  • Plate and serve with the homemade Caesar dressing and more black pepper if desired.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 593kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 790mg | Potassium: 384mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 9219IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 212mg | Iron: 4mg