Caesar Salad is a standard item on a lot of restaurant menus, but can easily be made at home. It can be an appetizer or, by adding some protein such as chicken or shrimp, can be turned into a complete meal.
(Both the origin of Caesar Salad and its original dressing ingredients are debatable, but Romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese and croutons are always the base of a Caesar Salad. A homemade Caesar Salad dressing historically included lemon juice, olive oil, an egg, Worcestershire sauce OR anchovies and freshly grated black pepper.)
Today, pre-made Caesar Salad dressing is readily available on the grocery store shelves.
For 2 servings of this Caesar Salad you will need:
- 1/4 cup of pre-made Caesar salad dressing
- 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 head of Romaine lettuce
- 2/3 cup of croutons
Romaine Lettuce is the norm for a Caesar Salad. In general, choosing lettuce for a salad can be pretty confusing. Startcooking.com’s post on Salad Green From A to Z describes many of the more common types of greens available at most grocery stores.
Be sure to wash the Romaine lettuce and then chop or tear it into bite-size pieces.
Freshly grate Parmesan Cheese and add it to the lettuce.
Gently toss the salad greens with the Caesar dressing and sprinkle on the shredded cheese. Then top with some croutons.
If you like anchovies, then adding a few on top is always a tasty addition!
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