Who doesn’t love a creamy caesar salad dressing topped with crunchy croutons and parmesan cheese? Right!? It is absolutely delicious, pairing well with a variety of grilled meats and pastas, making it the ultimate summer BBQ salad. This dreadful winter weather has had us craving summer food and so a few weeks ago we braved the cold and grilled some burgers on the BBQ and made this caesar salad to accompany it. It was a big hit with the whole family.
I wish that I could take credit for this incredible caesar salad dressing but I have tried a dozen other ones and always fall back to the one that Jenn Segal from Once Upon a Chef has created. Instead of using anchovy fillets like most recipes call for, she uses anchovy paste (way less gross), with Parmigiano-Reggiano (instead of parmesan) and then the standard dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, garlic and salt/pepper. It is by far the best caesar dressing that I have tried and continue to make over and over again.
The next time you are looking for a simple, yet delicious caesar dressing, give this one a try and skip the jarred stuff. You’ll be so glad that you did and this too will become your go to dressing. This pairs well with our Sneaky Spaghetti & Meatballs and our Pasta Bolognese with 7 Sneaky Veggies.
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- 2 small garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1-1/2 - 2 heads romaine lettuce washed and torn into bite-sized pieces
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the garlic, anchovy paste, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
- Add the mayonnaise, Parmigiano-Reggiano, salt and pepper and whisk until well combined.
- Toss with romaine lettuce and top with croutons and bacon if desired.
*Recipe is from Jenn Segal from Once Upon a Chef, Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing.