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The Classic Caesar Salad: A Timeless Culinary Delight

The Caesar salad is a beloved classic that has stood the test of time, captivating palates across the globe with its harmonious blend of flavours and textures.
Originating in Mexico, this iconic dish has become a staple on menus worldwide, celebrated for its ability to elevate even the simplest of meals.

At the heart of the Caesar salad lies the dressing, a flavoursome and tangy concoction that perfectly coats the crisp cos lettuce.
The key ingredients, which include olive oil, sea salt, ground black pepper, red wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce, work in perfect harmony to create a flavour profile that is both sophisticated and irresistible.

No Caesar salad is complete without the addition of homemade garlic croutons.
These golden-brown cubes of toasted bread not only provide a delightful crunch but also infuse the dish with the aromatic essence of garlic, further enhancing the overall experience.

Whether served as a light starter or as the main attraction, the Caesar salad remains a timeless classic that continues to captivate and delight discerning palates.
Its enduring popularity is a testament to the skill and artistry of its creators, who have managed to craft a dish that is both simple and extraordinary.

Caesar Salad with Garlic Croutons

How to Make a Classic Caesar Salad

Elevate your salad game with this easy-to-make Caesar salad recipe. Learn the secrets to the perfect Caesar dressing and homemade croutons for a restaurant-quality meal at home.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian, Mexican
Servings 2 serves
Calories 826 kcal


  • Small container with a fitted lid or Medium size bowl and Whisk
  • Large bowl
  • Small saucepan
  • Baking tray greased


Caesar Dressing:

  • ¼ cup olive oil extra-virgin
  • heavy pinch of sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • drizzle of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Garlic Croûtons:

  • 1 loaf stale bread sourdough or white
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Caesar Salad:

  • 1 head cos lettuce
  • 2 soft-boiled Fggs


Caesar Dressing:

  • Add the ¼ cup olive oil, heavy pinch of sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, drizzle of red wine vinegar and 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce to a small container with a fitted lid.
  • Shake well to combine.
  • Or, add to a medium size bowl and whisk to combine.

Garlic Croûtons:

  • Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F).
  • Cut the 1 loaf stale bread into 5cm/2" cubes.
  • Place the bread cubes in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Heat ¼ cup olive oil and 2 tsp garlic powder in a small saucepan over medium heat until the garlic begins to turn fragrant.
  • This should take about 4-5 minutes.
  • Drizzle the oil over the bread cubes in the bowl and toss to coat.
  • Place cubes, single layer, on a greased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until the bread cubes are golden, flipping the cubes occasionally.
  • Remove from the oven and add back to the bowl.
  • Toss with the ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp black pepper and set aside to cool.
  • Remove and set aside until needed.
  • You can store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Caesar Salad:

  • Chop or tear the 1 head cos lettuce into bite-sized pieces and place in a large serving bowl.
  • Drizzle with the the Caesar dressing and toss to coat.
  • Roughly crumble the 2 soft-boiled Fggs over salad along with 1 cup of the croutons and toss again.
  • Top with garlic croûtons and serve.


Preparing your lettuce.
Make sure you wash lettuce well in advance to let it dry properly.
Your dressing won't stick to wet lettuce, so make sure it's dried!
You can also chop, wash then dry using a spinner.
Storing any leftover dressing.
Store the remaining dressing in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Storing leftover croutons.
Store the leftover croutons in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 2 months.

Caesar Salad Variations

Here are some exciting ways to turn your basic Caesar salad into a flavourful feast:
Protein Powerhouse:
Add grilled, baked, or pan-fried chicken, shrimp, or tofu cubes to your salad.
This adds protein and makes your salad a complete meal. Perfect for a satisfying lunch or dinner.
Vegetarian Delight:
Saute sliced mushrooms, asparagus, or capsicum and toss them into the salad warm or at room temperature. You can also add crumbled feta cheese for a salty twist.
This adds more flavour and texture while keeping the salad vegetarian.
Brussels Sprouts Surprise:
Thinly shred Brussels sprouts using a mandoline or food processor. Mix them with the cos lettuce for a bit of bitterness that complements the creamy dressing.
Brussels sprouts add extra nutrients and a delightful crunch.
Crouton Alternatives:
Skip the croutons and use toasted panko breadcrumbs, sliced almonds, or even crispy chickpeas for a textural contrast.
This is a great option for those following a low-carb diet or simply wanting to explore different textures.
Enjoy creating your own personalised Caesar salad masterpiece!

Caesar Salad Dressing Variations

You've got a great base for a Caesar dressing, but let's explore some ways to add flavour and variety:
Creamy Caesar:
Add 1-2 tablespoons of mayonnaise or Dijon mustard for a richer, creamier texture.
This variation is great for those who prefer a thicker dressing that clings well to the lettuce.
Umami Boost:
Replace the Worcestershire sauce with an equal amount of fish sauce. Fish sauce adds a deeper, saltier umami flavor that pairs beautifully with the Parmesan cheese.
Spicy Caesar:
Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a chopped fresh jalapeno for a touch of heat.
This is perfect for those who enjoy a bit of a kick in their salad.
Citrusy Caesar:
Swap the red wine vinegar for freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Lemon juice adds a brighter, more acidic flavour that cuts through the richness of the olive oil and cheese.
Herb Caesar:
Mix in 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh herbs like parsley, chives, or tarragon.
Fresh herbs add a lovely aromatic element and a touch of colour to the dressing.
Anchovy Power:
If you don't mind anchovies, try adding a mashed anchovy fillet for an authentic Caesar flavour.
Anchovies dissolve and add a subtle savoury depth to the dressing.
(Note: If you use anchovies, you might want to reduce the amount of Worcestershire sauce.)
Vegan Caesar:
For a vegan option, use vegan mayonnaise and omit the Parmesan cheese.
You can also use a base of tahini or a creamy cashew sauce instead. Capers can be added for a salty, briny flavour that mimics anchovies.
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