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Caesar Salad Recipe:
So much easier than I thought!
I thought that a Caesar Salad recipe had to be complicated and mysterious, and that's why I never ever tried one until recently.
I thought that Caesar Salad was something that you ordered at restaurants. Then I had a delicious Caesar Salad at my cousin's house. Now, mind you, she is a really good cook, but she assured me that even I could make this. She was right! It was easy!
Not only is this Caesar Salad recipe easy to make, but you mix it right in the serving bowl, so there is just one thing to wash!
Check that you have these staples at home
- in the cupboard
- vegetable oil
- cider vinegar
- olive oil
- in the fridge or freezer
- bottled lemon juice
- Worcestershire sauce
- Parmesan cheese
Buy these fresh ingredients
Get out your equipment
- a large serving bowl
- measuring spoons
- Nice to have but not necessary
- a whisk (for mixing the oils, vinegar and lemon juice)
- a mushroom brush
- salad tongs
- a garlic press (if not, mince the garlic with a sharp knife)
- a rotary cheese grater
If you do some of the prep work earlier in the day, you can put the salad together quickly. Here's what to do ahead of time:
- hardboil 3 eggs
- wash and slice 8 mushrooms
- fry 8 slices of bacon
Tbsp/90 mL vegetable oil
1 1/2 Tbsp/22 mL cider vinegar
1 Tbsp/15 mL lemon juice
1 Tbsp/15 mL olive oil
1/2 tsp/2 mL salt
dash Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 raw egg
1 head romaine lettuce
3 hardboiled eggs, sliced
8 slices crisp cooked bacon, crumbled
8 small white mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup/60 mL grated parmesan cheese
In a large serving bowl, mix the vegetable oil, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, sugar, pepper, tarragon, Worchestershire sauce, garlic, and raw egg.
Tear the lettuce into bite-sized pieces and add them to the bowl.
Add the bacon, hard-boiled egg slices and mushrooms.
Mix it all together well.
Serve immediately, or refrigerate until serving time.
Just before serving, sprinkle with the parmesan cheese.
- In a pinch, use any crisp green lettuce in place of the romaine.
- Use freshly squeezed lemon juice instead of bottled.
Ideas for making this recipe your own
- Some people like to add anchovies or anchovy paste to their Caesar salad. If you do too, go ahead!
- Try using another citrus juice in place of the lemon juice. I wonder how orange juice would taste, or lime?
- Use more or less garlic, to taste.
- Mix the salad with your clean hands, or with a set of salad tongs, or with two large forks or spoons.
- My cousin suggests that you let this chill for at least an hour before serving it.
- We prefer buying a block of Parmesan cheese, and grating it at the table with a rotary grater. It's delicious! You can also get good pre-grated Parmesan at the deli. Please don't use the "grated Parmesan cheese product" from the grocery shelf. It's not the same thing at all!
- This recipe calls for the use of a raw egg. Is that safe? Here is some information about
eating raw eggs
to help you decide whether you want to eat uncooked eggs.
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