Caesar salad has been a popular item on the menu of many restaurants. But why go to a restaurant when you can make it at home? It takes only a handful of ingredients and requires hardly any cooking. And in 30 minutes, you will have a salad that is just as good as any restaurants’, or even better.
But first, let’s learn a bit about this famous salad.
What Is Caesar Salad?
A caesar salad usually consists of romaine lettuce, olive oil, grated Parmesan cheese, salt, black pepper, croutons (toasted bread cubes), Worcestershire sauce, and some kind of acidity like lemon juice or vinegar.
What Else Can You Put in Caesar Salad?
There are many versions of Caesar salad. Every chef adds a bit of their own personality to the recipe by alternating the ingredients. Of course, you can customize your own recipe as well. Here are some food items you could add to your salad:
- Eggs: the different doneness of the eggs can give your salad its own character. We’re making hard-boiled eggs today because it is fail-proof, but you choose whatever you want— may it be soft-boiled, poached, or even pickled eggs.
- Bacon: it’s debatable whether bacon should appear in a healthy salad because it is fatty and can be high in sodium. For our recipe, we baked the bacon to render the fat out and lower the fat content. And we don’t have salt in our salad so the bacon acts as seasoning as well.
- Anchovies: these fish are canned in oil and they can give your salad a lovely depth of flavor. They are salty so you don’t need to add salt when you use anchovies either. All you have to do is whisk the anchovies into the dressing to disintegrate the fish and draw out the flavor.
- Chicken: if you happen to have some chicken on hand, whether it is boiled or roasted, add it to your salad. The chicken goes really well with the lettuce and sour dressing.
- Acidic components: from lemon juice, lime juice, mustards, to all types of vinegar such as apple cider, balsamic, or wine vinegar, etc. Pick your favorite or combine them to make your own dressing. The possibilities are endless.
Whatever you choose to add to your salad, keep in mind that you don’t need too many ingredients to make a good salad. And if you’re looking for more easy green side dishes, check out our Greek salad and many other salad recipes.
Caesar Salad Recipe
- 3 oz skinless boneless chicken breast
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp traditional Dijon mustard
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 8 oz romaine lettuce roughly chopped
- 4 oz cherry tomatoes
- 0.5 oz cured bacon baked
- 3.5 oz eggs 2 medium, hard-boiled, peeled, and quartered
- 0.9 oz white bread toasted, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 0.35 oz grated Parmesan cheese
- Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- Heat a pot of water over high heat. Once the water is boiling, add chicken to the pot. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot. Allow to cool before cutting the chicken into 1/2-inch slices (or thinner if you prefer). Transfer to a plate and set aside.
- In a small bowl, add Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, and whisk well to combine. Gradually add olive oil a bit at a time while whisking to emulsify the sauce. Set aside.
- Arrange the serving platter: put Romaine lettuce at the bottom of a large plate. Put the sliced chicken, cherry tomatoes, eggs, bacon, and bread cubes on top. Whisk the dressing a couple of times again before adding to the salad. Try to avoid pouring the dressing over the croutons to keep them nice and crispy. Toss the salad thoroughly. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper on top to garnish and serve.