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Homemade Caesar Salad

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: side
  • Method: none
  • Cuisine: Italian


Get ready for the best homemade Caesar salad you've ever made! Enjoy the classic flavor of romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, homemade croutons, and a creamy homemade Caesar dressing.



For the dressing:

  • 3/4 cup real mayonnaise (we use Duke's)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste OR 2-3 anchovy fillets, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the croutons:

  • 1 loaf french, sourdough bread or other white bread of your choice (about 5 cups torn into pieces)
  • 4-5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • freshly ground salt

For the salad:

  • 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated or shredded parmesan cheese
  • dressing
  • croutons


Prepare the croutons:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Tear bread into pieces and put in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and toss until bread is lightly coated.
  3. Spread the bread on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Bake 6-10 minutes or until edges of the bread begin to brown - watch carefully as baking time will be highly dependent on how thick your bread pieces are torn.
  5. Set aside to cool before adding to salad.

Prepare the dressing:

  1. Whisk together all ingredients. Alternatively, add all ingredients to a mason jar, close tightly and shake vigorously to mix.

To assemble the salad:

  1. In a large bowl add lettuce and toss with enough dressing to lightly coat all lettuce.
  2. Add parmesan and cooled croutons and toss again.
  3. Serve immediately.


  • croutons can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container for up to one week
  • dressing can be made in advance and kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to one week

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