Ok, so without the eggs & the anchovies it might not be considered a "true" Caesar salad. But, this is still a really good Caesar-like salad and will please those picky eaters in your family who want Caesar salad, but won't go near it if you include the raw eggs and/or the anchovies. I can hear the purists groaning already, but you can also use the cheese in the "green can" in this if you don't have any fresh Parmesan lying around- it still tastes good either way, although it is best with Parmigiano-Reggiano. NOTE: There are anchovy free versions of Worcestershire Sauce commonly available.
- 1 -2 head romaine lettuce, rinsed, dried, torn into bite sized pieces (enough to fill a large salad bowl)
- 1⁄2 lemon, juice of
- fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese, grated, more to taste
- 1 cup crouton, to taste (purchased or homemade)
- 3⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon minced garlic
- Set lettuce into a large serving bowl.
- Place dressing ingredients into a blender (yes all at once), put the lid on your blender, and blend until smooth.
- Pour some of the dressing over lettuce, as much or as little as you prefer, and toss well to coat leaves with dressing; I tend to use less and have extra to save for another salad later in the week.
- Set one clean hand over your salad bowl and squeeze the lemon half over it- letting the juice drip through your fingers, but catching the pits (discard pits).
- Grind some black pepper over the salad to taste.
- Add Parmesan cheese and stir to coat.
- Taste for seasonings, adding a little more salt, pepper, or cheese if desired.
- When the seasonings are correct, add the croutons to the top, give a quick stir, and serve immediately.
- This does not keep well- if you need to make in advance, prepare the salad dressing alone and then toss everything together just before serving.
I happen to love anchovies, but I didn't miss them a bit in this great salad. The flavor of the dressing along with the freshly grated Parmesan tasted just like my favorite Caesar salad. I was lazy and just whisked the dressing ingredients together until they emulsified, which really didn't take long. The croutons add a nice crunch and really shouldn't be omitted. Good, good recipe Heather.
Very delicious Ceasar. I have to admit that I love the anchovies, but not everyone does and this is a great recipe to have on hand for those people. I added a clove of roasted garlic- its wonderful to have roasted garlic for background the fresh for a bit of bite. Thanks!
I was disappointed to see Worcestershire sauce in a recipe that says - no anchovies. Worcestershire sauce has anchovies in it! Still looking.