Caesar Salad (The Original)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 mins

This is from Margaret Fultons revised 1968 cookbook (a Christmas present from the DD - my original is rather dog eared and stained) in which she states "This is the authentic recipe made for me by the Cardini family in Mexico, the creataors of the caesar salad. Particular care was taken to lay the tender, elongated cos leaves all in the one direction." Times are estimated.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Remove tough outer leaves of the lettuce.
  2. Wash the tender leaves, sprin dry (or dry in a large clean tea towel) and place in a plastic bag and put in the refrigerator to crisp.
  3. To make croutons -.
  4. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  5. Cut baguette into thick slices.
  6. Mash the anchovy fillets and garlic with the butter and spread over the bread slices.
  7. Place on a baking tray and bake until pale and gold and crisp.
  8. For the Dressing -.
  9. With the exception of the egg mix/whisk or put in a jar, seal and shake, all the ingredients together to make the dressing.
  10. Coddled egg -.
  11. Lower the egg into a small saucepan of simmering water and simmer for 1 minute, lift out with a slotted spoon.
  12. Arrange the crisp lettuce leaves in a bowl.
  13. Add the croutons and break in the coddled egg and add the dressing and turn the salad gently, until the dressing coats the lettuce leaves evenly.
  14. Serve as soon as possible after dressing (better immediately) - keeps o'kay but not the best. (haven't done myself but from family members that have).
Most Helpful

A really great tasting Caeser that I loved at lunch today. Excellent dressing that made a, dare I say, better than restaurant salad for under 300 calories. Really, what's not to love? :D

Annacia September 10, 2013

Nice classic Caesar salad recipe. The dressing was fabulous.

morgainegeiser August 18, 2013

I really enjoyed this salad, nice and refreshing and not as heavy as the "Restaurant Style" Caesar Salad. I added a few capers, just because I had them out for another recipe I was making and I liked the extra tartness it gave this salad. Will make again and again. Thanks for sharing :)

queenbeatrice June 07, 2010