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Caesar Salad on a white plate with Parmesan cheese sprinkling down on it.
Classic Caesar Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Caesar salad has been around for so long that it's become a staple on menus across the world. Here are two different ways to make this salad - the classic version and the equally delicious lighter version.
Course: Entrées, Side Dishes, Salads
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Vegetarian, Paleo Friendly, Lunch, Quick and Easy
Servings: 6
Calories: 404 kcal
Author: The Blue Jean Chef, Meredith Laurence
  • 2 egg yolks
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • ½ to 1 clove garlic, finely minced or mashed into a paste
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 hearts of Romaine lettuce, washed and dried
  • 1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 4 ounces Italian bread (about 4 thick slices), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Make the croutons by pre-heating the oven to 375ºF (or pre-heat the air fryer to 370ºF). Toss the cubed bread in a bowl with the olive oiland season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Spread the cubes out on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until nicely toasted (or air-fry for 5 minutes).

  2. Make the dressing by whisking the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and pepper together. Add the anchovy paste and garlic and whisk well. Slowly drizzle in the canola and olive oils, whisking constantly. Add very slowly at first, so that the sauce doesn’t break. Whisk patiently, adding the oil slowly until all the oil has been incorporated.

  3. Cut the Romaine leaves into bite-sized pieces (or leave them whole if desired). Toss the lettuce leaves with some of the dressing. Toss the croutons in at the last minute and plate.
  4. Using a vegetable peeler, peel big shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese on top and serve with some freshly ground black pepper.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Classic Caesar Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 404 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 69mg23%
Sodium 283mg12%
Potassium 93mg3%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1750IU35%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.