Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Classic Ceasar Salad

One of our favourite salads would have to be ceasar. Every time we go out to a restaurant, this would be one of the salads which we would order. And if we have it at home, the dressing would be something from a bottle purchased from a supermarket. However I've yet to come across a delicious bottled dressing - the ones that I've purchased in the past were either too sour, too watery and somehow never up to a "restaurant" standard. So it was with glee when I came across this recipe from a cookbook by Karen Martini. Her picture of a plated ceasar salad looked so delicious that I was immediately drawn to try out the recipe.

All I can say is it's so delicious that I'm never going to look at a bottled ceaser salad dressing again. (Guess what ... I made another batch again the week after!) Furthermore it's so easy to whip up and you will be done in no time at all. Both my hubby and I are great garlic fans, so for us, the more garlic the better. Guess you could say that even a vampire would have stayed clear of us that evening! Another plus point about home-made salad dressing is that you can control what goes into it and balance out the flavours as you go along.

Classic Ceasar Salad
Recipe adapted from Karen Martini "Where the Heart is"
(serves 4)


1 bulb garlic
1 cup egg mayonnaise
2 Tsp sour cream
8 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 clove garlic, finely chopped
splash of white wine vinegar
3 baby cos lettuce, very outer leaves removed and each cut into 6 wedges
1 red onion, finely sliced (optional)
3 Tsp small capers
10 slices of streaky bacon, either fried till crispy or roasted in 170C oven for about 10 to 12 mins, till crispy and brown
150g shaved parmesan (optional)
extra lemon juice
freshly ground black pepper
A handful of croutons
Olive oil, to serve


1) To make the dressing, roast the garlic buib at 150C for 30 mins, then cut and squeeze out the flesh.

2) Combine roasted garlic flesh, mayonnaise, sour cream, anchovies, lemon juice and chopped garlic in a food processor and process until smooth. (I just mixed everything into a bowl). If mixture is too stiff, add a little lemon juice until dressing is sauce-like. Set aside.

To Assemble:

Arrange lettuce on plates and drizzle over dressing. Break the bacon over the salad and top with croutons. Shave over some parmesan, sprinkle with some black pepper and finish off with a drizzle of olive oil. (I added a sprinkle of dried garlic flakes as well)


Selba said...

What a lovely classic ceasar salad.

pigpigscorner said...

Look at that creamy sauce! Delicious. This is one of the few salads that I actually eat.

Joie de vivre said...

Your ceasar is plated so beautifully!

Thip said...

Ceasar is my favorite salad, Jo. How long will you be in BKK? Just for a weekend? I'll be there next week too.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

my all time favorite salad...and i've never tried to recreate it at home :)

i should, eh

Jo said...

Hi gals, hope you try this dressing cause it's so ... so good.

K Thip, will be in BKK next Sat and leaving on Tues late afternoon.

Thip said...

JO, I'll arrive to BKK on Wednesday. :(

Ingrid said...

MMM, now that looks good. Salad is one of my fave meals, just add some fresh baked bread & I'm good to go!

Gigi said...

ooo, I have a weakness for Caesar dressing! Looks great, thanks for sharing the recipe.

Maris said...

what a great idea to add bacon! looks delicious.

Azra said...

Thank you very much for posting the dressing. Have been searching for this one!

Erin said...

I would not reccomend this dressing!!

I tried this recipe last night and it wasn't so good. First of all, roasting the garlic bulb made the garlic explode in my oven (and now I have a huge cleaning task on my hands today - yippee). Secondly, it tasted too fishy. I would not put in 8 anchovies, I would maybe put in about 5 if any at all.

I got the absolute worst stomach ache from this dressing and it STILL hurts almost 24 hours later :( I followed the directions exactly but seriously... from now on I am just buying this dressing in a bottle!

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Classic Ceasar Salad is my one of the favorite salad. I always it this Salad for my lunch. It is very healthy.

Zia Joaquin said...

Fantastic recipe! The best salad we have made at home yet! We added watermelon radishes on top, as well as some capers - a great addition! This one will definitely be sticking around in our kitchen for a while!

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