Classic Restaurant Caesar Salad Recipe -
Classic Restaurant Caesar Salad Recipe
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Classic Restaurant Caesar Salad

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"I used to work at a very fancy restaurant while I was in college. The best part of the job was making table side salads, entrees, and dessert. This was the best Caesar salad I have ever had! If having trouble getting the anchovy to mash, add a couple of croutons. They provide sort of an anti-skid surface, and the hard edges of the croutons cut into the anchovy."

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  • PREP

    20 mins

    20 mins


  1. Mash garlic with anchovies in a large salad bowl. Whisk lemon juice, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, egg yolk, and Worcestershire sauce into the anchovy mixture until mixture is smooth and creamy. Gradually whisk olive oil into the dressing, pouring the oil into the dressing in a thin stream while stirring constantly. Season with salt and black pepper.
  2. Gently mix romaine lettuce and Parmesan cheese into the dressing until thoroughly coated; serve salad topped with croutons.
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  • This recipe contains raw eggs. We recommend that pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and the infirm do not consume raw eggs.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 13, 2014

This is close to the 'original' Caesar Salad recipe that I have been making for almost forty years. The only difference being that my recipe does NOT include any red wine vinegar but another third of a lemon's juice, six to eight dashes of Worcestershire, a few more anchovy filets and 'KEEN's Hot English Mustard' instead of Dijon but Dijon is fine (The 'KEEN'S' gives it a bit more zip!). The preparation is very easy to mess this up if not done delicately, thoroughly and carefully and I think from the comments of the worst reviews that the 'chefs' were not prudent and messed up....from my own past mistakes. ALSO, folks who claim to not like or want anchovies in their Caesar Salad are then NOT eating a Caesar Salad and any chef who claims to make a Caesar Salad without anchovies is not making a Caesar MAY be a good salad but it is 'something else', just NOT a Caesar. NB...the 'original' Caesar Salad was created in Northern Mexico at the Caesar Brothers restaurant circa 1938 to feed the cast and crew when shooting ran late during the filming of the movie 'STAGECOACH'. There is nothing Italian or anything to do with Rome or Julius Caesar about it.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 27, 2013

Ok, and for the tweeks.... Instead of the raw egg I use about 1/2 cup mayonnaise, eliminate the vinegar, reduce the olive oil by half, add 1/2 cup grated fresh parmesan and whip together with the other ingredients. I use anchovy paste as it blends into the whole dressing better without the overwhelming flavor of fishy anchovy. It is a must in Caesar dressing. This makes a wonderful creamy Caesar dressing with no fear of raw eggs, and people always ask for the recipe.

Jan 07, 2013

Great recipe. Easy to follow and liked by everyone even my non-salad eating husband!

Jan 02, 2013

Excellent as-is, my sweety was very happy with it and I'll use the same recipe again. I only had anchovy paste in a tube...but a teaspoon of that worked fine. Forgot to buy fresh garlic so had to use powdered which was the only mis-step in terms of taste -- not the recipe's fault.

Feb 08, 2013

When I saw this called for an egg yolk I knew it was a traditional recipe. I use a tablespoon Anchovy Paste in place of the whole anchovies when making a salad for four, it mixes well and taste great. Adjust to your liking. Thanks for the recipe!

Jan 10, 2015

I can't imagine a ceasar salad without fresh, course ground black pepper! I also worked at a fancy restaurant and we back waiters always assembled the salad at the table-and theatrics COUNTED! Kitchen prep was crushing garlic cloves and steeping them in EVOO for at least an hour and mixing anchovy paste with the juice of fresh lemons- this makes the anchovies taste more "nutty" and less "fishy" and the salt in the paste takes the acidic "edge" off of the lemon. We washed and seperated the romaine leaves and let them dry completely. The croutons were buttered and sprinkled with an italian spice blend and were always oven fresh and hot at assembly. We always began our presentation by rubbing the entire inside of the WOODEN bowl with a split clove of garlic. We then added the oil/garlic to the bowl, broke and seperated an egg yolk (discard the sac) into the oil. We then gently placed the lemon juice/anchovy in the bowl (beside the oil, being careful not to blend the two) and broke another egg yolk into it , whisking it. The romaine was then torn into the bowl and the whole lightly tossed, trying hard to maintain flavor seperation. Then we added finely crumbled bleu cheese and hot croutons and the salad was tossed once more, immediately plated and served with us grating the parmesan and grinding the pepper for the diner(s). We NEVER added salt to this salad. A dry white wine was usually served with this salad, but a rose' goes well with it also!

Mar 14, 2014

I used to do the same service in a fine restaurant and we always used a coddled egg, I would not make this salad with a raw egg. We also tossed the romaine with fresh squeezed lemon juice before adding the dressing, It makes a big difference. Other than that it is the classic recipe, if you have a wooden bowl to work with.

Jan 06, 2013

I liked this a lot. I think next time I will use a little less lemon juice, it was a bit tart. Also, maybe another anchovy filet or two. I also will try using balsalmic vinegar for 1/2 the red wine vinegar.


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  • Calories
  • 362 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.5 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 116 mg
  • 39%
  • Fat
  • 33 g
  • 51%
  • Fiber
  • 2 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 8.4 g
  • 17%
  • Sodium
  • 587 mg
  • 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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