Caesar Salad


light-caesar-salad

The Caesar salad is one of the most recognizable salads in restaurants. Often served with chicken or steamed shrimp, the Caesar salad is great! Originated in Tijuana, Mexico by Caesar Cardini in the 1920s developed this salad because he actually running out of food in his restaurant. Cardini used what he had left in his kitchen – romaine, garlic, croutons, and Parmesan cheese, boiled eggs, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce. He quickly served this salad as finger food to his customers and the salad became an instant hit worldwide. His brother, Alex, decided to add anchovies to the recipe, much to Caesar’s dismay. Whether you like anchovies or not, Saladseekers has found a light Caesar salad that is still tasty and will be a great satisfying salad.

Light Caesar Salad (Courtesy of Cooking Light magazine)

INGREDIENTS

• 1 large head romaine lettuce
• 3/4 cup olive oil
• 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
• 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
• 1 clove garlic, crushed
• 1 lemon, halved
• freshly ground black pepper
• 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
• garlic croutons
• 1 (2 ounce) can anchovy fillets, drained (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Wash romaine under cold running water. Trim core and separate stalk into leaves; discard wilted or discolored portions. Shake leaves to remove moisture. Place romaine in a large zip-top plastic bag; chill at least 2 hours.

2. Combine olive oil and next 5 ingredients in a jar. Cover tightly, and shake vigorously. Set aside.

3. Cut coarse ribs from large leaves of romaine; tear leaves into bite-size pieces, and place in a large salad bowl. Pour dressing over romaine; toss gently until coated.

4. Squeeze juice from lemon halves over salad. Grind a generous amount of pepper over salad; sprinkle with cheese. Toss salad. Top with Garlic Croutons and, if desired, anchovies. Serve salad immediately.

Check out these other blogs discussing the Caeser salad. Use these ideas and you can also make a great and healthy meal for your family.

- http://nancysrecipes.wordpress.com/2009/05/14/tortellini-caesar-salad/

- http://www.theperfectpantry.com/2009/05/anchovy-paste-recipe-caesar-salad.html

- http://www.yumsugar.com/3131382

- http://www.dinneratchristinas.com/2009/05/chicken-caesar-salad.html

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