Caesar Salad – what can I say other than I love it!
If I’m out for lunch a warm nice day I will most likely order a Caesar Salad. I honestly don’t think I have ever gotten a Caesar Salad served the exact same way in two different restaurants. On internet and in cook-books one can read many stories about the Caesar salad and there are tons of recipes for the must have ingredients and the perfect Caesar dressings, which in my opinion really is what makes this salad my favorite.
The variations of Caesar Salad is endless and I think that each restaurant that serves this well-known salad makes their own variation. In USA one can often get the salad as a starter/side salad and then with shredded Parmesan on top. In Netherlands they add the anchovies on top of the greens so not mixed into the dressing. I once got an excellent Caesar Salad in Port Charlotte, Florida, and they had used roasted garlic in the dressing. It was really nice!
For both lunch and dinner I like to add some proteins to the salad to make it a little more filling. I personally prefer chicken, shrimp or scallops! And if I have at home some bits of crispy bacon.
My recipe is one that I have adopted over the years and that I find tasty. As I said above there are many variations of the dressings. I personally prefer the dressing a little thicker made with olive oil, Parmesan and salted Italian anchovy for the saltiness. Nothing else! Some recipes call for water to make it thinner. Lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and mustard are other ingredients often called for. When adding water or something that includes water, the recipe usually includes a raw egg yolk to act as an emulsifier. Personally I’m these days a little careful with raw eggs due to risk of salmonella. Not always are eggs pasteurized! There are some recipes these days that exchange the raw yolk for a cooked yolk due to the risk of salmonella.
Many people only eat this salad for lunch. But when the days gets warmer I really enjoy the crisp salad with a glass of cold white wine for Friday Dinner. If I have guests over I might serve a smaller portion of the salad as a starter.
Remember Life is too short to not eat and drink well!