The Amazing Caesar Salad

-This is one of my all time favorite salads. I can’t tell you how many people have told me they do not like anchovies and then when I make them this salad they absolutely love it!

Authentic Caesar Salad |

Another good thing about this salad, as far as going out for dinner, if you are like me and are pescetarian, and your friends want to go to a steak house restaurant you can always find amazing Caesar salads in steak houses so you can also enjoy yourself. 

You can order that and maybe potato skins without bacon.

Something that may surprise you is that the Caesar salad originated in Mexico by an Italian immigrant who operated restaurants in Mexico and the US.

This salad is sometimes prepared tableside by the chef or the waiter/waitress. The original salad did not contain anchovies but was added later and definitely makes the salad more delicious.

Caesar salad Ingredients |

You can make it without if you have tried the salad with anchovies and still did not like the flavor that they added but please try it with anchovies first. Or, you can even be sneaky and not even tell anybody that is has anchovies, odds are they will not even notice but love the salad anyway.

Serve in a wooden salad bowl or even better, in a large antique cut glass bowl.

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  • 6 anchovy fillets (packed in oil) Drained. You can also adjust this to personal taste although I recommend to use all 6, even if you think you do not like anchovies you will be surprised, promise!
  • 2 small garlic cloves Peeled and minced. You can add more or less depending on your personal preference towards garlic. For me, I love it!
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons large organic egg yolks You can replace with mayonnaise if raw egg yolks bother you; personally I use the mayonnaise although the classic recipe involved raw egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice You can always add more later if you feel you need to
  • 3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 spash Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese Finely grated.
  • black pepper Freshly ground.
  • 3 romaine lettuce hearts
  • Parmesan cheese Enough to sliver and garnish generously.
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups torn 1" pieces country style crusty bread Do not remove the crusts!
Servings: people
  1. In a food processor combine anchovy fillets, minced garlic, egg yolk or mayonnaise, lemon or limejuice, mustard, a splash of Worcestershire sauce and sea salt to taste, just a pinch at first then you can check later to see how it tastes. The anchovies are very salty so probably will not need to add much salt and sea salt is milder than regular salt.
  2. Process until well blended.
  3. Adding slowly the olive oil and process again until well blended.
  4. Pour into a bowl and whisk in your grated Parmesan cheese, taste, add a little freshly ground black pepper and see if you feel you need more salt, lemon or lime juice or not, If too acidy you can always add a little more extra virgin olive oil.
  1. Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
  2. Tear the bread into small bite size pieces, this insures the croutons have a lot of texture which is great for holding the dressing.
  3. Toss croutons with olive oil on top of a baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle them with a little sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and then toss.
  5. Bake, checking often to make sure they don’t burn and toss them occasionally while baking so they are golden on all sides.
  6. When golden on all sides (after baking 10 to 15 minutes) remove them and let them cool.
Final Preparation
  1. Remove any outer tougher leaves of the hearts of romaine and use the inner, smaller, more tender leaves and gently tear into large bit sized pieces - some people prefer to leave them whole if they are not too large, chose whichever you prefer the most. Personally I prefer bit sized pieces because it is easier to eat that way.
  2. Shave the Parmesan using a vegetable peeler so the cheese peels into nice thin slivers.
  3. Use your hands to gently toss the lettuce, croutons, and dressing. Garnish generously with plenty of shaved Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Although it may not be traditional you can add thinly sliced tomatoes, button style mushrooms, thinly sliced avocado or fried tortilla strips in place of croutons. Also, ensure that your pepper is freshly ground - the flavors are so much better than pre-milled.

Buen provecho!

Traditional Caesar Salad |


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About Lori Jo Hendrix

Lori was born in southern California and currently resides in Mexico. She is an actress and model who also writes in the fields of nutrition, wellness, and cuisine. Her passions include working as a volunteer with various groups in the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned and injured animals.

44 thoughts on “The Amazing Caesar Salad”

  1. That looks absolutely delicious! It takes a bit of preparation though so I think I’d make it for a celebration dinner rather than an everday meal. It’s good to have a definitive recipe for Caesar salad, they seem to vary so much.

    • Hi missbishi,

      It is actually quite easy to prepare, I think you will be surprised.



      Lori H.

  2. Yup, I love caesar salad but hate anchovies so I usually leave them out when making it. Like the article said, I do add mushrooms, just to replace the anchovies’ aesthetic. The salt is more than enough to flavor the dressing and put another salty ingredient might ruin the whole thing.

    • Hi TommyVercetti,

      Maybe you can try with just one anchovy and leave out the salt? You might be surprised. Are you adding the Worcestershire sauce to your recipe?


      Lori H.

  3. Excuse my ignorance but does anyone know some crazy clever variations on a Caesar Salad? What I mean by that is I’m aware of the regular steak, chicken, or shrimp added to the salad but are there a few more interesting ingredients to play with?

    • Hi JoanMcWench,

      You can add smoked salmon or gravlax, both are delicious and something different from the ordinary additions.


      Lori H.

      • I like shrimp in it, but salmon sounds like a great choice as well. I like most types of fish and seafood, so I can’t really go wrong. Well, I’m sure some items are better choices than other for this particular dish, but yeah, salmon or shrimp sounds excellent.

        I will probably have to go light on the anchovies though. I don’t really dislike them but so salty.

  4. Gotta love a well made ceasar. Oftentimes when I go to Italian places, the lettuce is not too crisp and the croutons are meh. Will definitely have to think about making it at home

    • Hi queenbellevue,

      A caesar salad definitely has to be served fresh, directly after adding and mixing the dressing in. Sometimes they sit around for a while in restaurants. This is a great reason to make them at home.


      Lori H.

  5. I love this salad minus the anchovies as a vegetarian, because it is healthy with flavor. I’m not a salad fan and this is the only one I can eat as it’s simple and has no tomatoes in it, which I hate, as it makes a salad go soggy.

    I also use wholemeal garlic croutons to make it feel healthier.

    • Hi Bella,

      Yes, this salad is heart and full of flavor and I was thinking perhaps you could try extra garlic or a little extra sea salt in place of the anchovies and perhaps an organic vegan Worcestershire sauce. Thinly sliced mushrooms would also be nice and not make the salad soggy if you like mushrooms.


      Lori H.

  6. I detect a real passion for anchovies here, hehe!! I love caesar salad, but I don’t think I’d want some anchovies in my salad. I know, I know, it’s worth a try. Despite the assurance that the salad would be ultra delicious with some anchovies in it, I still would like to have mine without them. There’s something about anchovies that just don’t sit well with my taste buds.

  7. The Ceasar salad is my favorite of all, but I’ve never had it with anchovies in the dressing. I guess I fall in the I-don’t-like-anchovies club. There is just something about them that doesn’t appeal to me. I think it’s the saltiness. The dressing actually sounds pretty good though. Maybe one day I will give in and try it.

    • Hi Nids,

      You can always add a little extra worcestershire sauce instead or just do the dressing without, it’s still tasty. But I do recommend trying at least just one anchovy. Let us know if you do!


      Lori H.

  8. That is my favorite salad by far. I do enjoy other kinds of salads I feel like I’m eating healthy when I bite into it. The crunch of a fresh salad just makes me happy. I must admit that all the extra little goodies that are on this particular salad makes it my all star.

    • Hi karmaskeeper,

      Thank you! The caesar is my favorite as well. Especially if the croutons are well done and the dressing is not too sour. Enjoy!


      Lori H.

  9. Can i add mayonnaise and ketchup to my liking maybe?…looks amazingly delicious and am sure it is 🙂 …the weekend looks heavenly, i really don’t know what to cook up but this salad is definitely on the menu 😉

    • Hi dianethare,

      Mayonnaise absolutely, ketchup I am afraid if you added it the dressing would taste more like Thousand Island dressing. You can serve this salad with just about anything. It would be great with fish.


      Lori H.

  10. I’ve been focused on Greek Salads lately, and had forgotten how much I love Caesar Salads. I’ve made them before, but it’s been a while, and even then, I never added anchovies. I will have to look for them, are they in the same spot as canned sardines? This sounds like a nice rustic version, and the crusty bread sounds delicious.

    • Hi Diane Lane,

      Oh you’re going to love the Caesar salad dressing with anchovies. Sometimes anchovy fanatics even put a few whole ones on top of the salad. Me, I can eat them whole I love them so much which reminds me, I am starving right now!

      Yes, you can find them in the tinned fish section with tuna, sardines, etc. Sometimes they will be in a little flat tin, other times in a small glass bottle. I prefer the little tins if I can find them. 😉


      Lori H.

  11. With the weather warming up here in the UK, I’m looking for some good salad recipes – no suffering over a hot stove for me in the warmer months!!

    Caesar salad is not something I’ve ever made myself; it seems a bit long winded, but you’ve made it sound simple. I may just give it a try as nothing beats homemade, and I don’t want to buy any shop bought dressings (especially) this year, as I’m trying to avoid all processed foods.

    • Hi Portia88.

      Uggg tell me about it, hot weather and hot stove, not a good mix. You will be surprised, this is really easy and so much better than store bought. This is also a great dish for when you have guests. Enjoy!


      Lori Jo

  12. My favourite salad of all time is caesar salad. There is a restaurant that I always go to where I tried it because my sister told me to and I loved it! Then one day I ordered it in another restaurant thinking it would be the same, but it wasn’t. It didn’t taste the same. I have to add that I was something like 13 so for me to order something other than a plain cheese pizza! I ended up finding out there was anchovies after I took a bite and asked my mum to taste it. I ended up eating her dinner and she ate the salad.

    Since then I only eat caesar salad in the first restaurant I tried it. I have tried to like anchovies a few time as I know tastes change as you get older but even after 7 years of trying it I just can’t seem to enjoy them. Apart from the anchovies this receipe looks quite simple so I might actually take a leap and test it out for myself !

    • Hi Cazala26,

      I have the same problem with restaurants. Some have amazing caesar salads and some I don’t like at all, more the latter than the former.

      Try the recipe with just one anchovy and if you still do not like it try it without and maybe a little extra Worcestershire sauce.


      Lori Jo

  13. This looks delicious. Whenever my husband and I go out to eat, he always, always, always orders a Caesar salad. Without fail. He is very picky about his salads though…it has to have the right dressing-to-greens ratio, the chicken has to be perfectly cooked and it just has to be perfect. I think this would be a fun way to surprise him with his very own, homemade “gourmet” salad! Thank you, I’ll add this to his Father’s Day dinner 🙂

  14. Hi Michelle,

    I am just like your husband, a salad has to be perfect and freshness and proportions are key. This will make a perfect addition to his Father’s day dinner!

  15. I’m not a big fan of salad, but if I eat one it has to be simple and I love them with croutons. This salad is just that, simple. I also love having salads as an appetizer before I eat spaghetti.

  16. I am in love with this salad!! I could eat it every day for lunch!! It’s so delicious! I often order it in restaurants and people think it’s because I am on a diet or something like that and that I want to lose some weight..but that’s not the reason at all! I order it because I love it more than anything else:D

    • Hi Heda,

      Absolutely! This is not one of those salads you solemnly order because you want to lose weight, it’s the kind you order because it is incredibly delicious!

      Have you tried making it at home yet?

  17. Cesar Salad is my favorite type of salad ever. It just never gets old. This version of the salad looks AMAZING! The anchovies though, might be a little to intense for me! I have never tried anchovies in a Cesar Salad before, and I’m not the most adventurous lady in the world LOL. I might try the recipe with them someday. I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks for such a yummy recipe.

    • Hi MichelleVL,

      I feel the same way. In some restaurants it is all I order and I always make it for friends when they come over.

      Now are you eating these when you go to restaurants or making them at home because if you are eating them in restaurants I assure you that you have been eating anchovies all along, hehehehe. Either way, try it with just one at least! They really do add a nice depth and saltiness to creamy dressing.

      Yes, please let us know how it goes. Have fun!

  18. This my most favorite salad to date. I especially love this salad alongside a fresh bowl of pasta. I have been really interchanging the Caesar dressing for a homemade version only I use olive oil and vinegar and a bit of salt and pepper. This salad is universally delicious, and with some dried cranberries can be considered heavenly.

    • Hi sheebah7,

      Pastas and Caesar salads are a match made in heaven. A simple salad of just extra virgin olive oil with vinegar or lemon juice, salt and pepper are surprisingly delicious! I love having these for lunch. I never tried the dried cranberries, thank you for the tip! I can imagine the sweetness mixed with the tartness to be a delicious combo and very easy to make.

  19. I am a huge fan of Caesar salad, but definitely a big NO THANK YOU on the anchovy front. I cannot abide anything about anchovies – even the smell turns my stomach.

    • Hi ukfoodiegirl,

      Hehehehe. That’s okay. Have you tried this recipe yet without the anchovies? If so please let us know how you liked it!

  20. I love Caesar Salad, it’s my all time favorite, I always have to remind myself not to have a second helping. I love it with smokey barbecued chicken, it is absolutely delicious. Have you tried adding some thyme and rosemary? it will take you to heaven.

    • Hi HealthAndVitality,

      Are you talking about fresh or dried thyme and rosemary?

      Thank you for sharing your variations!

  21. I haven’t tried a Caesar salad that I disliked, but the anchovies and sodium content on this one give me pause. I’ll probably make it per instructions here just to try it, and then modify it to my taste and needs after that. I like to at least try something, with few exceptions, before I decide if I like them.

    • Hi nytegeek,

      I don’t really worry about the sodium content as I don’t eat them daily or have any high blood pressure problems or retaining water problems.

      Let us know how you like the original recipe and then how you modify it after that.


  22. At times, the old man and I decide we just want something light for dinner and decide to eat salads. There is nothing better than a caesar salad after a long hot day! On occasion we will add baked chicken, or bacon bits. We will use them as a side item as well, especially if we decide to grill steaks that night.

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