Easy Homemade Caesar Salad

A classic for a reason, this Easy Homemade Caesar Salad is crunchy, creamy and so delicious! Serve it as is, or with a quick grilled chicken breast to make for the best Caesar Salad ever.

A classic Caesar salad on a plate with a fork.Quick Caesar Salad

Don’t overlook this classic salad, because if it’s been a while since you’ve had one, you may have forgotten how very delicious it is! Caesar salads, when made right, have crisp, fresh bite-sized pieces of romaine, lightly dressed in a tangy and bright creamy dressing, punctuated with a crunchy crouton and pungent fresh parmesan cheese. All of these elements come together to create a super delicious salad that is worth enough to stand on its own, or it could be made into a dinner-worthy salad by adding in some protein.

Pieces of shredded parmesan on a cutting board.

Ingredients Needed

Here is a brief overview of the ingredients needed to make a caesar salad. For the full recipe, scroll down.

  • Homemade Mayo (or store-bought)
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Anchovy Paste (optional)
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Homemade Croutons
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Romaine Lettuce

How to Get the Make Cheese Shavings

If you can’t find shaved parmesan cheese in the stores, it’s easy to make at home. Simply use a vegetable peeler to peel away pieces of cheese from a whole block of parmesan!

Optional Add-Ons

A homemade Caesar is delicious enough to serve on its own. But if you want to make it a full meal, you can add on a protein or fat such as:

  • Grilled chicken
  • Grilled or broiled shrimp
  • Avocado
  • Bacon

Baked croutons on a baking sheet.

Do I Need to Make the Croutons at Home?

In short, we really recommend you make the croutons at home. They are so different than store-bought croutons. They’re much more flavorful and with a better texture. Plus, they’re quite simple. We’ve written a post about making Homemade Croutons, so you can check that out. But in short, to make croutons you need to:

  1. Cut or tear the bread.
  2. Toss with olive oil and seasoning.
  3. Bake until lightly browned and toasted.

How to Make Caesar Dressing

This recipe opts for a quick Ceasar dressing made from mayo. While it’s awesome if you can make your own homemade mayo, it also can be made with store-bought mayo too.

After you have your mayo, all you need to do is whisk together the ingredients! Traditionally Ceasar is made with anchovy. It gives it that authentic umami flavor to it. However, we realize most people don’t have anchovy already at home, so you can skip it if you want!

A simple homemade Caesar salad.

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Easy Homemade Caesar Salad

Caesar salad on a plate.

A classic for a reason, this Easy Homemade Caesar Salad is crunchy, creamy and so delicious! Serve it as is, or with a quick grilled chicken breast to make for the best Caesar salad ever.

  • Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 00:15
  • Cook Time: 00:10
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salads
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Ingredients

For Caesar Dressing:

  • ½ cup mayo, homemade or store-bought
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon anchovy paste (optional)
  • Pine sea salt
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 large head of romaine (about 6 cups), cleaned well, chopped
  • ¾ cup shaved parmesan (see notes)
  • 1½ cup homemade croutons (or store-bought can work in a pinch)

Instructions

  1. Add all dressing ingredients to a small bowl or mason jar and whisk together. Taste and adjust seasoning. Set aside.
  2. Assemble the salad: Add romaine, parmesan, croutons and half of the dressing into a large bowl. Toss together to combine.
  3. Divide evenly onto four plates. Sprinkle a couple of extra croutons and parmesan cheese on top of the plates, as well as some fresh black pepper. Serve immediately with extra dressing on the side.

Notes

To make parmesan shavings, shave off pieces from a whole block of parmesan cheese.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
  • Calories: 295
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 900mg
  • Fat: 29g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 31mg

Keywords: Homemade Caesar salad

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April 28, 2021

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  1. So great – best Caesar dressing recipe I have tried. I had never made one with apple cider vinegar and I feel this is the secret ingredient that makes this so tasty! Cannot wait to try it again tomorrow with a romaine and kale blend.

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