I always hated gloppy Caesar dressings, so I came up with my own, which is very similar to the original one created in Tijuana in the 1920s. This quick and easy salad is a huge hit whenever I serve it, and it easy to prepare ahead of time. Just wait until the last minute to combine the lettuce, croutons, dressing, and cheese. The key is to use real grated Parmesan cheese, not the stuff in the can.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Arrange French bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet with a rim. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir 1 clove garlic until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour butter mixture over bread cubes; season with salt, black pepper, and parsley. Toss to coat.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned on the outside and crisp in the middle, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Whisk lemon juice, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, kosher salt, anchovy paste, 1 clove garlic, and black pepper together in a bowl. Slowly drizzle in canola oil, while whisking lemon mixture with opposite hand until emulsified.

  • Combine romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, and half the dressing in a bowl; toss to coat. Add croutons and remaining dressing; toss to coat.

Cook's Note:

If lettuce is well coated with dressing before adding the croutons, don't add the remaining half. You should not overdress this salad.

Nutrition Facts

243 calories; 18.7 g total fat; 17 mg cholesterol; 961 mg sodium. 14.6 g carbohydrates; 5.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2012
This was great! I used 3 tbsp. of butter instead of 2 but that was my only change. I did feel that the dressing ended up a bit salty for me so I will reduce the salt next time but other than that this turned out delicious. LOVED the croutons! I made the dressing a little earlier and allowed it to sit @ room temp to allow the flavors to blend. I will be making this again! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/22/2013
I made it exactly as written and I liked it but I didn't love it. Something in the flavor was off but I can't pinpoint it. Maybe too much dijon? I don't know. I also prefer a thicker caesar dressing. The croutons were nice. Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2012
This was great! I used 3 tbsp. of butter instead of 2 but that was my only change. I did feel that the dressing ended up a bit salty for me so I will reduce the salt next time but other than that this turned out delicious. LOVED the croutons! I made the dressing a little earlier and allowed it to sit @ room temp to allow the flavors to blend. I will be making this again! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2012
This was great! I used 3 tbsp. of butter instead of 2 but that was my only change. I did feel that the dressing ended up a bit salty for me so I will reduce the salt next time but other than that this turned out delicious. LOVED the croutons! I made the dressing a little earlier and allowed it to sit @ room temp to allow the flavors to blend. I will be making this again! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/22/2013
I made it exactly as written and I liked it but I didn't love it. Something in the flavor was off but I can't pinpoint it. Maybe too much dijon? I don't know. I also prefer a thicker caesar dressing. The croutons were nice. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/07/2013
I made the dressing and it tasted almost like the Caesar dressing you get in a real Italian restaurant. My family enjoyed it. I did not have time to make the croutons so I just used store bought. I will make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2013
This recipe was the first recipe of this kind I've tried- Loved It! I had run out of my boyfriends favorite dressing so I found this & made it- I made just the dressing because I was pressed for time. I put it over my boyfriend's favorite salad greens and it was his favorite part of the meal! I also served it at a recent party and got tons of compliments. I can't wait to try the full recipe with the home made croutons and the romaine lettuce. I am now making this every 3 or 4 days the dressing has become a staple in our house. Thanks for submitting this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2013
Yummy!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2016
Terrific salad and dressing! I used olive oil instead of canola oil and reduced the salt to 1/2 teaspoon and it was wonderful. I have made it several times and guests love it. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2017
I really like this recipe but I cut the salt back to 1/2 tsp. As I found it too salty. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2017
I didn't have anchovy paste so I doubled the Worcestershire. Was excellent! Will make over and over! Thanks for submitting! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2015
Delicious dressing Read More