Classic Caesar Salad


This Caesar salad is the same recipe we made at a very fancy restaurant while I was in college. The best part of the job was making tableside dishes, including this Caesar salad which is the best I've ever had.

Looking down at a plate of classic restaurant caesar salad.
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins



  • 3 anchovy fillets

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • ½ lemon, juiced

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • ½ head romaine lettuce, chopped

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons croutons


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    All ingredients gathered to make classic restaurant caesar salad.

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  2. To make the dressing: Mash anchovy fillets and garlic in a large salad bowl. Add lemon juice, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, egg yolk, and Worcestershire sauce; whisk until smooth and creamy. Gradually stream in olive oil while whisking constantly. Season with salt and black pepper.

    Garlic mashed with anchovy fillets.

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    Rest of dressing ingredients mixed together.

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  3. Make salad: Gently mix romaine lettuce and Parmesan cheese into dressing until thoroughly coated.

    Romaine lettuce and parmesan cheese mixed together in the bowl of dressing.

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  4. Serve salad topped with croutons.

    Salad topped with croutons.

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If you have trouble getting the anchovies to mash, add a couple of croutons. The hard edges cut into the anchovies.

Editor's Note:

This recipe contains raw egg. We recommend that pregnant women, young children, older adults, and the immunocompromised do not consume raw egg. Learn more about egg safety from our article, How to Make Your Eggs Safe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

362 Calories
33g Fat
10g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 362
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 587mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 26mg 132%
Calcium 171mg 13%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 308mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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