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Caesar salad with croutons in a bowl.
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Caesar Salad

This classic caesar salad is easy to make and vegetarian. Topped with a delicious homemade creamy dressing, it comes together quickly with simple ingredients.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 441kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


Homemade Croutons

Caesar Dressing

For assembly

  • 1 large head romaine lettuce cut into large pieces
  • ¼ cup shaved parmesan cheese


  • To make croutons, preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the bread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Drizzle the oil on top and season with salt and pepper. Toss with your hands to combine. Bake until golden brown and crispy, about 7-8 minutes; set aside to cool.
  • To make the dressing, place the garlic cloves on a small cutting board and mince until it forms a paste. Add the anchovy paste on top and continue to mince until well combined. Transfer to a small jar. Add the mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, lemon zest and lemon juice, dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and black peppers. Whisk together until smooth and creamy. Taste and add salt or lemon juice, if needed.
  • Place the romaine lettuce in a large serving bowl, top with the shaved parmesan cheese and croutons. Drizzle with the Caesar dressing and toss gently to combine and coat the lettuce with the dressing. Serve cold or at room temperature


Make Ahead: You can make the dressing up to 7 days in advance and you can prepare the salad up to 1 day in advance. 
For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • Instead of Worcester sauce, you can use soy sauce or liquid aminos.
  • Instead of anchovy paste, you can use capers smashed into a paste.


Serving: 2cups | Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 966mg | Potassium: 545mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 13784IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 258mg | Iron: 3mg