Caesar Salad Dressing

If you're looking for a simple, tasty way to impress guests, a nice Caesar salad is the perfect opener to a great meal. Caesar salad is the ideal precursor to a delicious steak and baked potato dinner, and it is especially fun if prepared right at the table in front of your guests. You'll have to wash and tear the romaine lettuce ahead of time and either buy premade croutons or prepare your croutons yourself.  However, the Caesar salad dressing can be mixed in a medium-sized mixing bowl just before serving.

The classic recipe calls for the use of raw egg, something many people are either not comfortable with or find unappetizing. You can use pasteurized eggs and prepare the classic recipe safely, but many people feel the best Caesar salad dressing recipe is one that does not use eggs at all.

Classic Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

Ingredients You Will Need:
1 pasteurized egg, boiled for one minute
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt
Pepper
1 fresh lemon
Worcestershire sauce
Parmesan cheese, grated

How to Make Classic Caesar Salad Dressing
If you made your own croutons in garlic and olive oil, take olive oil from the skillet for the dressing. If you did not make your own croutons (or cannot get two tablespoons of garlic olive oil from the skillet), infuse two tablespoons of olive oil with one clove of minced garlic for at least 30 minutes before making the recipe. 

You will also want to coddle your egg (even if it's pasteurized), which means to boil your egg between 45 to 60 seconds. This makes the dressing a little creamier.

Crack open the egg. Separate the egg yolk from the egg white. Discard the egg white.

In your mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and garlic-infused olive oil. Add the juice from one lemon, whisking as you squeeze the juice. Add between four to six drops of Worcestershire sauce and a pinch of salt. Mix thoroughly. Using a pepper grinder, add between six to eight grinds of pepper. Add a quarter cup of grated parmesan cheese. Mix salad dressing. Toss with lettuce and top with croutons.

Modern Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

Ingredients You Will Need:
¼ cup mayonnaise (Make your own homemade mayonnaise for best results)
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 fresh lemon
2 teaspoons anchovy paste

How to Make Modern Caesar Salad Dressing
Combine ingredients above in a mixing bowl, whisking as you add each ingredient. 

Homemade Caesar salad dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours in a sealed container.

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