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Classic Caesar Salad

Classic Caesar Salad
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn The classic Caesar salad was created in 1924 when chef Caesar Cardini was low on supplies. He was forced to use the random ingredients he had in his kitchen to make salads to serve his patrons. Almost a century later, it's still a go-to staple in the summertime. It pairs well with almost anything; add a piece of grilled chicken or fish and you have a perfect summer dinner.
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  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins

The garlic oil can stand for as little as 10 minutes instead of overnight, and egg yolks are used in place of coddling whole eggs. But it should still be made just before serving. If desired, you can eat it with your hands, as its creator Cardini did.

Ingredients

7tablespoons extra-virgin olive
4 to 6cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
2cups croutons, made from firm-textured bread
3 Romaine lettuce hearts
1/2teaspoon kosher salt
1/4teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
Juice from one lemon
2large pasteurized egg yolks
2teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Instructions

  1. Combine olive oil and garlic in a small bowl; cover tightly and let stand 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 325F. Toss croutons with 3 tablespoons garlic oil to coat. Spread in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake about 10 minutes or just until the edges begin to color. Set aside to cool.
  3. Carefully separate leaves of the romaine hearts; place in a large salad bowl. Drizzle lettuce with 2 tablespoons garlic oil, salt and pepper; toss well. Add another 2 tablespoons garlic oil, lemon juice, yolks and Worcestershire; toss gently. Sprinkle with cheese and croutons. Serve. Encourage guests to pick up leaves with their fingers.

Recipe adapted by Greg Patent

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calcium 15%
  • Iron 15%