Caesar Salad with Parmesan Peppercorn Croutons

Sometimes I crave a good old caesar salad…crisp pieces of romaine tossed with a creamy and slightly nutty dressing, shaved parmesan, and homemade parmesan peppercorn croutons.  If you’ve never made croutons at home, I think you’ll find that they taste much better than storebought croutons, and additionally, they are a great use for leftover stale bread.  Traditionally, caesar salad dressing is made with egg yolks, but this is sort of a speedier version that uses mayo for creaminess (and I know this is probably good news for those of you who are squeamish about raw egg).  Here’s how to make yourself some caesar salad (and yes, homemade dressing is always better):

Serves 2.  Easily doubles, triples, etc

Ingredients:
4 cups diced old parmesan peppercorn bread (or french bread)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1.5 tsp anchovy paste
1 tsp dijon mustard
3/4 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 head of romaine lettuce
1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano shavings
salt and pepper

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Toss the bread cubes with the olive oil, then sprinkle with salt (and pepper, if you’re not using parmesan peppercorn bread).

Bake for 15-25 minutes, depending on the staleness of your bread (stale bread crisps quicker because it has less moisture).  Basically just pull them out when they’re golden brown and crispy.  Let them cool completely.

For the dressing, whisk to combine the garlic, mayo, anchovy paste, mustard, worcestershire, and lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cut the romaine into pieces, then toss with the dressing.  Add the croutons and shaved parmesan, and enjoy!

Click here for the printable recipe.

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7 Responses to Caesar Salad with Parmesan Peppercorn Croutons

  1. I want those croutons!! Just to snack on, who needs the salad they look so good!

  2. I’m not squeamish about egg yolks, but those who are can buy pasteurized. I’m sure they’re pricier, but it’s not like you’d need a bunch. In any case, this is a good switch. Love the croutons.

  3. Caroline says:

    Yes, homemade dressing is always better. I walk straight past the dressing aisle at the market. Those croutons look absolutely delicious! Really makes the salad.

  4. Nydia says:

    You can find several kind of dressing for Ceasar salad in the market, but there is nothing like the one that is home made.

  5. Mmmm, Parmesan cheese, bread, ceaser dressing! Be still my heart!

  6. Ann says:

    This looks delicious! Brilliant minds thinking alike – we both did salads today! I completely agree that if you don’t make croutons yourself, you’re missing out on so much of the flavor and magic of a caesar salad! Beautifully done!

  7. Everything home made is better and this is one heck of a salad

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