Classic Caesar Salad Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 6 reviews

Appetizers Recipes Salads Side Dishes

Cook time Cook time: 10 minutes

Caesar Salad is a light and refreshing side dish that has croutons, a creamy homemade dressing, on a bed of crispy romaine lettuce and topped with parmesan cheese.

It is a great addition to any meal. If you want more salad ideas, check out my recipes for Deviled Egg Potato Salad, Grilled Chicken Fajita Salad, and Overnight Salad.

Classic Caesar Salad Recipe

This classic Caesar Salad recipe is so easy to make from scratch. Yes, even the croutons! And my favorite part of this recipe is being able to offer my family something fresh and healthy!

Making salads, especially this one, is a simple process but the results are outstanding. It pairs well with almost any meaty main dish.

Did you know that the dressing was originally made with raw egg? You whisk it so that it creates an emulsion with olive oil.

But to make things easier, we will use my homemade version! It eliminates the risk of having to consume raw egg, but still, it is delicious!

What goes into a Classic Caesar Salad?

  • Croutons: you will need French baguettes, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil
  • Dressing: more garlic, anchovy paste, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise, sour cream, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, salt, and ground black pepper
  • Romaine lettuce
  • More shredded parmesan cheese

How to make Caesar Dressing

  • Make a paste: Combine the first 5 ingredients as listed above.
  • Combine: Whisk together the rest of the dressing ingredients.
  • Store: You can put this in an airtight container to use later. Or, drizzle over your lettuce.

You can refer to this Caesar dressing recipe for the exact proportions. Feel free to omit the anchovies if you like. Even the traditional version does not have them.

How to make homemade Caesar Salad

  • Prepare the croutons: Divide the French baguette in half lengthwise, then, slice 1/4-inch thick pieces. In a bowl, combine the oil and minced garlic. Then, drizzle the mixture over the baguette pieces placed on a baking sheet. Toss until everything is coated. Line them up and toast in a preheated oven until crispy.
  • Make the dressing: In a bowl, combine the ingredients as described in the above section.
  • Prepare the lettuce: Rinse and dry the leaves, then chop or tear in smaller pieces. Place them in a bowl.
  • Assemble: Sprinkle parmesan cheese on the lettuce and drizzle the dressing on top. Toss everything, then serve.

Best lettuce for Caesar Salad?

The best lettuce to use is romaine. Keep it cold and crispy by cutting it. Remember to get only the freshest ones!

What to serve with Caesar Salad?

Recipe variations:

You may add protein by putting chunks of grilled chicken, pork, bacon, or boiled eggs. Or, add more ingredients like tomatoes, kale, and some short pasta!

How to store Caesar Salad?

It is always best to keep the romaine fresh. As for the rest of the elements, you can store them for up to a week.

Refrigerate the dressing and store the croutons at room temperature, sealed in an airtight container.

Recipe Tips:

  • You can also make the croutons on the stovetop by heating some oil on a skillet and tossing the bread cubes until everything is crispy and light brown. Other bread alternatives are sourdough and plain sandwich bread.
  • Make sure that the lettuce is dry. This is to ensure that the dressing will coat the leaves.
  • It is a nice lunchbox meal, too. What you need to do is to assemble it such that the lettuce remains crispy. In your container, layer the following in order: dressing, parmesan cheese (and other ingredients if you choose to add some meat), lettuce. Then, put the croutons in a separate container. Simply toss everything when ready to eat!
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5 from 6 reviews

Classic Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad is a light and refreshing side dish that has croutons, a creamy homemade dressing, on a bed of crispy romaine lettuce and topped with parmesan cheese.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time: 30 mins


Garlic Croutons:

Caesar Dressing:

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How to Make Croutons:

Caesar Salad Dressing:

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Nutrition information

Carbohydrates: 19 Protein: 14 Fat: 63 Saturated Fat: 14 Cholesterol: 47 Sodium: 1242 Potassium: 163 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 2 Vitamin A: 889 Vitamin C: 4 Calcium: 355 Iron: 2 Calories: 599
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Terri Steffes

I love a beautiful Caesar Salad. We were fortunate to have it our very first time at the hotel in Mexico that claims it was invented there.


Amber Myers

We love caesar salad but I admit, I always make it from a bag! I'll have to try and make the croutons and dressing on my own at some point.


GiGi Eats

NEED TO MAKE THIS NOW. I will forever have memories of my FAVORITE caesar salad I have ever had... At the Cheesecake Factory back when I was in boarding school when I was 15! haha!


Chelsea Bared

This looks amazing! Nothing like a fresh salad to really turn the day around, making this asap!



I love Caesar salad but have never made the dressing or croutons from scratch. I bet this is so much better than what we usually buy at the store.



I haven't had salad in a long time. I think I need to make this with our next pasta meal. It looks mouthwatering good!


Jamie H

I've been craving salads lately. I think I did too many comfort foods, and now my body wants something healthy. Your salad looks terrific.



I usually leave out the croutons with my Caesar Salad, lol. I'm definitely going to try your recipe. This will be huge hit here at home.


Chef Dennis

Yum! This Caesar Salad Recipe is making me crave right now! I can't wait to go to my kitchen and see if all ingredients are available. Thanks for sharing this.



That salad certainly looks divine. I love a good caesar salad. And I always love to have it for lunch.



Caesar salad is one of my favorites! I always order it when I'm out. This recipe tastes just like a restaurant! So good!



Caesar salad is probably one of my favorite kinds of salad. It is so good. I look forward to giving your recipe a try as well.



Casear salad is one of my favorite salads. I've never tried making it at home though. Looking forward to trying this recipe.



I love making Caesar salad. This recipe sounds great! We would leave out the anchovy for the vegetarians in the family. I find a lot of people are surprised when they didn't realize classic Caesar recipes have fish.


Shannon Gurnee

I love Caesar salad, but I've never made it by hand. Looks like a yummy recipe.



You can never go wrong with salads and the Ceasar salad is a classic. Tasty recipe!


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