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Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons


  • 1 head of romaine lettuce, washed and dried
  • 1/2 cup good mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups of Buttery Homemade Croutons

Prep Time:

15 minutes

Cook Time:




Once you find a great Caesar dressing, like in this recipe, making a great Caesar salad is no problem. Here, the crunch of the romaine is highlighted by the crispy homemade croutons and creamy dressing.

Why Try? In our test kitchens, we tested many Caesar dressings and this was the hands-down favorite.

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Foodie Byte: Using mayonnaise instead of the traditional egg yolk in the dressing, you don’t have to worry about the dangers of using raw egg. If you want to use anchovy fillets, substitute four fillets for one teaspoon paste.


  1. To make the Caesar dressing, put mayonnaise, lemon juice, Dijon, anchovy paste, garlic, Parmesan, and black pepper in a food processor, and pulse until a smooth, well-blended sauce is formed.
  2. With the romaine leaves, you can tear them into bite-sized pieces, chop them up, or leave them whole, depending on your preference.
  3. Toss the romaine in the dressing or drizzle some over a plate of lettuce. Top with Buttery Homemade Croutons.

Nutritional Information

Calories 312, Carbohydrates 27g, Cholesterol 27mg, Fat 21g, Fat Calories 185, Fiber 4g, Protein 7g, Saturated Fat 6g, Sodium 528mg. Daily Values: Calcium 126.33mg 13%, Phos 121.7mg 12%, Copper 0.13mg 7%, Zinc 0.85mg 6%, Panto 0.41mg 4%, Biotin 3.41mcg 1137%, Iodine 6.44mcg 4%, Magnesium 32.31mg 8%, Iron 2.56mg 14%, Vitamin B6 8%, Vitamin C 16%, Vitamin B12 3%, Vitamin D 1%, Vit E-a-Toco 5%, Vitamin A 277%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.