Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing

Creamy Caesar Dressing--DIY Caesar Salad Dressing

Creamy Caesar Dressing–DIY Caesar Salad Dressing

My latest obsession is salad.  Crispy and crunchy vegetables with a drizzle of oil, and a splash of citrus or vinegar–what’s not to love?  Salads are a great way to get in a few servings of fresh vegetables in their raw state.  As much as I love salads, they can become a bit boring if you don’t mix things up a bit.  The easiest way to do that is to switch out the vegetables and the dressing.  I often make caesar salads with romaine lettuce, but sometimes I switch out the romaine and replace it with baby kale, or lacinto kale.  It makes for a hearty salad and an especially delicious twist to the standard caesar  salad, we are all used to.  I’ll post the recipe I use for the kale caesar another day, but today, I’m sharing my recipe for my favorite creamy caesar salad dressing.  It’s my go to dressing, when I crave a creamy salad dressing.

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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: none

Ingredients:

1 clove of garlic pasted

2 Tablespoons of lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon of worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon of anchovy paste

2 large egg yolks

1/4 cup grape seed oil

5 teaspoons of olive oil

3/4 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese

black pepper to taste

Directions:  To a small bowl add the grated garlic and lemon juice, allow to sit for 10 minutes.  If you have a hand mixer like I do, add the lemon garlic mixture, (after it sits for 10 minutes), and the rest of the ingredients to a bowl and mix until the mixture thickens–about 1-2 minutes.

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Transfer to an air tight container and chill until ready to use.

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If you don’t have a hand mixer,  whisk worcestershire sauce, anchovies, and egg yolks into garlic/lemon juice mixture.



While whisking, drizzle grape seed oil and extra virgin olive oil into bowl in slow, steady stream until fully emulsified.


 Add 3/4 cup Parmesan and pepper to taste; whisk until incorporated:

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Caesar Salad–The best recipe you’ll ever find



I LOVE Caesar salad. Besides Greek salad, Caesar salad is my go to salad of choice. I love everything about Caesar salad, the romaine, the croutons, the tangy dressing, Caesar salad is just yummy! Although Caesar salad has a creamy dressing, it never feels heavy. I don’t buy salad dressings, I always make my own. Although store bought is great in a time pinch, most store bought salad dressings have so many additives, that I tend to just skip buying them all together. I don’t want to even imagine what most store bought Caesar salad dressings have in them!  I have made Caesar salad dressing at home with with a shortcut like Vegenaise, which is a vegan alternative to mayo. I’ve never been a fan of mayo, so if I need anything that calls for mayo, I just use the vegan alternative. This particular recipe uses 2 raw egg yolks, so your essentially making your own mayonnaise.  Since we are using raw egg yolks, make sure you use pasteurized egg yolks. I wouldn’t want anyone to get sick. If you’re not a bread person skip the croutons, but these are so good you should definitely try them. Use your favorite artisan bread. I picked up a fresh loaf of sourdough at a local bakery, but a ciabatta or any other fresh bread will work.

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Ingredients:

1 clove of garlic pasted

2 Tablespoons of lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon of worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon of anchovy paste

2 large egg yolks

1/4 cup grape seed oil

5 teaspoons of olive oil

3/4 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese

black pepper to taste

2-3 romaine hearts, roughly chopped (rinsed and dried)

For Croutons:

1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon of garlic paste

5 cups of a fresh artisan bread of your choice

4 tablespoons of water

1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

2 tablespoons of finely grated parmesan cheese

Directions for Croutons: Combine garlic paste and 1 tablespoon of oil in a small bowl and set aside.  Place bread cubes in a large bowl.  Sprinkle with water and salt.  Toss, squeezing gently so that the bread absorbs the water.

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    • Place remaining 4 tablespoons oil and soaked bread cubes in 12-inch nonstick skillet. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until browned and crisp, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove skillet from heat, push croutons to sides of skillet to clear center, add garlic/oil mixture to clearing and cook with residual heat of pan, 10 seconds:
 
Sprinkle with Parmesan; toss until garlic and Parmesan are evenly distributed. Transfer croutons to bowl; set aside:
 
  1. FOR THE SALAD: Whisk garlic paste and 2 tablespoons lemon juice together in large bowl. Let stand 10 minutes, VERY IMPORTANT: DO NOT to skip this step, otherwise your salad dressing will be taste too garlicky.

     

  2. Whisk Worcestershire sauce, anchovies, and egg yolks into garlic/lemon juice mixture. 



    While whisking, drizzle grape seed oil and extra virgin olive oil into bowl in slow, steady stream until fully emulsified.


     Add 3/4 cup Parmesan and pepper to taste; whisk until incorporated:

     

  3. Add romaine to dressing and toss to coat. Add croutons and mix gently until evenly distributed. Taste and season with up to 1 additional tablespoon lemon juice:

     
    You can add chicken to this if you like, and it will be just as delicious!
     
    What’s your favorite salad?
     
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Parmesan Chicken with Caesar Roasted Romaine

Parmesan chicken is one of my favorite meals. This particular Parmesan chicken recipe is so easy to make, and it’s paired perfectly with roasted romaine. It is like eating a Caesar salad, but kicked up a few notches! This particular Parmesan chicken recipe speaks to my inner lazy girl, because it’s a one pot wonder! You read it right, everything cooks in one pan, and in 20 minutes! It doesn’t get better than that! If you’ve never tried roasted romain, then you’re in for a treat with this recipe. Romaine takes on a rich, warm, and soulful texture when you roast it. Everyone who tries this, always mistakes the romaine for a sturdier green, like a kale, or collard…without the bitterness of course.  Most Parmesan chicken recipes include bread crumbs, this one does not, so it’s gluten free. If you want to add bread crumbs then be my guest, just swap out 1/2 a cup of the cheese with 1/2 cup of either Panko, or bread crumbs. 
Here is what you need
1 lbs of  skinless, boneless chicken (4 breast or 5-6 chicken thighs)
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup of grated Percorino or Asiago cheese
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 garlic cloves, chopped, divided
2 large hearts of romaine, halved lengthwise
4 anchovy fillets packed in oil, drained, chopped
1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
Directions:
Preheat oven to 450°. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Season chicken with salt and pepper; place on prepared sheet.

Combine cheese, 2 Tbsp. oil, parsley, and 1 garlic clove in a medium bowl.

Pat mixture onto breasts.

 Roast chicken until crumbs begin to turn golden, about 10 minutes.

Drizzle romaine with 1 Tbsp. oil and sprinkle with remaining 1 chopped garlic clove. Season with salt and pepper. Remove sheet from oven; place romaine around chicken.

 Roast until chicken is cooked through and lettuce is browned at edges, about 5 minutes.

Divide among plates. Top lettuce with anchovies; garnish with lemon wedges for squeezing over. Enjoy! 

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