One of my favorite salads is Caesar. That shouldn’t be a surprise, as I LOVE garlic! My grandfather invented this recipe for home-made Caesar dressing, and passed it on to my mom and then me. It’s definitely not for someone who doesn’t like garlic – it really will knock your socks off! But it’s one of our family favorites, so I knew I had to share it on my blog. They used to grind the garlic with the salt in the salad bowl using a pestle, but one day my mom decided to use her Magic Bullet and we haven’t looked back since!
Knock Your Socks Off Caesar Dressing
- 3/4 c olive oil
- 1/2 c lemon juice
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/4 tsp mustard powder
- 4″ (about 1 tsp) anchovy paste (from the tube)
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until a uniform mixture is achieved; be sure all the garlic is chopped small! Serve over Romaine lettuce with your favorite “stick cheese” (Parmesan, or Parmesan blend) and croutons. Store in a glass jar (recycled from a store-bought sauce or Mason) to prevent garlic from getting into plastic; keeps for a week in the fridge.
Radar complains that my dressing is too lemon-y, because I also like lemons, so you can cut down on the juice if you prefer (although I already cut it back some for this recipe – I usually do a 1:1 ratio with the oil!). When I’m by myself, like now with deployment, I tend to skip the cheese because I just don’t eat it fast enough; I’m also not a huge crouton fan, so I pretty much just eat lettuce and dressing – yum!
You’ll definitely want to keep some breath mints handy for after you eat this delicious dressing!