Knock Your Socks Off Caesar Dressing

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

Ingredients:

  • 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!

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Caesar salad, “au naturelle”

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