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Caesar Salad with Lemon Parmesan Dressing

This classic salad has come a long way since its 1924 invention by Caesar Cardini at his Tijuana restaurant. It’s now found on virtually every menu in the country - at home and in restaurants. Since there are as many ways to make it as there are cooks, I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about authenticity, just flavour. Here’s my version.

Serving: 4-6 Servings (dressing 2 cups)

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A half loaf Italian bread
A few generous splashes olive oil
2 heads romaine lettuce
A thinly sliced Red Onion
A sprinkle or two Salt and Pepper
A cup extra virgin olive oil
2 lemons juiced and zested
A few generous splashes of olive oil
A few dashes Worcestershire sauce
A heaping spoonful Dijon mustard
1/2 cup or so grated Parmesan cheese
few cloves chopped garlic
A sprinkle or two Salt and Pepper


For the Salad:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Cut the bread into cubes and toss with enough olive oil to lightly coat each one. Spread the cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown and crisp, about fifteen minutes.

Tear the lettuce into bite-sized pieces and toss with the onion and a half-cup or so of the dressing. Sprinkle the croutons on top and season.

For the Dressing:

Mix everything together until smooth dressing forms. A blender, food processor or an old-fashioned whisk and bowl all work well but I prefer my immersion blender. It’s easier to clean up!


  1. Susan said: On Dec 19, 2013

    This isn’t the recipe from the episode I watched…the other recipe had a can of anchovies…anyone know where I can find that one?

    • gisela said: On Mar 18, 2014

      I would like the recipe from the episode that had anchovies in the caesar salad dressing. I don’t like to use raw egg yolks or mayo.

    • linda said: On Mar 21, 2014

      Go to, and look up Cesar’s Empire Salad recipe from Chef Michael’s Kitchen show…. It also has the bacon fat and fish sauce in it, but if I remember correctly, he just added those ingredients afterwards, for his next salad…. hope this helps…

  2. Mary said: On Aug 18, 2013

    How long can this salad dressing be stored in the refrigerator?
    Thank you

  3. kris said: On Dec 11, 2012

    hi my name is kris i watch your show every morning love it

  4. Leanne said: On Jan 8, 2011

    This one has become a family favourite and it’s always a hit when we serve it up with roasted tomato penne.

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