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Caesar Salad Recipe

Classic Caesar Salad with crisp homemade croutons and a light caesar dressing – for when you want to impress your dinner guests.

If you love caesar recipes as much as we do, check out our creamy caesar dressing and caesar pasta salad.

Classic Caesar Salad in a bowl with homemade croutons, shaved parmesan and caesar salad dressing

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My son, David, is to thank for this recipe. He is 9 years old and took kids cooking classes at Sur La Table where he learned and fell in love with this caesar salad recipe, so we re-created it at home together.

Caesar Salad Recipe Ingredients:

Caesar salad is easy, classic and the ingredients are simple. You’ll need:

  • 1 large or 2 small heads of romaine lettuce
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded or shaved
  • Crisp croutons – homemade can be made several days ahead. The recipe below makes enough for 2 salads.
  • Caesar salad dressing – homemade is best and here is our favorite store-bought dressing in a pinch

Ingredients for caesar salad with romaine lettuce, crouton ingredients, and caesar salad ingredients

How to Make Croutons:

The crunchy homemade garlic croutons really elevate this salad, making it look and taste quite fancy. The cheese crusted onto each little toast will have you snacking on these croutons!

  • Cut baguette in half lengthwise and slice into 1/4″ thick pieces and place on baking sheet.
  • Combine 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil with minced garlic. toss breads with garlic infused oil and 2 Tbsp parmesan.
  • Spread Evenly and Bake to desired crispness.

How to make croutons with sliced bread and garlic infused olive oil

Parmesan Garlic croutons on baking sheet

How to Make Caesar Salad Dressing:

The caesar salad dressing comes together so fast and all you need is a bowl and whisk. This Caesar dressing is light, healthy and packs so much fresh flavor without needing much salt at all.

  • Whisk together minced garlic, dijon, Worcestershire, lemon juice and red wine vinegar.
  • Whisking while adding oil emulsifies the dressing for a smooth and creamy (not oily) consistency.
  • Season with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste.

Click here if you prefer a creamy Caesar dressing.

How to make caesar salad dressing whisking ingredients together in a bowl and whisking while adding olive oil

How to Make Caesar Salad:

In a large mixing bowl, combine all of your ingredients and toss gently to coat the lettuce in caesar dressing. This recipe makes enough croutons for two full salads so you’ll have them ready to go for round 2!

Cook’s tip: to get those lovely parmesan shavings, all you need is a block of parmesan and a potato peeler (Amazon affiliate link). It’s easy peasy!

How to Make Caesar Salad tossing with 2 spoons in a bowl

More Romaine Salad Recipes to Discover:

Romain Salad with croutons, parmesan and caesar dressing

Caesar Salad Recipe

5 from 16 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Caesar Salad recipe in a bowl with romaine, croutons, parmesan cheese and caesar dressing

Classic Caesar Salad with crisp homemade croutons and a light caesar salad dressing. 

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$10
Keyword: Caesar Salad, Caesar Salad Recipe
Calories: 289 kcal
Servings: 4 servings as a side salad

Ingredients

For the Croutons:

  • 1/2 French Baguette cut in half and thinly sliced (1/4" thick)
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic 2 small cloves
  • 2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Caesar Salad dressing:

For the Caesar Salad:

  • 1 large romaine lettuce (or 2 small heads romaine)
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese shredded or shaved

Instructions

How to Make Croutons:

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Cut the baguette in half lengthwise through the top of the baguette then slice diagonally into 1/4" thick pieces. Place the breads onto a baking sheet.

  2. In a small bowl, combine 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil and 1 tsp of finely minced garlic. Drizzle the garlic oil over the croutons and sprinkle the top with 2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese.
  3. Toss until evenly coated. Spread in a single layer over the baking sheet and bake at 350˚F until light golden and crisp (10-12 minutes), or to desired crispness.

How to Make Caesar Salad Dressing:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, dijon, Worcestershire, lemon juice and red wine vinegar.
  2. Slowly drizzle in extra virgin olive oil while whisking constantly.

  3. Whisk in 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper, or season to taste.

How to Make Caesar Salad:

  1. Rinse, dry and chop or tear the romaine into bite-sized pieces. Place in a large serving bowl and sprinkle generously with shredded parmesan cheese and cooled croutons. Drizzle with caesar dressing and toss gently until lettuce is evenly coated.

Recipe Notes

Note on Nutrition Label - the croutons recipe makes enough for 2 full salads or 8 servings which is reflected in the "per serving" nutrition label. 

Nutrition Facts
Caesar Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 596mg26%
Potassium 56mg2%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 680IU14%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 135mg14%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Susan Minerley
    October 21, 2019

    A real “Caesar Salad” has
    Anchovies Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 21, 2019

      Thank you for sharing that with us, Susan! Reply

  • Pamela
    October 13, 2019

    I have done a lot of your recipes. You never disappoint. It’s so fun to try new things. Most of them have taken a permanent spot in my recipe box. You need your own show. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 14, 2019

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment! You’re so nice! Thank you! Reply

  • Kelly Hildbold
    September 12, 2019

    I love Caesar salad and this is now my favorite recipe. Didn’t change a thing and even super picky husband gobbled it up! Thanks for sharing!!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 12, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Kelly! Thank you for that awesome review! Reply

  • Paula Fetcho
    August 19, 2019

    This dressing is the closest to any Good Restaurant’s Caesar Salad I’ve enjoyed.
    It hardly seemed worth it but I did add 1/2 tsp. of Mayo and 1 ” Anchovie paste.
    So Good. Thank-you! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 19, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it Reply

  • Lesly Clarke
    August 6, 2019

    Very similar to William Sonoma’ recipe. They add anchovy paste and a couple more garlic cloves, we like more of a flavour punch and that does it. I can make it in my sleep. So better than any store bought. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 6, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Brenda G Burke
    July 29, 2019

    This salad is amazing and the best dressing that I’ve ever had. Could you make up a big batch of the dressing and refrigerate it? I had some of the bread left over and put it in some french onion soup…yummy! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 29, 2019

      That’s sounds like a great idea, I don’t see why not! Reply

  • Mary Lou
    July 27, 2019

    Hi Natasha, I am making your ceasar salad today and wanted to know if you put dressing on just before you serve it, I am bringing it to party and not sure what to do. Thankyou, and I love your recipes and your videos💜 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 27, 2019

      Hi Mary Lou, yes, we like to add the dressing right before serving. Reply

  • Katrina Williams
    July 8, 2019

    This recipe is delicious! I love it!!

    Thank you so much for a great Caesar salad 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 8, 2019

      You’re very welcome! Thank you for that awesome review! Reply

  • ZQQ
    May 27, 2019

    Love it, _eady, health, and tasty! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 28, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that! Reply

  • Rachel
    May 19, 2019

    Hi Natasha! I wanted to just drop a line and thank you for sharing such a great Caesar Salad recipe. I recently shared an EASY Baked Chicken Parmesan recipe on my blog and linked back to this salad as a side dish option. You’re on fire and I admire your work. I attended EFC this year (as it’s close to home – Provo, UT) and saw you across the room. Hopefully, another opportunity will come where I can meet and thank you in person. Keep rockin’ it girl! Thanks again for sharing such delicious goodness! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 19, 2019

      You’re so nice! Thank you for sharing your thoughtful feedback with me, Rachel! & definitely say hi next time! Reply

  • Kiran
    April 20, 2019

    Hi Natasha ,
    Want to try this recipe… whats a good substitute for red wine vinegar.
    Thanks.
    Kiran Reply

    • Natasha
      April 20, 2019

      Hi Kiran, we prefer the flavor of red wine vinegar for this salad but the next best thing would probably be apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar. Reply

  • Howard Kaplan
    April 4, 2019

    Wonderful, simple and a hit! I am definitely a fan, and turn to you more and more. Thanks and continue the great work. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 4, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Carol
    March 15, 2019

    Preparing Caesar salad for our gourmet group tomorrow. Which of your dressings would you recommend? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 15, 2019

      Hi Carol! We have this awesome Caesar dressing here. Also most of our dressings can be found following this link hereReply

      • Carol Roeder
        March 16, 2019

        Thanks! Just made the creamy Caesar dressing which is creamy but not that thick. Should I add something to thicken? Reply

        • Natasha
          March 18, 2019

          Hi Carol, be sure to use the correct oil for that dressing and I have found the best way to thicken it is in the food processor (some people have also reported good results in a high powered blender), adding the oil in a slow steady stream so that it can emulsify and thicken the dressing. It would be difficult to emulsify if all of the oil is added at once. You might blend a little longer or add a little more parmesan, but it will still taste good even in a thinner state. Reply

  • Stephanie Martin
    February 22, 2019

    Hi there. So wishing that we could try this but are very limited here due to my husband’s renal failure. So….too much sodium for him. He is carb and potassium-restricted as well which makes cooking anything very difficult now. I still do enjoy following you and your recipes though. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 22, 2019

      Oh I’m so sorry to hear that, Stephanie! That does sound difficult! Several of our readers have altered the recipes to meet their dietary needs and post the changes they have made in the comments. You may find some ways to alter that there. Blessings to you both! Reply

  • Karen
    January 30, 2019

    Hi Natasha! This dressing sounds amazing but I’d like to make it ahead of time. Do you know how long I can keep it in the fridge? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 30, 2019

      Hi Karen, this should last at least a few days to a week in the fridge. We gobbled this recipe up and didn’t have enough to store to truly test the freshness in the fridge. Reply

  • Cristina Sanchez
    January 27, 2019

    Hi Natasha, I don’t see the oven temperature for the croutons!! Reply

    • Natasha
      January 27, 2019

      Hi Cristina, oh goodness so sorry I missed that. I baked the Caesar salad croutons at 350˚F. Reply

  • Dina
    January 23, 2019

    Hi Natasha
    How do I store the croutons? How long can I store them?
    Thank you Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 23, 2019

      Hi Dina, we store ours in a zip-top bags or in an airtight food storage container at room temperature for a few days or you can put it in the freezer for several weeks. Reply

  • Barbara ODay
    January 18, 2019

    I have two Caesar Salads that I like to make… My Mom taught me this one back in the early 1950’s:

    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    1/2 tsp. salt and pepper
    1 can oil-packed anchovey fillets, rinsed and chopped
    1 Tbs. lemon juice
    1 egg raw or coddled if you must
    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil.-
    1 head romaine torn or cut up
    1.2 cup parmesan cheese
    Croutons…

    2nd version,

    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    1/2 tsp. salt & pepper
    1 can smoked oysters
    1 Tbs. lemon juice
    1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

    I whip up both of the dressings in a blender and then pour over the lettuce… BUT this second recipe really needs no cheese or even crouton since it is already so rich!!

    This second one is the favourite of everyone that tries it!! Reply

  • Jocelyn
    January 16, 2019

    Our youngest son absolutely loves caesar salad!! We eat this all the time!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 17, 2019

      That’s so great!! Thank you for that great review! Reply

  • Linda Grissom
    January 16, 2019

    Just curious. I thought that Caesar Salad dressing had anchovies in it. I bought a tube just for that purpose but haven’t used it. Its still in the fridge. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 16, 2019

      Hi Linda, we used Worcestershire instead of anchovies in this recipe. There are recipes out there that call for anchovies I’m sure. Reply

      • Linda Grissom
        January 17, 2019

        Thank you! I guess I didn’t need to buy this anchovie paste after all. There is nothing else I will use it for because I am definitely not an anchovie person. Reply

        • Lesly Clarke
          January 19, 2019

          I ALWAYS use anchovies in my dressing along with garlic, dijon, red wine vinegar, egg yolk, worchestershire sauce, olive oil and s&p. (Quite fabulous, let it meld in the fridge for a couple hours.) Reply

          • Natasha
            January 19, 2019

            Hi Lesly, Thanks for sharing! Your caesar dressing with anchovies sounds great also!

          • Linda Grissom
            January 19, 2019

            Thank you and thanks to all who responded to my question.

            Lesly do you have quantities for those items in your recipe?

        • Jeanie Joe
          July 6, 2019

          Use the anchovie paste, Linda! A classic Caesar has anchovies, and if you mix the paste (just before serving) with the dressing, it will be fabulous, and really does not reek of anchovies. Just mix a bit in and taste to your liking, then add more if needed. Reply

  • Gloria
    January 16, 2019

    Never tried Worcestershire sauce before. Where do you buy it?
    Do you use it for anything else besides salads?

    Thanks! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 16, 2019

      Hi Gloria! We buy it at our local grocery store. Worcestershire is actually quite popular, this link here will take you to a few recipes that use that also. Reply

  • lauren kelly
    January 16, 2019

    I love everything about this! Especially the homemade croutons! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 16, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Alli
    January 16, 2019

    I adore Caesar salad. This is one of my favorite recipes. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 16, 2019

      Thank you Alli! Its definitly a favroite aroun here! Reply

  • Aimee Shugarman
    January 16, 2019

    We eat caesar salad several times a month. LOVE this dressing recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 16, 2019

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite! Reply

  • Cheryl
    January 16, 2019

    this is my husband’s favorite salad! thanks for a delicious recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 16, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it Reply

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