Caesar Salad Recipe

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


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


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.