Caesar salad is a very popular salad that is really simple and has just a few ingredients. It is traditionally made with romaine lettuce, croutons and a caesar salad dressing. The homemade dressing is what makes it really special!
For my version I added a little color to it with some additional vegetables. This makes it even healthier, and I think it adds to the flavor. The red pepper, radish and radicchio mingle well with the romaine lettuce and the tangy, creamy dressing.
Colorful Caesar Salad
serves about 4-6
one package of romaine lettuce (wash and dry each leaf well and use the inside leaves smaller leaves for the salad)
1/2 – 1 red pepper (thinly sliced into strips)
2-3 radishes (slice off the red sides and then into thin strips)
a few large leaves of radicchio (tear into 1′ – 2″ pieces)
1 – 2 shallot (finely minced) – save for the dressing
1/4 of a whole wheat french baguette (cut into 1/2″ – 1″ cubes)
2 – 3 TB. of olive oil (brush onto breads cubes to coat them)
add a few grinds of salt & pepper
arrange on a pan and bake at 375 for about ten minutes (or until lightly brown)
1/2 cup of a good grated parmesan cheese (like Parmigiano-Reggiano)
I like to use a peeler to make shavings.
your ingredients –
In a small bowl add:
1 egg yolk (or 2 TB of mayonnaise – if preferred for children)
* (for a creamier version add 1 TB. of mayonnaise to the whisked egg – which is what I did)
juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon of worcestershire sauce
1 TB. of dijon mustard (I used Dijonnaise)
1 – 2 shallots or one clove of garlic (finely minced – see above)
whisk together with a fork -
Arrange the ingredients on a plate. Top with the croutons and parmesan and pour the dressing on top. Then gently toss it around to coat all the leaves.
Add some freshly ground salt & pepper and some red pepper flakes and enjoy!