Colorful Caesar Salad

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

the salad:

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

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the croutons:

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)

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the parmesan:

1/2 cup of a good grated parmesan cheese (like Parmigiano-Reggiano)

I like to use a peeler to make shavings.

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the dressing:

your ingredients –

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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 -

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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.

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Add some freshly ground salt & pepper and some red pepper flakes and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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