Classic Caesar Salad

Classic Caesar, everyone's favorite that never gets old. Sharing today an easy recipe to make the best Classic Caesar salad. Also including few pantry substitutes to try salad with what have in-hand.

So easy to make at home, Classic Caesar makes great addition to dinner or enjoy as lunch with grilled chicken or protein of choice.
Classic Caesar Salad

Classic Caesar Salad, a must have recipe in every cook's salad repertoire! This Caesar Salad recipe is quick, simple, and bursting with flavor of classic creamy Caesar dressing, freshly grated parmesan tossed with chilled romaine heart leaves. 

Also including pantry substitutes to try Classic Caesar with what you have in-hand without compromising the flavor. You can also skip croutons to keep it gluten free. Skip anchovy to make it fish free. Read on to know more...

Let's make Classic Caesar today!

Caesar Salad

Traditional Caesar Salad is a refreshing romaine heart salad with toasted (or flavored) bread croutons and a lemony Caesar dressing made with garlic, anchovies, olive oil, and egg yolks. 

Romaine Parmesan Classic Caesar

Many Italian restaurants serve Classic Caesar salad prepared traditional way, from scratch, at the table side. Just like the table side guacamole served in Mexican restaurants. 

Every time we visit a classic Italian eatery, the table side Caesar Salad order is a must! Love the fresh chilled romaine hearts coated in fresh mixed dressing. A treat with pasta or pizza or when I just want a salad-for-dinner!

Today's recipe captures the same flavor of classic preparation of Caesar turned into a Homemade Caesar Salad!

What Do You Need To Make Classic Caesar Salad?

Here is what you need to make Caesar Salad:

  1. Romain Hearts
  2. Parmesan
  3. Olive Oil
  4. Parmesan
  5. Lemon Juice
  6. Egg Yolk
  7. Anchovies (paste or fillets)
  8. Red Wine Vinegar
  9. Salt and Pepper
  10. Garlicky Croutons (optional, but recommended. Recipe in Notes.)

Caesar Salad Dressing

The authentic Caesar Salad is all about crisp chilled romaine hearts and a well made Caesar salad dressing.

To make the dressing, mix all ingredients for dressing except olive oil into a blender jar then add oil slowly to emulsify. 

Classic Caesar Salad Dressing


You can replace egg yolk, vinegar, and olive oil in dressing with good quality mayo. If you can find Classic Mayo, even better. Try homemade mayonnaise recipe.

I've also created a mayo-free vegetarian Caesar Salad Dressing. (Perfect when serving guests who don't eat mayo.)

Croutons For Classic Caesar Salad

Croutons are optional but add a layer of flavor to the Caesar Salad. Homemade croutons are very easy to make. I make grilled croutons with just three ingredients and a grilling pan.

  1. A day old rustic bread such as French/Country bread slices.
  2. Olive Oil
  3. Grated Garlic

To make the croutons, brush the bread with mix of oil and grated garlic, season, and then place on the heated grill. Grill until nice grill marks appear. 

Classic Romaine Caesar Salad

Honestly, making a delicious filling salad such as this Classic Caesar Salad at home helps me fit this easily to my diet preferences. For example;

  1. Skip crouton and salad is Gluten Free.
  2. Skip cheese and salad is Dairy Free.
  3. Swap half of the romaine with spinach and arugula for greens loaded Salad.

Classic Caesar Salad

My 5 Top Favorite Salads for Dinner

There are plenty of Dinner Salads on the blog. I'm listing my top 5 favorites below:

  1. Sweet Potato Feta Chickpea Salad
  2. Chinese Chicken Salad
  3. Greek Chicken Cucumber Avocado Salad
  4. Tuna Nicoise Salad
  5. Grilled Shrimp Avocado Salad

Check more in Salads Category, or try search. You can also write to me to create a salad that you can't find on blog. I'm always excited to test and share new recipes.

Server Caesar Salad with:

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Classic Caesar Salad

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Classic Caesar Salad
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: Italian () Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 4 Servings - Serves: 4


Caesar Salad
Caesar Salad Dressing


  • 1. Make Dressing In a food processor jar, add ingredients for dressing except olive oil. Pulse to mix egg yolk with vinegar. With motor running in slow, add oil until dressing is thick and creamy. Mix in half of parmesan cheese.. Pulse to combine. Taste and adjust salt. Remove in a bowl and set aside.
  • 2. Croutons Brush the bread with mix of oil and garlic, season, and then place on one heated grill. Grill until nice charred grill marks appear. Slice or tear bread slices to make bite-size croutons.
  • 3. Prepare Salad Add 1/3 of dressing into a large mixing bowl. Add chopped romaine hearts and croutons. Toss everything gently until greens are coated in dressing. Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle some of the Caesar dressing on the top (optional). Reserve remaining dressing to make salad later. Top with remaining parmesan cheese. Serve chilled. Enjoy!
Savita's Notes:
  1. To make the croutons, brush the bread with mix of olive oil and grated garlic and salt. Place on the heated grill pan. Grill until nice grill marks appear on the both sides. Let cool completely before slicing. 
  2. You can replace egg yolk, vinegar, and olive oil in dressing with good quality mayo.
  3. Replace anchovy with Worcestershire sauce for mild flavor.

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5 Responses

  1. I made this salad for lunch today and it was fantastic! The best caesar salad Ive ever had!
  2. This Caeser salad looks and sounds marvelous! Looking forward to trying it.
  3. nothing like this classic! The recipe was just the perfect Caesar salad!
  4. I could eat this all day, every day and never tire of it! So good and appreciate the subs!
  5. ONe of my favourite salads and this version looks perfectly crisp with the right combination of flavours too.