Caesar Salad from Scratch


This recipe is one of my go to favorites. I took a cooking class several years ago, and this recipe is one that has stuck with me ever since. I love a good Caesar salad, and when I learned how easy this dressing is, I couldn’t stop making it at home. I go so far as to make croutons from scratch as well, but that isn’t something required. This specific salad also had grilled chicken, but again, optional if you want.

Homemade Caesar Salad and Dressing


  • Romaine lettuce
  • French baguette (I used whole grain, but you could use any type of bread)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 2-3 tablespoons)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese


  1. If you want to make croutons, slice the baguette into bite-sized pieces. Toss with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Bake at 375 for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown all over.
  2. In the bowl you want to serve, combine lemon juice, garlic, anchovy paste. Stir to combine thoroughly.
  3. Add mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine again.
  4. Slowly stream in the olive oil, whisking constantly, until it forms a consistent creamy dressing.
  5. Add parm cheese to taste and combine. Add salt and pepper as needed
  6. Add the chopped lettuce to the bowl and toss to combine. Top with parm cheese if desired.

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