Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Homemade Caeser Salad Dressing

This dressing is excellent, very creamy and full flavored. I rarely buy dressing since I like to know what goes into my food. If you don't use it all it will keep for a couple of days in the fridge or you can half the recipe if you want.
I will post the original recipe and a low fat version. Both the recipes come from my friend Darcie.
Original Version:
In a blender put in the following ingredients;
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp of each, salt, pepper, dry mustard
  • 1 tsp of anchovy paste (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 raw egg*
  • 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
  1. Wash and dry the amount of lettuce you prefer to use, Romaine is the best for a Ceaser Salad.
  2. croutons
  3. Lots of freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  4. There are options like bacon and boiled egg
  5. fresh lemons for garnish and added flavor
* don't worry about using the raw egg, I have made this recipe for 20 + years and it has always been fine. You may leave it out if you wish. The way to tell if you have a fresh egg is to put it in a glass of water and if it sinks to the bottom and lays on its side it is fresh.

Low Fat Version:
In a blender combine the following ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup of 1% cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. anchovy paste (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 tsp of each salt, pepper, dry mustard
  • 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
Whiz away until smooth and creamy, a good substitute for the full fat version.

Enjoy

19 comments:

  1. That helps me decide what to have for supper tonight. Sounds great!
    Thanks!

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  2. I've been looking for a homemade recipe of caesar dressing.... thanks again!

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  3. Hi...I don't always comment on your blog...but this blog is the first I read each day to see what new and wonderful recipe I find...each one seems better and gooder (is that a word??? LOL) then before!!!! you are providing a wonderful service here for new cooks...and for some old one who need a boast for their recipe file!!! thanks so much and God Bless you all real good...hugs from Ora in KY

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  4. That recipe is just want I have been looking for. May I suggest you grill romaine lettuce first. Cut the lettuce length ways and grill or broil first.

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  5. Oh, what a great recipe! Such a nice touch to also include the low fat version...thank you.

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  6. grill the lettuce?
    well i never would have thought of that idea....thanks for that, i may have to remember that one.
    i have on many occasions added grilled chicken to the salad, but never the lettuce....good tip. thanks:-)

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  7. On our cruise this past week, I watched a cooking show (by the chef of the cruiseboat)and he used a coddled egg for the caesar salad dressing.
    One way to coddle an egg for the dressing, is to bring an egg to room temp with warm water, then put the egg in a bowl and pour boiling water on it, letting it stand for a minute. You can also gently put it into a pot of boiling water and boil for 45 seconds.
    Charlotte, I didn't have paper and pen in hand and was sorry, but now I have this at my fingertips, thank you!

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  8. We made a recipe similar to this once and we ended up choosing to try whipping the egg in a double boiler until it was creamy and cooked, not scrambled. I forget how we did this though, whether we added oil or other dressing ingredients as well? It took a bit more time, but it worked.

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  9. love the low fat version...very similar to one I make. Caesar dressing is the favorite in my house...for the boys...right next to buttermilk dressing!

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  10. I'm so happy for the low fat version too .. .I confess I've been buying mine. . .so now I'll give yours a try and do the coddled egg trick like Anneliese suggested.
    I have so often wanted to grill my romaine . .another great suggestion from our readers.

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  11. I would like to start making more of my salad dressings, this one looks excellent. Do you have a good thousand islands recipe?

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  12. Thanks Char..homemade salad dressing recipes are the best.

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  13. My eyes may be playing tricks on me....is that 14 tsp of each of the spices or 1/4 tsp of each of the spices?

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  14. I was wondering too about the "14" tsp of ingredients?
    Please advise a new cook!

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  15. Wow! This looks wonderful. I had no clue it was this easy to make. I love that you included the low fat version too :)

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  16. oh dear me...it is my eyesight that needed adjusting.....i corrected the amount to 1/4 tsp.
    thanks for pointing it out.

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  17. OH thanks so much. I trying this. My husband loves caesar dressing and I can't find a bottle one that I really like. The refrigerated products are better, but expensive and still not as good as what you get at a nice restaurant.

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  18. My mom has an egg allergy, so I can't wait to try your low fat recipe! Finally she'll be able to enjoy caesar salad with the rest of us.

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