Caesar Salad

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I am such a salad fan which really goes against my whole meat loving facade I put on.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the one ordering a burger wrapped in lettuce.  But I would be tempted to order lettuce wrapped in a…burger?  Does that make sense…no.  But regardless I love salads.  They are refreshing, healthy, and the perfect way to start a meal. I began to dabble in making my own salad dressing when I accidentally took a peep at the back of a Caesar salad dressing bottle.  I gotta ditch the cream baby, let’s make this the old fashioned way. 

I begin with dijon mustard, lemon, parmesan cheese, and anchovy paste.  What is anchovy paste you ask? Quite possibly the most disgusting concept known to man.  But don’t poo poo it because it is a life saver.  I use this all the time!  It’s a great way to add just a hint of zest and flavor to literally any meal.  It just requires a slight getting over of the fact that it is anchovy…paste.  

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Ingredients

1/4 cup of parmesan cheese

Juice of one Lemon

2 tbsp of anchovy paste ( equaling 2 anchovies)

3 tbsp dijon mustard

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic

1/4 cup of capers

Whisk together all ingredients.  Simple as that. Image

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Next gather and slice up some romaine. 

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I decided to make my own croutons.  Super easy way to jazz up your salad…especially Caesar Salad. 

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now toss them in olive oil and garlic powder and throw them into a skillet.  Toast for about ten minutes until bread is browned and crispy.  Toss romaine lettuce with the dressing and croutons and serve with parmesan cheese garnish. Image

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