Ingredients for the Caesar dressing:
400 ml. good quality mayonnaise;
1 tbsp. lemon juice; 1 tbsp. white vinegar;
1 chopped anchovy fillet
or the same quantity anchovy paste;
1 tsp. minced garlic; 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese; 1 large pinch mixed Italian herbs; 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce; 1 pinch black pepper; 1 tsp. chopped cilantro (optional). Salad for 3-4 people: 1 head of romaine lettuce; torn into bite-size pieces and washed; 1 cup croutons;
Parmesan cheese shavings, as needed.
Recipe for the dressing: Combine all the ingredients for the dressing, except mayo, in a food processor and blend on high speed for 1-2 minutes. Add the mixture to the mayo and stir. In a salad bowl combine the lettuce and the croutons, add as much dressing as desired, toss and serve. Store the rest of the dressing for future use. Garnish with Parmesan shavings. Tip: To add some twist to your salad, try to make some herb croutons from several kinds of bread, or use diced prosciutto instead of bacon bits. If you run a restaurant you simply can't avoid having Caesar salad in your menu, because it is so popular. One of the few things you can do to stand out from the rest is to have your own, house made Caesar dressing.
About the author: George Krumov is a Red Seal certified chef with many years of culinary experience working around the world in Europe, the Middle East, the cruise line industry and North America. In the last two decades he has headed the kitchens of several restaurants in Canada, and ran his own restaurant.