6/09/2014

Caesar Salad with homemade croutons


I think I could live on salads.  Okay, that might not be entirely true... I might need a few donuts here and there, but I think it's safe to say that I love salads.  This caesar salad in particular is a staple for my family when it comes to food and is a hit when we make it for others.  The key to a good caesar salad?  Crisp lettuce, parmesan cheese, and homemade croutons!  Yes, it can't get much better than if there's homemade croutons mixed in there. And croutons take less than 30 minutes to make! I feel like they are one of those simple things that no one ever thinks of making themselves.  Everyone just thinks it's common knowledge that you buy them at the grocery store next to the bacon bits.  When they're so easy to make, you need to make them.  Another reason why you need to start making your own croutons?  They taste so much better and give you a lot more freedom in what flavors you want them to have.  The flavor options are endless!  Oh, and let's not forget that you practically break your jaw every time you try to bite into a "normal" oversized crouton.  Yes, you know what I'm talking about...


NOTE:  The dressing says to use canola oil.  Most of us would rather use a more healthy oil like olive oil, but if you intend to refrigerate your dressing, don't do it.  Olive oil, when cooled, hardens making for a very unpleasant dressing.

RECIPE

croutons:
5 slices bread (if you are using a lighter/flimsier bread it is best to freeze it beforehand)
4 tbsp olive oil
dash of garlic salt
dash of pepper
dash of fresh chives
dash of parsley

2 heads romain lettuce
shredded parmesan cheese

dressing:
1 1/2 cup canola oil
4-6 cloves garlic (depending on how strong you want it)
1 1/3 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp pepper
4 1/2 tsp worchestershire sauce
8 tsp lemon juice

Cut bread into desired size chunks and set them in a metal baking sheet.  Drizzle olive oil overtop and add your herbs.  Stir to distribute the oil.  Place croutons in a preheated 350 F oven for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown and crunchy.

Place all of the dressing ingredients in a shaker (or an old olive oil container works too) and shake vigorously until combined.

Break apart the lettuce and put it in a large bowl.  Add the parmesan cheese, croutons, and dressing (make sure to shake the dressing before you drizzle it on top because all of the garlic goes to the bottom very quickly).  Serve and enjoy!

(if you are counting on it lasting a long time I suggest you not put the dressing on the whole salad but on your individual serving to keep the salad fresh and the croutons crunchy)

5 comments:

  1. Caesar Salads: the ONLY salad I will eat and enjoy :) Gosh golly, they're the best! I think I may have to try your recipe for the dressing, since we've been looking for a new recipe, too.

    Oh, and parmesan cheese = the best cheese

    -Charlotte
    boyerfamilysingers.blogspot.com

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  2. i will never not love a caesar salad. like, everytime i go to olive garden, the only thing i eat is their salad. it's ahh-mazing.
    and i am so going to have to make my own croutons.

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  3. Ooh, I've wanted to make my own croutons for a while now, but they intimidate me for some reason.

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  4. I love how you made your own croutons! This all looks delicious!!!!
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

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  5. I wanted so bad to like salads... But I really don't xD
    Yours looks great, though :)

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