Hail Caesar!

Do you have a favorite salad? It’s hard for me to commit to ONE salad as my fave, however a jamming Caesar salad is definitely in my ‘TOP 5.”

Now that my birthday ‘weeks’ celebrations have concluded and we are home from vacation, I am back in the saddle (kitchen) and ready to cook.  This last weekend I tried three recipes that were share worthy. Two of them I created and one was from a cookbook that has been sitting on my shelf begging for love.  More on that later…

I have made Caesar salad on countless occasions. In the beginning I would use a store bought dressing. However for the last several years I have pretty much ditched the processed dressing concept and started making my own. Homemade dressings/vinaigrettes are so easy to make, taste a thousand times better and are far healthier. For the Caesar dressing, I had been making a dressing from a recipe a friend shared a few years back. I was never quite satisfied with the outcome and wanted a better version.

Do you remember the movie Gladiator? It’s one of my all time favorite films. There’s romance, history, beautiful cinematography, deceit, competition, and victory. Let’s not forget Russell Crowe as Maximus. He’s the quintessential hero: loyal, strong, handsome and brave. What’s not to love? But I digress.

All I can say is, after making this new Caesar salad and taking the first bite, the words that came to mind were, “Hail Caesar.” Enjoy!

1/3 c olive oil
½ tb Dijon mustard
½ ts Worcestershire
2 cloves of garlic
4 anchovy filets
1 hardboiled egg yolk (I used to use raw but prefer the texture from a hardboiled egg)
Juice from ½ lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
½ c freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
1 c  crushed croutons
1 bunch of kale (roughly two cups)
1 head of romaine lettuce (roughly two cups)

-Combine the first 8 ingredients in a food processor and blend until there is a creamy consistency
-Wash and chop kale and romaine lettuce
-In a large salad bowl layer kale and romaine lettuce
-Pour 1/3 of the dressing over the greens and massage until it’s evenly dispersed
-Toss in grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese and croutons
-Add more dressing to taste
-Serve and Enjoy!
-* I prefer a lightly dressed salad and therefore had leftover dressing towards an additional salad.