Recipe of the Week: Quick Caesar Salad

[ 1 ] February 9, 2011 |


1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup grated parmesean cheese

1/3 cup shaved parmesean cheese (for garnish)

3 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. anchovy paste

1-2 anchovies (for garnish)

3 tbsp. olive oil (*or more if you want more liquid)

Fresh black pepper

3 cups freshly chopped romaine lettuce


3 slices Italian bread (*or more, depending on how many croutons you want in the salad)

2 cloves of garlic, cut in half

Nonstick cooking spray

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Rub Italian bread with garlic and cut into 1″ squares.  Line a baking sheet with cut up squares and spray with nonstick cooking oil; bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.  In a large bowl, combine the mayo, parmesean cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, anchovy paste and the pepper; mix well.  Add in the romaine lettuce and the croutons and toss to coat.  Garnish with shaved parmesean cheese and an anchovy.  Serve. 

*Johnna’s tip:  Ok, caesar salad is the easiest dish to make and the most common salad in the U.S.  I love it.  And I love it even more when I can make it at home whenever I want.  I added the anchovies as a garnish inspired by a recent visit to a restaurant who adds this to the top of their salads.  Feel free to add or keep out. Enjoy!

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Category: appetizers, vegetarian

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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  1. Dina says:

    This looks very appetizing. I will definitely try this. Will post back a comment.

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