Traditional Caesar Salad

A classic table side Caesar like you can still find in some steakhouses and supper clubs!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Course: Salad
Keyword: caesar salad, healthy recipes, makecaloriesgreatagain, mcga, Salad
Cooking Method: No Cooking Required
Food Category: Vegetarian
FoodOrDrink: Food


  • 2 ea Romaine Stalks Chopped about 1" to 1.5" wide.
  • 2 ea Egg Yolks
  • 1 clove Garlic Minced or crushed. Use double if you like garlic. 😉
  • 1/2 ea Lemon Squeezed
  • 2 tsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbs Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Freshly Grated (make extra for sprinkling when served)
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1 ea Croutons See notes
  • 1 ea Anchovy Paste Optional – To your liking
  • 1 ea Anchovies Optional – To garnish


  • Gather and prep your ingredients (wash that romaine!)
  • Chop your lettuce into 1" or 1.5" pieces and set aside.
  • Combine the egg yolks, garlic, mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire, red wine vinegar, Dijon, and anchovy paste in a bowl. Whisk extremely well. It should thicken up a bit as you do.
  • SLOWLY add the oil while continuing to whisk vigorously. Add a little. Whisk. Add a little more. Whisk more.
  • Add the Parmesan cheese.
  • Whisk again. And whisk some more.
  • Add the salt and pepper. You know what to do after that (WHISK).
  • Add your croutons and lettuce.
  • Toss and mix the salad the dressing is well distributed.
  • Serve and Enjoy! Of course you can sprinkle some fresh Parmesan and cracked pepper on top to your liking.


  • I went through six renditions over the course of a month to perfect this recipe to my liking.  Small adjustments to quantities can make a world of difference in this salad…. it’s not very forgiving in that regard.  Everyone has their own tastes, so play around with it.
  • Easy to make Croutons recipe!
  • Not to bore you with my stories, but some of my favorite restaurant memories through the years (dating back to my first Caesar salad in Tijuana, Mexico) involve table-side produced salads.  It’s becoming less common, but there’s something special and memorable about a waiter preparing your food step by step while you get to watch and sip on your drink.
  • If you prefer a more modern and creamy Caesar dressing, check out my recipe for Creamy Caesar Dressing!
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