A Caesar Salad typically consists of Romaine lettuce, croutons, Parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing. Caesar dressing generally consists of an oil and egg base flavored by anchovy, garlic, egg, lemon juice and Parmesan cheese.
Caesar Salad can be served as an appetizer or as an entrée if meats such as chicken or shrimp are added to the recipe.
To make Bon Appétit's Classic Caesar Salad you need anchovy fillets, a garlic clove, two large egg yolks, lemon juice, 3/4 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, 3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese, three Romaine hearts and 3 cups of bread torn into 1-inch cubes.
Start by making the dressing by chopping the anchovy fillets and garlic. Mash these ingredients into a paste using the side of a knife blade or flat spatula and whisk the egg yolks, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and Dijon mustard together with the anchovy paste. Gradually whisk the oils in, beginning with the olive oil and then the vegetable oil, until the dressing is thickened. Season with salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese to taste.
Make the croutons by baking the bread cubes tossed in olive oil at 375 degrees until golden, tossing as necessary.
Place whole Romaine leaves and croutons into a bowl, and drizzle with dressing. Toss lightly, and top with shaved Parmesan cheese.