Caesar Salad with Garlic-Infused Olive Oil Croutons

Looking for a healthy summer meal that actually makes your mouth water? Or want to go to a summer picnic with the winning dish that makes everyone drool?

This Caesar Salad is summer friendly: fresh, cool, and light. Didn’t think lettuce could ever be your favorite food? This salad is a game-changer.

Homemade garlic-infused olive oil croutons that are crunchy and chewy and soft, all in one bite. Dressing that’s bright and lemony. Add some nutty, salty Parmesan (or splurge, with Parmigiano-Reggianno) cheese, and you have yourself a party in your mouth!

I’ve done the experimentation for you, and now I Grace you (please laugh) with a list of ingredients and steps to salad heaven.

Makes two dinner portions (for you and you, or you and a lucky person)

Ingredients

2 packages of romaine hearts, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces

1 lemon

1 cup grated parmesan cheese (feeling fancy? get the special stuff…Parmigiano-Reggianno)

2 medium garlic cloves

6 dashes Tabasco

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

2 cups extra virgin olive oil

5 slices soft oatmeal bread (I prefer Pepperidge Farm’s Farmhouse Oatmeal Bread), crusts removed, cut in 1/2 inch pieces

3 slices soft pumpernickel bread (I prefer Pepperidge Farm here, too!), crusts removed, cut in 1/2 inch pieces

Salt & pepper to taste

Optional: 2 chicken breasts, grilled

The Steps

For dressing: in a medium glass bowl, whisk together juice of the lemon, 1 minced garlic clove, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, 1 1/4 cups olive oil, and salt and pepper. Tip: don’t over-salt because the cheese is salty!

For croutons: in a nonstick pan over low burner, heat 3/4 cup olive oil and garlic clove peeled and slivered. Add cubed bread to lightly simmering oil. Over medium/low heat, use a spatula to lightly press and turn croutons, so croutons absorb oil and evenly toast. Keep turning and toasting for 8-10 minutes, or until croutons are golden. Remove garlic slivers after toasting.

For Assembly: In a large bowl, toss lettuce, whisked dressing, and Parmesan. If the lettuce seems dry, drizzle a bit more olive oil and toss once again. Plate your masterpiece, topping generously with croutons and perhaps a bit more cheese! Crack some freshly ground pepper, and slices grilled chicken breast (if you so choose).

Salads don’t get better than this.

The Steps with Pictures

For dressing: in a medium glass bowl, whisk together juice of the lemon, 1 minced garlic clove, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, 1 1/4 cups olive oil, and salt and pepper. Tip: don’t over-salt because the cheese is salty!

For croutons: in a nonstick pan over low burner, heat 3/4 cup olive oil and garlic clove peeled and slivered. Add cubed bread to lightly simmering oil. Over medium/low heat, use a spatula to lightly press and turn croutons, so croutons absorb oil and evenly toast. Keep turning and toasting for 8-10 minutes, or until croutons are golden. Remove garlic slivers after toasting.

For Assembly: In a large bowl, toss lettuce, whisked dressing, and Parmesan. If the lettuce seems dry, drizzle a bit more olive oil and toss once again. Plate your masterpiece, topping generously with croutons and perhaps a bit more cheese! Crack some freshly ground pepper, and slices grilled chicken breast (if you so choose).

Salads don’t get better than this.

 

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