Simply the Best Caesar Dressing

Caesar dressing takes a simply leafy salad and creates a wow.  I have found that if I want to make sure that just about all my dinner guests eat the salad, all I have to do is prepare Caesar salad.  Men will eat Caesar salad.  Kids will eat Caesar salad.  Just about the finickiest eaters will dig in to the Caesar salad.

Because of the high fat content in this dressing, I usually skip the croutons, though they can be easily bought or prepared Simple and Delicious Croutons Fashioned from Leftover Bread or Challah and then added right before tossing. I make sure to just add the minimum amount of Caesar dressing.  Since it is creamy, it clings well to the leafy greens and a little bit of Caesar dressing really goes a long way.

This salad dressing is one of my “regulars”.  That is, it is one of the popular dressings that I prepare in advance and store in a squeeze bottle for use throughout the week for a large Shabbos salad, individual lunch salads or dinner salad . Since it is thick and very creamy, it is easiest to decant this dressing into a wide-mouth squeeze bottle (click to  order Amazon wide-mouth squeeze bottles).  Once in the squeeze bottle, I can just squirt the minimum amount of dressing needed for my salad.

This dressing is best served on greens and large-cut vegetables that have body and do not wilt easily.  Try it on Romaine Lettuce, Bok Choy, large-cut tomatoes, Pepper slices or fresh green beans.  Try topping your Caesar salad with grilled fish, chicken or steak.  For a diary alternative, top with sliced, cubed  or shredded cheese.

To update the Caesar salad for a dairy meal, I just chop or tear romaine lettuce and add the Caesar dressing.  After tossing and right before serving, I sprinkle some good quality grated Parmesan cheese over the salad. Voila!

 

 

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup of mayonnaise
4 tablespoons lemon juice or juice of one lemon
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (see kosher notes)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
4 cloves of garlic or 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1/2 cup oil 
squeeze of mustard 

DIRECTIONS

Using an s-blade in the food processor, combine all ingredients, saving oil for last. With machine running, slowly drizzle in oil and process until combined and smooth. Carefully decant into squeeze bottle.

KOSHER NOTES

Most Worcestershire sauces contain anchovies and kosher dietary laws do not allow mixing of meat and fish. Those with anchovies are often marked with the kosher certification followed by the word “fish”. There are a few brands that impart the Worcestershire flavor without the fish content. Make sure to check before using or skip the Worcestershire sauce entirely if serving this dressing with poultry or meat.

NOTES

This dressing can be made in a mason jar or plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. Just add all ingredients and shake vigorously.

Mayonnaise can be reduced to half.  If reducing the mayonnaise,  add a bit of mustard or drizzle oil extra slowly when running the food processor in order to keep the dressing emulsified.

Decant the dressing into an empty sport-top water bottle or squeeze bottle (click to  order Amazon wide-mouth squeeze bottles).

Add a unique label to your Caesar Dressing.  Using glue stick or clear packing tape, adhere a custom “simpletowow.com Caesar dressing” label to an empty squeeze bottle.  If you would like to print your own simpletowow vinaigrette label, feel free print  out this caesar dressing label.  The paper label also allows you to jot down the date when you prepared the dressing so that you can track the preparation date.

Enjoy!

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