Caesar salad has always won the appreciation of the food lovers since its inception under the expert hands of the Italian chef Caesar Cardini at his restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico in the year 1924. The crunchy and refreshing greens mixed with a unique blend of ingredients never seem to fail to amaze us. The waiters take great pride in coming up with remarkable Caesar salad recipes right at the table to the amazement of the patrons of the Caesar salad.
The Caesar salad recipes require one to start with its preparation just before serving to savor the true delights of it. The basic ingredients in every Caesar salad is the same; with multiple ingredients added over and above it to make it alluring. You require 1 head of romaine lettuce, 3 slices of crisp baguette, 6 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 ½ tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/2 bunch of arugula, 1 clove garlic, cut in half, 1 two ounce can of anchovies cut into pieces, an egg, freshly ground pepper and two tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan. The anchovies were never the part of the original Caesar salad recipe of Caesar Cardini. Also, the Caesar salad recipes vary in the usage of eggs. While the coddled egg is required for the Caesar salads, many make use of the raw egg. However, the coddled egg is necessary to give it a creamy texture. Placing the egg in a small pot of boiling water for about 45 seconds can make the coddled egg.
You can prepare the salad by separating the romaine leaves and the arugula leaves from the core. Tear the romaine leaves into smaller pieces while you cut the arugula leaves into half. On getting it ready, clean the greens in cold water. Dipping in cold water can turn the leaves crispy and fresh. Then, place it in the salad spinner to dry.
While the leaves are left for drying, cut the bread into cubes and fry it for about two minutes until they become golden brown. The salad recipes give one the option to rub the toasted bread with the garlic. Else, fry the garlic in the oil and once the oil starts to leave the aroma of the garlic keep it aside and fry the bread cubes in this oil for a richer flavor.
Take a large salad bowl and rub its sides with the burnt garlic before mashing it into paste. Once done, add to it olive oil, egg and the lemon juice before whisking it. Then, mix the romaine leaves and the arugula leaves along with anchovies, toasted baguette, ground pepper and the Parmesan. Toss it for a mouthwatering salad.
As a variation, you can prepare the chicken salad. This salad recipe requires you to use baked chicken breast, romaine lettuce, croutons and the Parmesan cheese. Half cup of olive oil, 1 egg, 1 crushed garlic clove, 1/2 can of anchovies, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of mustard powder are whisked before adding the anchovies and greens. These ingredients are to be added with the baked chicken cubes to prepare the chicken Caesar salad.
The Caesar salad recipes permit different variations by including tomatoes, bell pepper and sweet onion over and above the basic ingredients that make it stand above the rest.