Caesar Salad with Parmesan Peppercorn Croutons

This simple caesar salad is a great fresh side for any dinner! Caesar dressing is made from scratch with flavorful ingredients like anchovy paste and dijon mustard, then tossed with romaine, parmigiano reggiano cheese, and parmesan peppercorn croutons.

Sometimes I crave a good old caesar salad…crisp pieces of romaine tossed with a creamy and slightly nutty dressing, shaved parmesan, and homemade parmesan peppercorn croutons.  If you’ve never made croutons at home, I think you’ll find that they taste much better than storebought croutons, and additionally, they are a great use for leftover stale bread.  Traditionally, caesar salad dressing is made with egg yolks, but this is sort of a speedier version that uses mayo for creaminess (and I know this is probably good news for those of you who are squeamish about raw egg).

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Caesar Salad with Parmesan Peppercorn Croutons

This simple caesar salad is a great fresh side for any dinner! Caesar dressing is made from scratch with flavorful ingredients like anchovy paste and dijon mustard, then tossed with romaine, parmigiano reggiano cheese, and parmesan peppercorn croutons.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 598kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups diced old parmesan peppercorn bread
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1.5 tsp anchovy paste
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 3/4 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano shavings
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss the bread cubes with the olive oil, then sprinkle with salt (and pepper, if you’re not using parmesan peppercorn bread).
  • Bake for 15-25 minutes, depending on the staleness of your bread (stale bread crisps quicker because it has less moisture). Basically just pull them out when they’re golden brown and crispy. Let them cool completely.
  • For the dressing, whisk to combine the garlic, mayo, anchovy paste, mustard, worcestershire, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cut the romaine into pieces, then toss with the dressing. Add the croutons and shaved parmesan, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 598kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 1125mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 11g