"Everything that goes into a Caesar salad tastes good with olivesthe grated Parmesan, the anchovies, the garlicky croutons," says Michael Mina. That's why he purees Niçoise olives into the dressing and dabs aromatic green-olive tapenade on the greens.
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4 cups stale baguette, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (4 ounces)
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves2 minced, 1 whole
1 tablespoon snipped chives
2 tablespoons minced parsley
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup store-bought green-olive tapenade (4 ounces)
Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large bowl, toss the baguette cubes with 1/2 cup of the olive oil, the minced garlic, chives and 1 tablespoon of the parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Spread the cubes on a baking sheet and toast for about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool.
In a small bowl, mix the tapenade with the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of parsley. Add 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice and the lemon zest and season with salt and pepper.
Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add the eggs and cook until soft-boiled, about 4 minutes. Cool the eggs slightly under cold running water. Peel the eggs. Add the yolks to a blender along with the olives, the remaining 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, the garlic clove, Worcestershire sauce and mustard and blend. With the machine on, add the canola oil in a thin stream and blend until incorporated. Season with salt and pepper.
Toss the romaine with the croutons, 2/3 cup of the Parmesan, three-fourths of the anchovies and the dressing. Mound the salad on a platter and garnish with the remaining anchovies, 1/3 cup of Parmesan and dollops of the tapenade.
The croutons can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. The dressing can be refrigerated overnight.
White anchovies, sold at specialty-food stores, are anchovy fillets that have been marinated in white vinegar.
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