Caesar Salads

Caesar salads are known for their crispy Romaine lettuce, croutons, parmesan cheese, and, of course, signature dressing. The best dressing is a sturdy emulsion—similar to mayo—of egg yolks, oil, garlic, anchovies and lemon juice. Some recipes include Worcestershire sauce, which you can do too, but you'll get that briny, bold flavor from the anchovies as well. The next time you make this salad, you won't regret opting for a homemade dressing. Find our favorite recipe through Food & Wine's guide to this classic salad.

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Charred Broccolini Caesar with Kale and Chickpeas

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Smoky, charred Broccolini and chickpeas give this take on Caesar salad the heft it needs to be a main course. Texture is the secret to a salad’s wow factor. Here, Little Gem lettuces, hearty kale, and crisp-tender Broccolini bring three levels of crunch, and provide plenty of leafy nooks and crannies to catch the thick, anchovy-laced dressing.

Any-Season Caesar Salad

A robust, creamy dressing and a few minutes on the grill help to tame chicories or sturdy—even bolted—lettuces in this bright salad. Swapping mayonnaise for raw egg means this dressing stays fresh in the fridge all week.

Baja-Style Caesar Salad

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Both egg yolks and Dijon mustard help this creamy dressing emulsify easily so it coats each leaf of crunchy romaine. Cotija añejo is an aged cheese with a pecorino-like texture that grates into fluffy crumbles.

Smoky Caesar Salad

Anchovies are arguably the best part of a Caesar salad. But since not everyone is a fan, we came up with the perfect substitution—canned smoked trout. Pleasantly salty and less fishy, it gives this make-ahead dressing tons of flavor. Splurge for good-quality sourdough from your local bakery for the croutons; it makes a big difference. Toss the salad together with the dressing just before serving to keep the lettuce nice and crunchy.

Caesar Salad with Anchovy Fritters

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In place of croutons, chefs and brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio serve this Caesar salad with crunchy hush puppy–like fritters. Each bite reveals pops of briny anchovy, a Caesar salad’s match made in heaven. Slideshow: More Caesar Salad Recipes 
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Kale–and–Brussels Sprout Caesar Salad

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In this plant-based Caesar salad, Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise replace the Parmesan cheese with a nutty crumble of almonds, hemp seeds and nutritional yeast. The anchovies in the creamy dressing are also swapped out for dried dulse, a savory, briny seaweed. Slideshow: More Caesar Salad Recipes 

Kale Caesar with Bacon and Eggs

With plenty of kale, bacon and croutons, this is a robust, hearty take on Caesar salad. The smart twist: Anchovies are blended into the creamy dressing. Slideshow:  Terrific Caesar Salads