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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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.
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Caesar Salad with 
Anchovy Fritters

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

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
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English Muffin Caesar Salad

Toasted and garlic-rubbed cubes of English muffins make delicious croutons for a classic Caesar salad.   Slideshow: More Caesar Salad Recipes
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Chicken Caesar Skewers

F&W’s Justin Chapple quickly marinates chicken in a Caesar-inspired marinade flavored with garlic and anchovies before skewering and broiling. He serves the chicken with lettuce leaves for wrapping.   Plus: F&W's Ultimate Chicken Guide
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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
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Caesar Salad Spears

Salads usually require forks, but Grace Parisi transforms a classic Caesar into a clever finger food. She tosses chopped endives with a lemony dressing, then spoons the mixture inside elegant endive spears, topping it with cheese and crunchy mini croutons.    More Hors d'Oeuvres   Entertaining Tips from F&W Editors