Ok so the In-Laws have decided to have a dinner with all my husband’s siblings tonight and we’ve been asked to bring a green salad. The entree is my brother-in-law’s delicious Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo. So I wanted to make an appropriate green salad to go with it.
What is more appropriate to go with italian food than Caesar Salad?
So I decided to try out Ree Drummonds Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe, with a few tweeks of course. Her exact recipe can be found here http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/my-caesar-salad-part-1/
Caesar Salad Dressing
- 2 cloves Fresh Garlic (peeled)
- 4 whole Anchovy Fillets
- 2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
- 1 Tablespoon Balsamic (or Red wine) Vinegar
- 1/2 whole Lemon, Juiced
- 1/2 cup Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 dash Salt
- Generous Black Pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
- Accent salt, Beau Monde seasonings to taste
- 1/2 tsp Sesame Oil
- 1 Tbs. Mayonnaise
Start by getting out your blender or food processor. Add to it the anchovy fillets, and garlic.
Next add in the Mustard, Balsamic, Lemon juice and Worcestershire Sauce.
Pulse this until nicely combined. Then scrape the sides down and pulse again to make sure everything gets in their.
Now I added the Olive oil
I put in half and then pulsed and then added the remainder and pulsed again.
Now it’s time to add the Salt and Pepper.
Pulse and then get ready to add the cheese. I may have used a little more than 1/4 cup. What can I say I like cheese.
Now this is where hers ended but she did say in the recipe feel free to tweak it how you want. This didn’t have quite the right flavor for me so i started adding to it.
I first added some Accent Salt. Just a few dashes.
It still wasn’t right. To tart for my liking which is weird because I like tart. Next I added some Sesame seed oil.
That helped a ton. I added probably around 1/2 tsp. . It dulled the tartiness and gave it a much richer flavor.
Though it was good it still seemed to be missing something. My Mother in law uses this Beau Monde spice to make this delicious chip dip that i’ll have to do a post on sometime, anyway I figured this might be a good place to try it so into the blender it went.
After this I thought I was done, but low and behold I walked into the other room and walked back out with another idea of something to add. I know most Caesar Dressings have egg in them and what do I know is made from eggs and oil….That’s right Mayonnaise. Back in the day i used to make my own mayo but have since quit. Nothing wrong with it but mayo is cheap enough to not go through the hassle of making it. Anyway I added a Tbs. of it and it made the dressing much creamier and a much lighter shade.
Now it’s time to let it sit in the fridge and mix together for a few hours.
Now add it to some Romaine hearts and toss then throw in a few croutons and some parmesan and your done. We’ll see tonight how this goes over and I’ll Let you know.