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Simple Caesar Salad

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Yield 4 servings
Category Salad/Side dish
Cuisine American


The best Caesar salad recipe is just a whisk and a toss away! Reminiscent of the tableside salads so beloved at steakhouses (so Caesar Cardini of us), this recipe is simple and unfussy, with only the most essential components.


  • 1 recipe homemade Caesar dressing semi-homemade Caesar dressing, or purchased caesar dressing
  • ½ pound (8 ounces) whole-grain bakery bread, torn into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 (5-ounce) containers Little Gem lettuce, leaves separated, (about 8 cups) or 2 head hearts of romaine


  • Prepare Caesar Dressing or Semi-Homemade Caesar Dressing according to recipe instructions. Refrigerate until ready to use.
    oil getting whisked into a yellow mixture in a clear class bowl
  • Heat oven 350ºF (177ºC). Toss bread and oil to coat on a large baking sheet; season with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  • Spread bread cubes into an even layer.
    chunks of bread on a baking sheet
  • Toast croutons until deeply golden brown, crispy on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside, 15–20 minutes, tossing occasionally.
  • Let cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, toss salad with a heavy drizzle of Caesar dressing; season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle croutons over top and season with cracked pepper; serve immediately with more dressing on the side.


If you can’t find little gem lettuce, substitute with a big head of romaine.
Store leftover caesar dressing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.


Serving: 1/4 recipeCalories: 312kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 7gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 475mgFiber: 7gSugar: 6g
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