Caesar's Return

This Caesar is no yolk

Caesar dressing is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, whether served drizzled over crisp romaine hearts, as a sauce alongside grilled chicken or in a lunchtime wrap. Making the dressing can present an age-old dilemma, though: to use raw egg yolk or not? In the test kitchen, we recently tested a recipe for carrot vinaigrette that called for a hard-cooked egg. Impressed by the vinaigrette's satiny texture and body, we used the same technique in a Caesar dressing. Ultra-smooth and wonderfully creamy, the result is one superb surprise.

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

New Classic Caesar Salad
4.5 from 2 ratings
Caesar Salad from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
11
minutes
Servings
4
servings
Total time: 21 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ small garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, plus extra if needed
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Romaine lettuce hearts, leaves separated
  • 3 cups homemade or store-bought croutons
  • Wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano or other hard cheese, for shaving
Optional Ingredients
  • 5 anchovy fillets (optional, but strongly encouraged)
Directions
  1. Hard-boil the egg: Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add the egg, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 11 minutes. Turn off the heat and place the cooked egg under cold running water. When the egg has cooled, roll on a hard surface to crack the shell. Peel.
  2. Make the dressing: To a blender, add the lemon juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, anchovies, garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt, the pepper and the peeled hard-boiled egg. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds; then, with the blender running, drizzle in the olive oil a little at a time. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  3. Place the lettuce leaves on a large platter. Top with the croutons and drizzle with the dressing. Use a vegetable peeler to shave the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese over the salad. Serve.
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