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Dad's Classic Caesar Salad

Dad's Classic Caesar Salad - Forget what comes in a bottle from the grocery store! This is the real deal. Made with fresh garlic, capers, dijon, and, yes, anchovies, this classic Caesar salad is packed with gorgeous flavor.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caesar, caesar salad, dijon, parmesan, salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 334kcal
Author: Nicole Beaulieu


For the Dressing

  • 1 tsp capers*
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp anchovy paste optional
  • 1 tsp pepper freshly cracked
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard smooth
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

For the Salad

  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • croutons optional
  • parmesan cheese optional
  • lemon wedges optional


  • Add the capers and garlic to a mixing bowl. Mash them together with a fork until a paste has formed. Mix in the anchovy paste, pepper, dijon, mayonnaise, and egg yolk.
  • While whisking vigorously, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl. Continue to whisk until everything is well combined and silky.
  • Tear the lettuce into bite-sized pieces. Toss with the dressing and top with croutons and freshly shaved parmesan cheese. Serve with lemon wedges.


*Capers are a small bud, pickled in salt and vinegar. Their flavor is similar to mustard and black pepper.
The anchovies can be completely left out of this recipe.
You can leave the egg yolk out and use an extra tbsp of mayonnaise.
Make sure you use a classic mayonnaise and not a dressing style. The dressing style has a distinct flavor and additional sugar. It will take over the flavor of your caesar dressing.
Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary depending on the ingredients used.
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Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 413mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 13707IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg