November 05, 2009

family recipe.

meet jenny. and jenny's mom. this was taken right before jenny walked down the aisle at her wedding this past spring. they look amazingly not nervous. crazy, i know. 

jenny's mom's caesar salad is a favorite in my group of friends. even h asks if it's "regular caesar," or "jenny's mom's caesar" salad. jenny even carried the recipe down the aisle as her "something old." ok, ok. that's a lie.

i'm sharing it with you because i no longer buy bottled caesar salad dressing and you deserve to know why.

jenny's mom's caesar salad
(right from the horse's mouth)

1/3 cup olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
3-4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
sea salt & pepper
1/4 tsp mustard powder/dry mustard (hope there's no difference)

1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 package/head romaine lettuce
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 raw egg, beaten
cooked chicken strips or sauted shrimp (optional)

  1. in a small bowl, mix together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt & pepper. let sit as long as you possible can wait until you are ready to start eating (20-30 min?). the flavors need time to meld together.
  2. add dry mustard and worcestershire sauce and stir. 
  3. add romaine lettuce to a large bowl and mix in dressing.  
  4. add parmesan cheese and croutons and toss until coated. 
  5. add beaten raw egg, toss until coated (i add a little at a time, and don't usually use the whole egg). top with chicken strips or sauted shrimp if desired.
  6. serve IMMEDIATELY. ( : and don't tell your squirmy boyfriend there's raw eggs or he will be scared to eat it.


Jenny said...

Love This!!!!!! :)

Michelle said...

Yum! I love Caesar salad...especially with chicken or shrimp!

Even better...there's nothing anchovy-ish about this recipe (which will please my husband). But, from watching Alton Brown on Good Eats I learned that anchovies really aren't part of a good Caesar dressing, but....

Anyways, if you want to carry the 'raw egg' theme, I bet this salad would be GREAT paired with Spaghetti Carbonara. Mmm.