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Salmon Caesar Salad
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 2
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Salmon Caesar Salad

A made from scratch Caesar salad including homemade dressing and croutons. It looks simple, but the flavors are out of this world.

Ingredients

1/3
cup olive oil (dressing)
3
cloves garlic (dressing)
1/2
lemon juice only (dressing)
2
tablespoons worcestershire sauce (dressing)
2
tablespoons parmesan cheese (dressing)
5
anchovy filets (dressing)
1
egg, coddled (dressing)
1
teaspoon pepper (dressing)
1/2
bunch asparagus, blanched
4
(2-ounce) salmon filets or 2 (4-ounce) filets
2
cups stale bread, cubed
4
tablespoons butter, melted (croutons)
1
clove garlic (croutons)
1/4
cup shaved parmesan cheese
1
large romaine lettuce head

Directions

  • 1 For dressing, cook egg for 5 minutes in boiling water (coddling it). Then run the egg under cold water, break it open, and spoon out the barely cooked egg into a food processor.
  • 2 Add other dressing ingredients to the food processor and process until smooth. Let dressing chill for 15-30 minutes before using.
  • 3 For croutons, cube bread. Melt butter and stir in one clove of crushed garlic.
  • 4 Pour butter mixture over bread cubes and toss well. Bake croutons for 15-20 minutes at 350°F until they are lightly browned and crunchy.
  • 5 For asparagus, chop spears into thirds. Dunk in boiling salted water for 2 minutes.
  • 6 Remove spears and move to an ice bath. This will keep the spears slightly crunchy. Drain spears once they are cool and set aside.
  • 7 For salmon, rub both sides of salmon with a bit of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • 8 Grill salmon on high for 4 minutes per side. You can also roast in the oven or cook in a skillet.
  • 9 When ready to make salad, roughly chop romaine lettuce and toss with a few tablespoons of dressing. Don't over-dress the greens!
  • 10 Serve greens topped with asparagus spears, salmon, croutons, shaved Parmesan and more dressing on the side!
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Salmon Caesar Salad

As prepared by Macheesmo,

There are a few dishes that make people look at me funny when I try to convince them to cook them from scratch.

Sometimes these people have a very good point. Like when I made homemade tater tots. Were they delicious? Definitely. Were they realistic to regularly make? Well, no.

But Caesar salads are something that most people can handle. And trust me: unless you've made it before or eaten in a restaurant that makes it from scratch, you've never tasted anything like homemade Caesar salad dressing.

While the dressing is definitely the star in a Caesar salad, I made some homemade croutons, blanched some asparagus, and grilled some salmon to make this salad a complete (and delicious) meal.

RECIPE: Salmon Caesar Salad

There are two ingredients that might turn some people off from homemade Caesar salad dressing: anchovies and coddled eggs.

Salmon Caesar Salad Recipe

For some reason anchovies gross people out, but they really shouldn't. Sure, they can be a bit overpowering on a pizza, but when they are processed together with the other ingredients, they just add a salty and savory flavor that's impossible to replace.

Coddled eggs are more of a technical problem for some people, but don't let them get you down. Basically all you need to do to coddle an egg is boil it for 5 minutes. Then run it under cold water and crack it open!

Salmon Caesar Salad Recipe

Scoop out all the barely cooked egg into your processor along with your other dressing ingredients. Process everything until it's a nice, smooth texture. This dressing is SUPER flavorful.

Salmon Caesar Salad Recipe

Let this chill in the fridge while you prep the other ingredients.

To prep the asparagus, cut the spears into thirds and add them to salted boiling water for about two minutes (three minutes if you have very large spears). When they are done, remove them from the water and add them to a bowl of ice water. This quick cooling will stop the cooking process and leave them bright green and slightly crunchy.

Salmon Caesar Salad Recipe

Meanwhile, you can make some homemade croutons with any leftover bread you have laying around. This is optional, but I love the crunchy texture in the salad. When I make croutons, I melt a few tablespoons of butter along with a clove of chopped garlic and then mix that up with my cubed bread.

Bake the croutons for about 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees until they are crunchy and slightly browned!

Salmon Caesar Salad Recipe

As a final touch, I added some grilled salmon to my salad. Again, all of these add-ins are optional. The salad is great with just greens and dressing and a bit of Parmesan cheese on top.

If you want to grill salmon though, drizzle both sides of your filet with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Then grill, skin side up first, over high heat for about 4 minutes per side.

When you're ready to put your salad together, chop the romaine lettuce roughly and add a few tablespoons of dressing to the lettuce. Toss this together in a bowl so the lettuce is evenly covered. Go light on the dressing—it's really flavorful. People can always add more later.

Salmon Caesar Salad Recipe

Then just top the lettuce with all the fixings and you're ready to go!

Salmon Caesar Salad Recipe

If you take away anything from this post, I highly encourage you to try the homemade Caesar dressing. You'll never go back to the bottled stuff. Promise!



Nick wants you to remember that anchovies and sardines aren't the same thing. So don't mess that up. Also, check out his blog Macheesmo and his Tablespoon profile.
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