Caesar Salad…..friend of foe?

Just the other day while eating combo plate #2 at TACO VIA with Logtar and Banky we talked about the merits of a good Caesar Salad, SANS the anchovies. After 10 mins discussing the best places to eat said salad, WITHOUT Anchovies we concluded that this particular salad needs more attention (well, really it was me…Log and Banks went on another line of thought…chasing COUGARS and relationships). 

One thing I’ve noticed while munching on a Caesar Salad (CS) is that the leaves need to be very crisp. If they are not the entire experience is ruined. You start inspecting each leaf (I do) and seeing if the salad is really OK to eat. In my past I’ve gotten official food poisoning 6 times. 3 of those we’re directly related to salad/salad bars. Other 2 we’re Seafood and one was what I believe to be intentional of whom I cannot say her name. *shakes fist*. Anywhoo, if the lettuce isn’t crisp I won’t eat it. The flavor is derived from the leaves being saturated with the Caesar Dressing which in itself would decimate the “crispness” of said salad. Let’s move onto the Croutons shall we? I’m a fan of Croutons (CR) and if they’re available to me I will have them in ANY salad (CS) or otherwise because of the crunch and texture it provides my eating experience. I prefer my CR’s to be extra crunchy and seasoned but not so much they over power the salad or dressing. I tend to use 5-6 CR’s per salad and will add more depending on the depth and circumference of the said salad bowl. That leads me to another point. Bowls or Plates. I prefer bowls over plates for the comfort feeling I get and it makes it easier to keep said salad in one place. My mother would add salad to our plates but I always felt it looked out of place sitting next to my pork chop and applesauce, plus it simply looked unappealing. By the way my all time favorite Salad Dressing isn’t CS but DOROTHY LYNCH (DL). I was born and raised on this tomato based dressing where it’s made in my home town of OMAHA! They (thank gods) have this at your local Kansas City grocer, If you’ve never had it…go buy it this weekend. Good stuff and it has NO ANCHOVIES nor has any version therein have ANCHOVIES in it’s ingredients.

Onward, the other main ingredient in a CS is the cheese. Let’s look at the Wikipedia Recipe, shall we?

I LOVE Cheese and freshly grated Parmesan Cheese!!! Who doesn’t??? I agree with the Wikipedia author on the use of Romano Cheese….blasphemy!!!! And who uses MAYO for the CS? (Not me). So I guess in the end, in regards to a fishless CS it’s about the quality and freshness of the ingredients. Don’t settle for anything less. God Bless…and please SHARE your story…life and lessons on CAESAR SALADS.



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    3 responses to “Caesar Salad…..friend of foe?

    1. Red Lobster’s Caesar Salad is pretty darn tasty. And what is with all the hatin’ on Anchovies? Did you have one bite your dog or best friend or something??? =P

    2. As mentioned in your link (and elsewhere) Worcestershire sauce itself has anchovies (but I still put it in my Kick@$$ Bloody Mary).

      One ingredient I would add tho, is Bacon bits, preferably the real thing. I had this when I was getting the Caesars at Wendy’s and it was a nice touch.

      Oh, before I forget, I didn’t know that the (DL) was from Omaha. It’s a pretty good dressing, it kinda reminds me of the “French” that was the only available choice in school growing up. Pizza Huts Creamy Italian still beats it tho. I’ll wrassle you on that (and you know how huge I am)!

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