Caesar Dressing Recipe

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Updated 14/02/2024

A salad with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and nuts, served with a creamy Caesar dressing being poured from a silver dressing dispenser

Caesar sauce fit for an emperor. Easy to make too!

Dive into the rich history and luxurious taste of Caesar dressing, a classic salad dressing that carries the legacy of culinary royalty.

Despite popular belief, Caesar dressing was not named after Julius Caesar, the Roman emperor, but rather Caesar Cardini, an Italian-American restaurateur.

However, its regal association isn’t entirely misplaced, given the dressing’s robust and indulgent flavour profile.

This recipe simplifies the gourmet dressing, making it accessible for any home cook to add a touch of elegance to their salads.

Equipment Needed

  • Blender or Food Processor
  • iSi Funnel & Sieve (or any fine mesh sieve)
  • 0.5 L Whip Cream Dispenser
  • iSi Professional Charger (N2O cartridge)

Caesar Dressing Ingredients

To create this imperial Caesar Dressing, you will need:

  • 60 ml canola oil
  • 60 g crème fraîche
  • 300 ml milk
  • 60 g mayonnaise
  • 0.5 garlic clove, minced
  • 20 g anchovy fillets
  • 30 g mustard (Dijon recommended)
  • 30 g Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 20 ml lime juice
  • 25 g white bread, crust removed and cubed
A shrimp cocktail with creamy Caesar dressing served in a dark bowl on a table with glassware in the background

How to Make Caesar Sauce

  1. Blend Ingredients: In a blender, combine canola oil, crème fraîche, milk, mayonnaise, minced garlic, anchovy fillets, mustard, Parmesan cheese, lime juice, and white bread cubes. Blend until the mixture is smooth and homogeneous.
  2. Strain and Charge: Use an iSi Funnel & Sieve to strain the mixture directly into a 0.5 L whip cream dispenser, ensuring a smooth texture. Attach an iSi Professional Charger and shake the dispenser for 6 seconds to aerate the dressing, achieving the perfect creamy consistency.
  3. Serve and Store: Serve the Caesar dressing immediately over fresh romaine lettuce or kale, or store it in the dispenser in the refrigerator for up to 10 days, shaking well before each use.

Serving Suggestions

  • Classic Caesar Salad: Toss romaine lettuce with Caesar sauce, croutons, and additional Parmesan shavings for a timeless classic.
  • Vegetable Dip: Use the dressing as a flavourful dip for fresh vegetable sticks or bread.
  • Marinade: Elevate chicken or shrimp by marinating them in Caesar dressing before grilling.

FAQ

Q: Can I make this recipe vegan?
A: Absolutely! Substitute vegan mayonnaise, plant-based milk, and a vegan Parmesan alternative. Use capers or soy sauce instead of anchovies for that umami flavour.

Q: What if I don’t have an iSi whipper?
A: While the whipper adds a professional touch, you can still make a delicious dressing by blending the ingredients until smooth and storing the dressing in a jar. Shake well before serving.

Q: Can I use a different type of oil?
A: Yes, while canola oil is neutral and versatile, olive oil can also be used for a more pronounced flavour.

Q: How can I adjust the thickness of the dressing?
A: If the dressing is too thin, add more bread or Parmesan cheese to thicken it. If too thick, thin it out with a little more milk or lime juice.

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