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Finger Caesar Salad with Easy Homemade Dressing

Finger Caesar Salad

Caesar salad is my favorite salad…but about the only time I’d ever eat it was at a restaurant because it always seemed like a lot of work to replicate at home. I’ve tried the store-bought Caesar dressings (and I’m not a fan) and making it from scratch wasn’t too appealing. Anchovies? I don’t think so! Plus, Caesar salad is best eaten immediately after being tossed and since I’m a super slow eater, this didn’t work for me either.

Well, recently I figured out how to overcome all these salad hurdles and now enjoy a Caesar salad anytime!

I found a simple and delicious Caesar salad dressing recipe (no fish-handling required!) and an even simpler way of eating my salad (at any pace I desire) — with my fingers!

Finger Caesar Salad

My Favorite Caesar Salad Dressing

adapted from Once Upon A Chef

You can choose to mince fresh garlic, squeeze fresh lemons, and mash canned anchovies into a paste…but why would you? :-) This recipe is so easy and every bit as delicious!

  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp. anchovy paste (discovering I could buy this stuff next to the tuna fish was a game-changer for me!)
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 2-3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste

Finger Caesar Salad

Whisk together the first 5 ingredients then add the cheese, salt and pepper and stir until well-combined. Store dressing covered in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Finger Caesar Salad 5

To assemble your “finger” salad:  wash and trim hearts of romaine lettuce, separate into individual lettuce spears. Add croutons of choice and serve together with a small bowl of dressing. Dip and enjoy!

Finger Caesar Salad

Finger Caesar Salad

Finger Caesar Salad

Jill Nystul
I found a simple and delicious Caesar salad dressing recipe (no fish-handling required!) and an even simpler way of eating my salad (at any pace I desire) — with my fingers!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 356 kcal

Ingredients
  

SALAD:

  • 1 Hearts of romaine lettuce

CAESAR SALAD DRESSING

  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1.5 tsp. anchovy paste
  • 1.5 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1.5 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 2-3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together the first 5 ingredients then add the cheese, salt and pepper and stir until well-combined. Store dressing covered in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

TO ASSEMBLE YOUR “FINGER” SALAD:

  • Wash and trim hearts of romaine lettuce, separate into individual lettuce spears.
  • Add croutons of choice and serve together with a small bowl of dressing.

Nutrition

Calories: 356kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 4gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 523mgPotassium: 55mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 605IUVitamin C: 3.1mgCalcium: 118mgIron: 0.4mg

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    • The amount is typed to mean: 1 teaspoon plus 1/2 (half) a teaspoon. Hence, 1 1/2 teaspoonS of anchovy paste.
      I noticed you hadn’t pressed the space bar after the first 1, but it is there in the stated recipe.
      Hope that helps

  • Hi Jillee, this looks great! I have made Caesar Salad this way as a finger food for parties, I make really small croutons and free range bacon bits then sprinkle them into each leaf, then drizzle on some dressing (I like Paul Newman’s non creamy) and grate parmesan over the entire platter. I also add chopped capers. Yummy!

  • Love your blog!! Our youngest son LOVES Caesar salad and the dressing. He’s a great cook and I’m sure he’ll enjoy the recipe. Thanks!

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  • This is kind of a silly question. Does the anchovy paste have any fish in it? I tried a store version of the Caesar dressing and almost got sick because of the taste or maybe knowing it was in there and knowing what anchovies are.

    • Yes. Anchovy are fish. They can leave a fishy taste if you put too much in or use they oil that whole anchovy come packed in. I find that I don’t notice any fishy taste with one our two minced filets in the dressing that my wife makes. You can always add more, you can’t take it out once it is in.

    • Yes, Christy, it is basically a paste made from anchovy fillets, olive oil, and vinegar! You are more than welcome to leave it out if you don’t like it, but you might like adding just a little bit :-)

  • Instead of using the mayo, throw in a couple of raw eggs or coddled eggs. With all of your other ingredients, mix with a hand held blender and slowly drizzle in vegetable oil, it will emulsify very quickly I use about a cup or so of the oil. Can sprinkle in some cayenne and about ½ tsp salt when putting the dry ingredients in. I just mix it up in a jar and put a lid on it. Keeps in the fridge for a week or so. Easy peasy. Nice for a raw veg dip also.

  • Thank you so much for giving us this recipe!! It’s my favorite dressing, too! I had tried making it, but didn’t like the trouble it took — I’m not one who likes to cook. I ended up buying Kraft’s version, even though it has soybean oil which I am allergic to — I was that desperate! My favorite Caesar dressing is at Red Lobster — their Salmon Caesar Salad is yummy! But now I have a recipe I can make easily. Thank you!!!

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