For today’s Sunday Funday, participants were tasked with making homemade salad dressings.
Typically, I’ve been a no salad dressing or ranch type of gal, Hubs uses ranch and the kids haven’t used dressing at all.
Then imagine my surprise when we went out for dinner a month ago, and Dude ordered a caesar salad. I asked the waitress to put the dressing on the side, anticipating his aversion when he piped up and said he liked caesar dressing (which he’d had at a banquet) and wanted his salad tossed! Whhhaaaat?!?
He then proceeded to ask me to buy caesar dressing to have on hand for when I serve salads. I happily obliged. Then I tried the dressing I bought and was less than enthused.
So when this challenge came up, I knew I was going to tackle caesar.
Now, a true caesar has anchovies or anchovy paste but that’s gross, so I omitted it (I know, I know, I should grow up, but I really don’t think I’m going to outgrow this aversion), so this recipe is the non-anchovy version.
This recipe makes the perfect amount to toss on one head of romaine lettuce (unless you like your salad really saucy, then you might want to double it). The salads were a light dinner option that was enjoyed by all…especially since I served it with fresh focaccia!
Homemade Salad Dressings
Palatable Pastime: Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
Chicken Caesar Salad
1 ½ pounds chicken breasts
Seasoning salt & pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon oil
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
1 recipe Easy Caesar Dressing (below)
Focaccia bread or croutons, optional
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the chicken with seasoning salt and pepper. Cook the chicken about 5 minutes per side or until browned on both sides and cooked through (optionally, cook on an outdoor grill).
Toss the romaine with the caesar dressing and top with chicken. Serve with croutons or focaccia bread.
Easy Caesar Dressing
Adapted from Cookie and Kate
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon dijon mustard
½ teaspoon worcestershire sauce
Pinch of salt
2 ½ tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon water
Black pepper, to taste
Whisk together all ingredients. Toss with salad