When I’m craving comfort food, I’m usually not thinking about salads – with one exception. This easy homemade Caesar salad is creamy, indulgent and delicious!
This Caesar salad dressing is simple to make, and I usually have all of the ingredients on hand – which makes it one of my weeknight go-to meals. It’s so simple and satisfying, we eat Caesar salads at least once a week over here. I’ll change the salad a bit week by week, maybe throw in some roasted potatoes or grilled asparagus one week, and cheesy grilled croutons the next. It really depends on the leftovers that I have on hand. That’s the beauty of a salad – almost any kind of veggie will work and it’s a perfect way to use up leftovers at the end of the week.
I make this Caesar dressing so often, I know the recipe by heart. It’s one of those recipes where I’m comfortable enough to eyeball it and taste it as I go. The Caesar dressing varies slightly every time we eat it, but it is always delicious. So the measurements I’ve provided below are approximations. Definitely taste the dressing as you go, and adjust based on your preferences. Add more lemon juice if it needs a little acid, perhaps additional Worcestershire or anchovy paste if it needs more salt. Maybe you love a creamy salad dressing? Add more Parmesan. I play with the proportions depending on my mood. In fact, when I want a lighter dressing I’ve even used half water and half oil and it turned out ok, though not as rich as if you were to use all oil.
This Caesar salad is delicious, but the simplicity of this recipe is why I make it week after week. With three young kids, sometimes it is a struggle to get even the most basic dinner on the table. One of my goals with this blog was to share my cooking strategies with hopes of inspiring others. Our evenings are so much more enjoyable when I have a plan for dinner. So. . . .drum roll here. . . this is the game plan I follow when I make Caesar salad for dinner. It is by no means revolutionary, but it works for our family. Maybe you’ll be able to take something out of this post that will work for you 🙂
- In the morning, I prepare my chicken. If I have five minutes or so when the kids are eating breakfast, I’ll put the chicken breasts in a Ziploc bag with the olive oil, lemon juice and salt and “squish” it around a bit to get everything nicely coated. Then it goes back into the fridge until I’m ready to bake it. Chicken likes to be seasoned as far in advance as possible so that the meat remains tender and juicy when it cooks, so it’s good to do this in the morning if you have time. Sometimes I’ll even do this step the night before.
- When the kids are eating lunch, I’ll wash my greens and prepare the Caesar dressing. Again, I only need about five minutes for this step. I like to wash my greens ahead of time so they have time to dry before dinner.
- Finally, about an hour before dinner I’ll put the chicken in the oven and cut my greens. Toss the greens, veggies and Caesar dressing together then top with extra Parmesan and chicken. Yum! So there you have it. A quick dinner that is both comforting and satisfying.