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A Summer Cool Down: Caesar Salad with Lemon Garlic Croutons

Hot summer days are made for cold, crisp salads. And if you are anything like me, you like your salads to have some punch. A crisp, full flavored salad is a great way to keep the house cool and satisfy your craving for a tasty meal. What salad is more flavorful than a well dressed Caesar?

The dressing for a Caesar salad is the make or break ingredient. If the dressing is runny or lacking salty flavor, or if the dressing is not balanced with all of the right ingredients, it just won’t be a great Caesar. And don’t forget the crispy romaine lettuce, which can hold up to the strong flavors and heavy texture of the dressing (although I don’t mind some arugula thrown in). No wilting lettuce here! Add some chicken or shrimp for a full meal and enjoy the warm summer days with a cool Caesar salad that will wake up your taste buds. Just bring some mints along for the ride – you might just need them!

Caesar Salad with Lemon Garlic Croutons

Ingredients

3 Garlic Cloves, minced

2/3 Cup Mayonaise

1 1/2 tsp Anchovy paste

1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp Dijon Mustard

1 tsp Lemon zest

1 Tbsp Lemon juice

Salt and Pepper to taste

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

3 Cups Day old white bread, cubed

1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped
Directions

  1. Combine 2 cloves of minced garlic with mayonnaise, anchovy paste, 3 tbls Parmesan cheese, worcestershire, Dijon, and lemon juice in container with tight lid. Stir then shake well. Carefully season with salt and pepper (anchovy paste and Parmesan cheese are already very salty) to taste. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oil with remaining garlic and lemon zest. Add bread cubes, stirring frequently until all sides are lightly browned. Remove and season with salt and pepper immediately.
  3. Add lettuce to salad bowl. Toss with desired amount of dressing, adding more if needed. Add remaining Parmesan cheese and croutons.
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