Bold Statement. Maybe. I don’t make statements like this easily, trust me. But when my friend Angie came over with her peeps a while ago she brought a salad to go along with the lasagna I was making. Can I tell you I almost fell off my chair when I took a bite of her salad. It was perfect. Simply perfect. I waited for the appropriate time to ask for the recipe. I didn’t want her to think I was some crazy foodie blogger that only cares about food….oh wait…I am that. Regardless, she gave me the recipe and the go-ahead to blog about it. I think most of my friends know by now that if I ask for a recipe and you actually give it to me then it’s a sure bet it’s going to show up here! I do that simply because I care so much about you guys I want to have the best of the best….and this recipe is the best of the best Caesar salad….in my humble opinion!
1 garlic clove-peeled and minced
1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup olive oil
splash Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Romaine Lettuce-rinsed and dried (about 1 1/2 to 2 Romaine hearts)
Using your hands, tear off chunks of lettuce from the Romaine hearts and break apart (do not use a knife to cut). Place in bowl. Set aside.
Place your garlic into a medium bowl and add your red wine vinegar. Smash and stir. Add oil, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and egg yoke. (You have to coddle the egg -which means place it in boiling water for 45 sec., then crack open and just use yolk). Then add the juice from 1/2 of lemon. Stir really well and pour onto lettuce. Toss until coated. Add Parmesan cheese and croutons to your liking. Toss to combine. Serve and wait for the applause.
Note: This salad is perfectly delicious on it’s own, as a side or topped with your favorite protein. I selected grilled chicken breast for our little supper. Fantastic!
Another note: I had never coddled an egg until I made this salad. Don’t be afraid to try it, it is quite easy and you will have peace of mind that you are not eating a “raw” egg. I would also advise you to use organic farm eggs whenever possible. Store bought “white” eggs are old…in some cases months old…that is just not good for you.
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Peace and Coddle,