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Caesar Salad

March 7, 2019 (Last Updated: October 29, 2019)

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Delicious Caesar Salad  made with a homemade creamy dressing.

Homemade Caesar Salad topped with croutons and Parmesan cheese in a white bowl

I just had to share a Caesar salad that goes perfectly with  my delicious Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing and my homemade garlic croutons. I couldn’t share one without the other! 


What ingredients are needed for a Caesar Salad?

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Croutons
  • Caesar dressing
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice – optional

What can I add to a Caesar Salad?

This salad is perfect by itself, but you can make it a main dish for dinner by adding a grilled chicken breast, grilled salmon, shrimp, or thinly sliced flank steak. 

Ingredients needed for Caesar Salad

Where did Caesar Salad get its name?

It was named after Caesar Cardini who first came up with the salad in 1924 in Mexico. The name and the recipe have survived almost a century!

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

Yes, but you want to assemble the salad just before serving. To make ahead of time, chop romaine lettuce and store in a plastic bag. Grate Parmesan cheese and store in a plastic bag. If you are making your own dressing, make and store in refrigerator. Have croutons ready.

Just before serving, add everything to a large bowl. Toss until dressing coats everything and serve.

Tips for making Caesar Salad

  • Cut lettuce into similar sized pieces. I like my cut into 2 inch pieces.
  • Use fresh lemon juice – not bottled
  • Use shredded or grated Parmesan cheese. Do not use powdered Parmesan that comes in the can. That doesn’t work well for this salad
  • Choose your favorite croutons – you can use garlic croutons, seasoned croutons, Caesar croutons or make your own
  • Use a bowl large enough so you can toss everything around. You want the dressing evenly distributed over every leaf of lettuce.

Salad topped with croutons and shredded cheese.

This is one of our favorite salads at home, when we go out to eat and even when we go camping!

I follow my make ahead steps above and place everything in individual zip top bags. At camp, I just throw everything in a large bowl, toss and serve. 

Is Caesar Salad a side dish or main dish?

The choice is yours! It can be a side dish or a main dish. I’d have to say we probably eat it equally as a side dish or a main. When eating as a main dish, we often add one of the meat options and serve with buttery garlic breadsticks. 

I also make Chicken Caesar Wraps using this salad. 

Some other great salads we enjoy include Oriental Chicken Salad and Tuna Cobb Salad.

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Caesar Salad topped with croutons and parmesan cheese.



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5 from 4 votes
Caesar Salad made with creamy Caesar Dressing.
Caesar Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Caesar salad with a creamy dressing.

Course: Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caesar Salad
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 112 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce trimmed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup creamy Caesar dressing
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup croutons
  • 1/2 lemon optional
  1. Place chopped lettuce in a large bowl.

  2. Drizzle dressing on top. Using two large spoons toss until lettuce is well coated.

  3. Sprinkle on cheese and croutons. Toss again.

  4. Squeeze lemon juice over salad and toss. (lemon juice is optional)

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Recipe Notes

Ingredient amounts vary depending on the size of your heads of lettuce and how much dressing you like on your salad. Adjust to your taste.

Nutrition Facts
Caesar Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 112 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 210mg9%
Potassium 527mg15%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 18205IU364%
Vitamin C 13.1mg16%
Calcium 125mg13%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    Fred G
    March 12, 2019 at 10:19 am

    5 stars
    Great way to use lettuce from my garden

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    March 11, 2019 at 6:05 am

    5 stars
    I absolutely love a good Caesar salad, and I’ve been craving one ever since you posted your Caesar dressing recipe. I guess I just need to put the ingredients on the shopping list, huh? šŸ™‚ This salad looks phenomenal, my friend!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    March 8, 2019 at 10:48 am

    5 stars
    Hands down my favorite kind of salad Kathy! And I loved your homemade caesar drssing too!

  • Reply
    March 7, 2019 at 9:04 am

    5 stars
    A classic for good reason! You surely put your caesar dressing to good use! And now I’m craving! Pinned šŸ™‚

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