I think this recipe originated with my Aunt Eileen, and our family’s been enjoying it for many years. To be a Caesar salad, one must have oil, lemon, garlic, egg, and parmesan, so this is just about as basic as they come and it reminds you why people love Ceasar salad. You can add chicken or garbanzo beans to give it a little more standing as a main dish. Don’t let it freak you out that this salad has raw egg in it. Seriously, people have been eating this for like a thousand years and they don’t get sick. If you’re really worried about it, though, omit it.

1/4 c. olive oil
juice of 1-2 lemons
1 garlic clove, halved
1/4 tsp. salt
dash pepper
1 medium head romaine lettuce
1 c. croutons
1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese
4 anchovies (optional)
1 egg
In a large bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Let stand at least 50 minutes. Ten minutes before serving, tear lettuce into dressing. Add cheese, croutons, and anchovies (if using). Toss well. Add egg, toss well again.

Posted by jessica at January 9, 2003 05:08 PM

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