Caesar Dressing + Anchovy Croutons

Best caesar salad recipe www.abeautifulmess.comI’m not always a savvy or adventurous diner. I have my go-tos. The dish I probably order most often is caesar salad. I love the flavors and no matter where you are, most caesar salads taste pretty similar. So you know what you’re in for. Like anything you order/eat often, you start to develop strong preferences about little things (or is this just me?). For example, I really don’t like it when caesar salad is made with anything other than romaine lettuce. It makes no sense really. I love spinach, kale, etc. But I just want romaine.My favorite caesar salad www.abeautifulmess.comIf I’m going to get all picky about it I figured I better learn to make my own favorite version of this classic salad. This is really yummy and would make a fantastic lunch to make office buddies jealous or as an impressive starter to a multi-course homemade dinner. Or you could make it and then eat it by yourself while standing in your dirty-dish-filled kitchen. I’ll just let you guess which of these I did….Anchovie croutons www.abeautifulmess.comAnchovy Croutons (because every salad should start with bread, right?)

1/3 loaf french bread
2 tablespoons oil drained from the anchovy package
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
salt + pepper

Cut up the bread into bite sized cubes. Coat in the oils. Sprinkle on the cheese and salt + pepper. Bake at 350°F for 6-8 minutes until crunchy. Homemade caesar dressing www.abeautifulmess.comCaesar Dressing

3-4 cloves garlic
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
5 anchovies
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt + pepper

In a food processor puree together the garlic, egg yolks, mustard, anchovies and red pepper flakes if using. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while the processor is on low. Taste and add salt + pepper as needed.Caesar salad recipe www.abeautifulmess.comAssemble your salad and add as much dressing and croutons as you like. Sprinkle on a little shaved parmesan before serving. Enjoy! xo. Emma

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  • Those croutons sound delicious! Anchovies in the dressing is a new one for me. We also add blue cheese or Gorgonzola cheese if we have it…adds a great richness and depth.

  • Yum!! Here is my version to share too:

  • This looks so fine, I really want to try this and the instructions are so straight forward.

  • My little brother used to be EXTREMELY picky. The only vegetable he would eat was romaine lettuce with Caesar dressing. One night I made the dressing from scratch, anchovies and all. He loved it and had no idea he was eating fish. I really like the idea of using the anchovy oil to make the croutons!

  • This looks so delicious! Yum, I love an interesting salad!

    xo, Juliette Laura

  • I’ve started having grilled romaine…. you brush it with some olive oil, salt and pepper, then put it on the bbq for a couple minutes. Then drizzle caesar dressing on top. It’s so good!

  • Isn’t it international that Ceaser salad, WHEREVER you are (im in Argentina), it is just a classic and safe zone! 😛 Loved the post!

  • Caesar salad is a favourite of mine as well! I might give this a try… I’ve never thought to make my own dressing!

  • this sounds absolutely delicious!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  • I love homemade croutons. The stale ones in the box just don’t compare! I manage to make caesar dressing without anchovies but this post has inspired me to give it a try!

  • I completely agree about the lettuce, it’s SO disappointing when it’s not made with romaine! Thank u for the lovely recipe.
    Emma x

  • That looks delicious! And I agree, when possible romaine lettuce should be the only choice for Caesar Salads.

  • Wow it looks delish! Mmmm definitively going to try it! ?

  • Ceaser salad is my most favouritist salad.
    I also stand and eat it in my kitchen.

  • Instead of throwing the heel of the bread away I have been cutting it up and tossing it with olive oil and Cavenders Greek seasoning. Cook it and up and they are the best croutons. Just thought I’d throw my two cents in! YUM!

  • I love ceaser salad. Those croutons sound delicious.


  • The second I saw that photo, I was craving a caesar salad. I need one immediately!

    Brittanny //

  • So yummy !
    Giveaway on my blog: ‎

  • This looks lovely. I’ve always wanted to try a caesar salad so I’ll be giving this a go! 🙂

  • Yummy simple lunch!Looks so good!

    Lulu xx

  • Oh my how great! Such a classic salad. And you are so right about the romaine lettuce! Those other leaves just, somehow, don’t cut it for the perfect Caesar salad! Thanks for this recipe! 🙂

  • I agree. I think caesar salads are a classic and usually never fail to disappoint, especially if they use anchovies. I went to a Japanese restaurant that made their fusion recipe with wasabi instead of dijon mustard and they added sashimi. It was delicious!

  • I love simple salads and ceasar dressing is one of my favorites. I usually serve it with some chicken. 🙂

  • Anchovy croutons! What an interesting idea!
    Simply Akshara

  • I will try this. Thank you for the recipe. x

  • caesar salad is almost a comfort food for me.. this looks excellent!

  • I wasn’t sure about the anchovies when I first heard it, but your salad looks positively stunning. I need to give this one a try!


  • A ceaser salad without romaine lettuce, simply isn’t a ceaser salad. The dressing is one of my favorite for any salad, and I actually am a big fan of anchovies!


  • This looks delicious!

  • I’m personally not a huge fan of caesar salad, but your food photography makes it look great!

  • This looks super tasty, love the idea of using the anchovy oil for the croutons.

  • always wanted to have recipe for caesar salad dressing. this looks delicious! thanks emma!

  • Those anchovy croutons are killing me right now! Looking all delicious over there.

  • Yum! I love Caesar salad. My father in law has a pretty amazing Caesar dressing recipe that I make all the time…no egg. This looks great too and I love the crouton idea!

  • Caesar salad is my favourite salad of all time, it is the best salad ever in my opinion. I love it so much, and your pictures are making me want one so bad!!!
    I would have never thought of using the oil from the fish for the croutons, it’s quite a cool idea, may have to do it sometime 🙂

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