Traditional Caesar Salad

Salad Recipe: Traditional Caesar Salad Recipe

A tasty salad that has earned it's place on the top of the favourites list, the Traditional Caesar Salad is believed to be the invention of Caesar Cardini, who  created it in Tijuana, Mexico in the 1920s.This recipe is great with a glass or two of  Marlborough NZ 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, a distinctive white with a vibrant fresh aroma of tropical fruit with herbal overtones. Or maybe try another of  our Sauvignon Blanc wines.

See our suggested wine matches.

Serves 6

Salad Ingredients

200g sourdough baguette, cut into 1cm cubes 
olive oil cooking spray 
6 rashers rindless bacon, chopped 
1 large cos lettuce 
50g parmesan cheese, shaved 

Dressing Ingredients

2 egg yolks 
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 
1 large garlic clove, chopped 
4 anchovies, chopped 
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 
3/4 cup olive oil


Dressing: Place egg yolks, mustard, garlic, anchovy and vinegar in a food processor and process until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add oil until dressing thickens. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Preheat oven to 200°C. Arrange bread on a large, flat baking tray. Spray with oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss bread pieces gently to coat, spraying with more oil if necessary. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden. Set aside to cool completely. 

Meanwhile, heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add bacon. Cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes or until bacon is crisp and golden. Drain on paper towel. 

Tear lettuce leaves into 3cm pieces and place in a large bowl. Add bacon and croutons. Pour dressing over salad. Season with salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine. Top with parmesan. Serve.


To turn into a main meal add the shredded meat from a large barbecued chicken or 3 cups chopped ham or turkey with the bacon in step 

You can prepare this salad in advance. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Pour over dressing just before serving.

Our Favourite Wine Match:

We picked our Marlborough NZ 2009 Sauvignon Blanc- a powerful fruit driven style with racy acidity. Or maybe you could try our  Riverland 2009 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc - delightful white blend  with floral and fruity aromas, and a delicious blend of soft fruit and slight dryness on the finish, or another Sauvignon Blanc.