Linda Eckhardt of the Silver Cloud Diet has put together a delightful classic caesar salad recipe that tastes great all on its’ own, or paired with an entree’. Enjoy!

Classic Caesar Salad Recipe from the Silver Cloud Diet

Ingredients

1 head romaine lettuce, washed and dried in paper towels, then cut into four parts, lengthwise
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves fresh crushed garlic
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice or lime juice
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 raw or coddled* egg yolks
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese + more to sprinkle on top

Preparation

Keep lettuce chilled until time to serve. The most dramatic way to present this salad is the way Caesar Cardini did. Get a big wooden salad bowl. Come to the side of the dining table where your eager guests await and make the dressing before their very eyes. Use a fork to whisk oil, garlic, salt and pepper together. Drizzle in vinegar and lemon juice + Worcestershire. Whisk again. Add egg yolks and whisk thoroughly to make an emulsion. Add parmesan cheese. Its’ best to let the dressing stand a few minutes to let the flavors meld. Add lettuce and turn until all sides are coated (You may want to do this one at a time), then transfer each quarter to a dinner plate. If you wanted to get fancy you could top the salad with grilled chicken, or Italian tuna straight out of the can, or poached salmon. Now that’s lunch!

*Although the risk of salmonella is slight because the dressing is so acidic, some who feel they have compromised immune systems, nursing mothers, and little children and old people might feel more comfortable coddling the eggs. Nothing could be simpler.

Heat water in a small sauce pan. Add a teaspoon of vinegar. Crack the egg and slide it into the simmering water. Don’t let the water boil hard. Cook just until the yolk has a film over it. Lift it from the water with a slotted spoon. You can use the whole egg or just the yolk, which should break nicely into a golden yellow yum. Hold the egg in a small oiled bowl or ramekin until you are ready to compose the salad.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Linda Eckhardt of the Silver Cloud Diet. Please visit The Silver Cloud Diet for more delightfully simple and healthy recipes!*