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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