|Home-made pie, my anchovy paste tube, and the cutest S&P shakers EVER!!|
Because traditional Caesar salad dressing contains raw eggs, it can be rather controversial. I found a few recipes that got around the raw egg by using either cooked egg yolk, or mayonnaise. I decided to opt for a mayonnaise based dressing recipe I found as part of the recipe for Caesar Salad Supreme on allrecipes.com..
The only change I made was instead of using anchovy fillets I used anchovy paste. (My husband was kind enough to decorate the plain tube for me!). The dressing was delicious; very zesty and garlicky. If you've only ever had bottled Caesar dressing, which in my opinion is usually all about the parmesan, you may be surprised by how different the real deal tastes. The parmesan cheese is definitely there, but there's so much more. It's a more sophisticated taste, but it's classic, and I strongly recommend that you try it.
Another thing that I strongly recommend you try is making your own salad dressings more often. There are so many great recipes out there. Just this week I whipped up an Orange Poppy-seed dressing that was the perfect accompaniment for spinach salad with cherry tomatoes and supremes of orange. It was great, and it was so much better than a salty, too sweet bottled dressing. And it was so easy to make! Most dressings can be easily assembled using either a blender or a mason jar. I'm not usually one to plug a product, but I have been using my Magic Bullet blender to make salad dressings (both the Caesar and the Poppy-seed) with great results. I've also used a regular blender to make the Poppy-seed in the past, and it worked great, but I found that the smaller Magic Bullet worked really well and was easier to clean up. Presentation is simple and sweet as well; after I finish mixing up the dressing I just pour it into a cruet or mason jar. It looks so pretty!
So, over the weekend, flip to the salad chapter of your favorite cookbook and give one (or more!) of the dressings a try! It'll be the perfect accompaniment to your weekend barbeque, brunch, or welcome home celebration! Enjoy!
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