Classic Caesar Salad Recipe by Jamie Oliver


This step-by-step recipe will guide you through making a delicious Classic Caesar Salad, inspired by Jamie Oliver's culinary expertise. The combination of crisp romaine lettuce, creamy dressing, crunchy croutons, and flavorful Parmesan cheese makes this salad a timeless favorite. Follow these instructions to create a salad that's not only visually appealing but also bursting with flavor.

Preparation Time:  15 minutes   Cooking Time:  15 minutes  Total Time:  30 minutes  Serves:  4


– 2 heads of romaine lettuce – 4 slices of day-old bread (preferably sourdough) – 3 cloves of garlic, divided – 1 lemon – 4 anchovy fillets (optional) – 2 large egg yolk – 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard – 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar – 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil – Freshly ground black pepper, to taste – Salt, to taste – 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Step 1: Prepare the Lettuce

– Rinse the romaine lettuce heads thoroughly under cold water. – Tear the lettuce leaves into bite-sized pieces and place them in a large salad bowl. – Set the bowl aside.

Step 2: Make the Crouton

– Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). – Cut the slices of day-old bread into bite-sized cubes. – Crush one clove of garlic and rub it onto the bread cubes. – Drizzle the bread cubes with olive oil and spread them evenly on a baking sheet. – Bake the croutons in the preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. – Remove from the oven and set aside.

Step 3: Prepare the Dressing

– In a mixing bowl, zest and juice the  lemon. – Finely chop the remaining two cloves  of garlic. – If using anchovy fillets, finely chop  them as well. – Add the chopped garlic, anchovy  fillets (if using), egg yolks, Dijon  mustard, red wine vinegar, and olive  oil to the mixing bowl. – Whisk the ingredients together until  well combined and the dressing has emulsified. – Season with salt and pepper according  to your taste

Step 4: Assemble the Salad

– Pour the dressing over the lettuce in the salad bowl. – Use salad tongs or clean hands to gently toss the lettuce, ensuring all the leaves are coated with the dressing. – Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the salad. – Add the prepared croutons and toss again to distribute them evenly.

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy

– Divide the salad among  four plates. – Optionally, garnish with  additional Parmesan cheese  and a sprinkle of black pepper. – Serve immediately and enjoy  your homemade Classic Caesar Salad!


– For added protein, you can include grilled chicken or shrimp to turn the salad into a main course. – If you prefer a vegetarian version, you can omit the anchovies or replace them with a vegetarian-friendly alternative, such as capers. – To make the croutons extra flavorful, consider tossing them with some olive oil, minced garlic, and dried herbs before baking


By following this step-by-step recipe, you can recreate a Classic Caesar Salad that captures the essence of Jamie Oliver's culinary expertise. This salad's combination of fresh ingredients, tangy dressing, and crunchy croutons will surely satisfy your taste buds. Enjoy this timeless salad as a delightful appetizer or a light and refreshing main course.

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