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Monday, November 21, 2011

Caesar Salad, Wendyywy's style - Salad Week # 1

Salad made in August 2011

Pei Sze, this week is for you! Congratulations with the new move! Happy salad making.

Caesar Salad, not Julius's I think. This is my twist on this classical salad.

What should be in a Caesar Salad?
Basically, romaine lettuce, croutons, olive oil, egg yolk, lemon juice, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, garlic, parmesan cheese, salt and black pepper.

I have bastardized it by replacing the oil+yolk+vinegar+lemon juice with mayonnaise, of which those ingredients are used to make mayonnaise. I just used the end product instead, LOL!
I also skipped the garlic (I shouldn't have, maybe next time I should add). Some versions call for mustard and I used wasabi. Some places also serve this with poached egg, but I went for hard boiled.

Why wasabi??? Last time, I don't own a bottle of mustard (now I do), and I do not want to buy a big bottle of mustard just to make this salad. So, I bought wasabi, sold in little sachets or small tubs at the sushi counter at a fraction of the cost. To me, the pungency is similar. Usually I don't consume wasabi, even when I eat sushi or sashimi, I hate the pungency that hits my nose and brain. But it's ok in this salad. And it feels somehow awkward without it (according to me). I've made this many many times, and each time, everybody enjoys it. It's a matter of personal preference if you find this version to be so unauthentic, of which is a fact.

If you don't have access to the type of romaine in the picture, just use baby romaine that is so easily available at wet markets nowadays, some call it 珍珠麦菜 or 香麦菜. Which is the proper name? I'm not sure. But just look at the picture below and get the baby version of it.

If you have missed out my post on how to make croutons, it's here

Wendy’s Caesar Salad
Recipe Source: Wendyywy

250gm romaine lettuce (1 large head, organic)
2 hardboiled eggs
1 cup croutons
1 Tbsp grated parmesan (mine is powdered, so use more if yours is freshly grated)

2 Tbsp mayonnaise
½ Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Small pinch salt
Wasabi (as much as u like)
Black pepper

1. Wash and drain lettuce well. Shake off excess water. Tear into small pieces.
2. Combine ingredients for dressing and taste, adjust if needed.
3. Put lettuce into a big bowl. pour dressing on and toss to coat each piece of lettuce thinly with the dressing.
4. Put dressed lettuce into serving dish, top with croutons, slices of hard boiled eggs and lastly sprinkle cheese over (I forgot the cheese when I made it this time, but usually I do put).
5. Serve immediately.
The Dressing

Preparing the salad


  1. OOOoh, like, love, heart....all of the above!! My fav salad dish!

  2. Caesar Salad is my fav salad. I usually like to add a bit of anchovy paste to the dressing :)

  3. Sharon,
    One of my favs too

    Hope you like it

    aiyor, half gone liao! why u eat so much?

    anchovy paste? Hmm.... I've never seen that. If I ever see that I'll buy it and give it a try

  4. A healthy theme for this week, I love it.

  5. Caesar salad is one of my fav salad, will try it one day. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love this salad. But if i make i wont add eggs coz am not keen on hardboild eggs. I was wondering how to make the croutons but lucky you attached the links. :)

  7. I love using anchovy paste too, you can get them in those squeezy tubes. BTW, i got your vouchers dy, TQ very much!

  8. My favourite salad, yum.

    Try with the anchovy. Add little by little coz not everybody like the strong taste.

  9. love the color of your salad. looks amazingly good and healthy!

  10. Love the idea of using wasabi! I love wasabi- I always dip my sushi n plenty of wasabi+ soy sace before I eat it ;) I've never made Caesar salad before, but I do love it! (especially the dressing!) I'll have to try making it some day!

  11. Happy Flour,

    U diet ah?

    Great, hope u like it

    Small Kucing,
    Poached eggs maybe then?

    Oh great! Use them up ok!
    thanks! I'll check them up on my next trip to KL.

    Poh Lin,
    sure, if I get some I will since everybody raves about it. Or did u mean the whole thing? Ooohh that one i dun like.

    petite nyonya,
    LOL, thanks. Somehow I never view mayo as healthy.

    Try it with wasabi, I like it this way.

  12. Great theme. I can have some new ideas on my salad. I like your version of Caesar salad. Yum!

  13. Yummy! I don't like wasabi, can't stand the pungent smell, but I love the idea of adding croutons to the salad, next time I should try!

  14. Vivian,

    Croutons are a must to Caesar salad.
    Omit the wasabi if you don't like it, but never omit the croutons, if not it won't be similiar anymore.

  15. I also prefer hard boiled eggs. In jusco , they are selling wasabi mayonnaise, i didnt buy that but i've tried that from a friend..quite nice.

  16. Very nice... but this salad isn't for the diet-person loh... Haha...

  17. I could eat 3lbs of this, lovely and fresh!

  18. My daugther's favouorite. She loves it with a little bit of bacon toppings, yum!

  19. I could do with some salad days...been eating too much carbohydrate of late:P and I have a couple pieces of stale bread, perfect for croutons!:)I love the greenish color of the dressing, although I don't like wasabi either.

  20. lena,
    I think there is too, but it's better to make my own, I can adjust the pungency level, unless you really love wasabi.
    For this, I feel the wasabi should not be obvious, just complimenting.

    ice americanos,
    Haha, yeah, caesar salads are never for the diet conscious person.

    Oh you must eat.. baby needs it

    Haha, I'm stingy not to put in bacon bits.

    LOL, the dressing seem very greenish because of the background. I put them on top of the lettuce when I took that picture.

  21. Oh, oh~ I love this salad. With the name Caesar I thought the sauce would be complicated to make (But why Caesar?).

  22. Okay, googled about Caesar salad. Apparently Caesar is the creator's given name (not family). Interesting fact :)

  23. yvonne,
    Lots of salads have given names (fixed ones). I am planning to feature a few if possible.

  24. So light and refreshing looking. This would be perfect as the weather heats up. I love the addition of wasabi!

  25. Wasabi in salad, very interesting! Your photos are amazing!

  26. Now this is Caesar Salad! Thanks for the inspired wasabi dressing. Wouldn't have thought of it heh. Btw, I have that same bowl!

  27. My Dear!!! MANY THANKS for the recipes!! LOVE IT! Wish we can meet up soon!!
    Best Regards,
    Pei Sie (Patricia)

  28. Patricia,
    U come to meet me la, I cannot go to meet u.
    Eh, actually I still have a few salads in my drafts, but not suitable for your occasion.
    Happy Housewarming yeah!

  29. Really Thank you my dear!!

  30. Wendy,
    Can I toss the lettuce with the dressing few hours beforehand? I will only add the cheese, eggs and croutons before serving.

  31. Lyn,
    any salad when dressed few hours ahead will wilt and wilt and water, especially those with greens. It's not hard to toss this salad, takes only few seconds. As long as you got all the components ready, it only takes less than 1 minute.
    Make coleslaw if you want to make few hours ahead as cabbages are not as watery, that is if you dried them properly before dressing.

  32. Ok...Is it alright for me to use Green oak lettuce? or I need to use romaine to make your caesar salad?

  33. Lyn,
    Once of the characteristics of Caesar salad is the romaine lettuce. Then again, any salads can be made with any lettuce, but the name won't be fitting if the "main actor" has been changed. If you don't care about the name, then go ahead.


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