Moms, do I have caesar salad recipe for you. This is one of Eli’s favorite salads now and he literally requests it daily. He eats a whole plate full, even when I sneak some lacinato kale in the salad. I told him the other night as he scarfed down a plate full of salad that he just polished off about 1/4 a head of kale. His jaw just about slammed down on the table. He said he didn’t even know there was kale in the salad, he thought the dark green leaves were darker romaine lettuce pieces. The dressing is what makes this a kid friendly salad (no anchovies or raw egg) or should I say adult friendly as well. You can make it more of an adult salad by adding some kale as well as multigrain croutons. To keep it truly kid friendly, I would just serve the dressing over some romaine leaves and make up some sourdough or french bread croutons. BTW, I don’t always add croutons to the salad, so don’t feel the pressure. We usually just have this salad as a side to our meal sans the croutons. I just don’t always have time to whip up a batch of croutons during the week.
You know what I love about this salad? The dressing makes enough for a weeks worth of salads. I made the dressing up on Sunday and we paired this salad with our dinner all week. All I had to do was throw some dressing on some fresh lettuce leaves, (which I show you how to keep fresh and handy in this post) and voila, the salad was complete. It was nice having a salad each night to compliment the other vegetables and entree I was serving. I’m finding that as my kids are growing, their appetites are as well. I need to have more variety and more substance on the table each night, and a salad is a great and healthy way to add that extra bit.
If you have a smaller household and don’t want salad all week, then feel free to cut the dressing recipe in half. I was going to do that originally, but was glad I didn’t, as I used every little bit of dressing. I love this dressing because there are no anchovies (not a fan of anchovies, sorry) or raw eggs in the dressing, which makes it a perfect family friendly dressing. It’s also so easy to throw together and uses such simple pantry ingredients.
kid friendly caesar salad:
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- 1 cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese – I usually only have shredded around and it works great.
- 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (1 1/2 lemons or 1 juicy lemon)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 head of romaine lettuce or 1/2 head romaine and 1/2 bunch of lacinato/dinasour kale – I used a combination of the two lettuces, but if your child doesn’t like kale, then stick to romaine. Also, you can use more or less lettuce depending on the amount of people you are serving.
There you have it, fresh dressing. Now, wasn’t that easy?
You will have to whisk the dressing each time before you use it, as it will thicken up a bit.
Don’t worry if the dressing seems thick, it will be great once it gets mixed into the salad.
- 2 slices of bread – Just use whatever bread you have available. My kids love croutons no matter what bread I use. If you’re serving this salad to younger or pickier kids, then I would start off with simpler bread like sourdough or French bread.
- 2 garlic cloves, minced (optional but recommended)
- 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt – I usually just throw a pinch of salt in
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper – I actually don’t measure out my pepper. I just twist the pepper grinder a few times.
Pull out 2 slices of sliced sandwich bread or slice 2 thick slices from a loaf of bread.
I just discovered this bread called Dave’s killer bread, and it is killer.
Throw in the croutons and toss to coat.
The croutons will stay fresh in a sealed container for about 2-3 days.
You could also slice the kale into thin slices to make it easier for the kids to eat. I find that when kale is sliced up, it’s less intimidating for kids.
It’s the perfect salad to serve up to guests and the perfect addition to any meal.