Make Your Own Avocado Caesar

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Author Notes: We love Caesar Salad around here and make it frequently, especially during the Summer, either as a side or boosted with a little something extra as a complete meal. This one can be either. I like to put some of the ingredients in separate bowls so that we can actually make our own for our individual tastes. This version pairs creamy avocado with briny anchovies, Parmesan, crispy croutons and of course, romaine lettuce!inpatskitchen

Food52 Review: We really loved this salad. When it comes down to it, it has entirely the same character as your standard caesar salad, the same sturdy crunch to the greens and the tangy bite of the dressing -- everything that makes caesar's hail-worthy. But then there's avocado. And everything is better with avocado. It's a simple truth. Here, it makes the dressing as silky as all get out; it's a heavy dressing, and more delicate lettuces wouldn't be able to stand up to it, but romaine has no problem. And, I'm usually not much of a crouton girl, but in this particular salad, I felt like the croutons really made the dish. This one is definitely going into the regular salad rotation. fiveandspice

Serves 2 for dinner or 4 as a side

For the dressing

  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspon Dijon mustard
  • 1 medium avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of homemade or great quality commercial mayo
  • drained oil from a 2 ounce tin of anchovies (save the anchovies for the salad)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Place the anchovy paste, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and Dijon mustard in the bowl of a mini food processor and process for a few seconds to break down the garlic. Add the meat from the avocado and squeeze the lemon juice over and process until relatively smooth. Add the olive oil, mayo, anchovy oil and salt and continue to process until smooth. If the dressing seems too thick, whisk in a tablespoon of water just prior to serving. Place the dressing into a bowl covered with plastic wrap actually pressed onto the dressing and refrigerate until ready to serve.

For the salad

  • 1 large head of Romaine lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 1 twelve inch baguette, cut into one inch cubes, place on a baking sheet, drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper and then baked in a 350F oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until crispy
  • 1 tin of anchovies
  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • dressing
  1. When ready to serve, toss the lettuce with the 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan and place in a serving bowl. Have individual salad bowls or plates ready for each person to plate their own salad with the lettuce mixture, a few croutons, the dressing, anchovies, diced avocado and the extra Parmesan cheese.
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4 months ago EmilyC

Tried this and loved it! The dressing is fantastic and kept well for several days in the fridge.

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4 months ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much Emily! I'm so happy you enjoyed!

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5 months ago Michele Ebert

Made this for dinner last night (served over grilled romaine). This dressing is absolutely amazing!!! So creamy and full of flavor. Definitely my new go-to Caesar dressing! Thank you.

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5 months ago inpatskitchen

So happy you enjoyed! We make it frequently....Thanks so much!

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8 months ago George

What can I substitute for anchovies paste?

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8 months ago inpatskitchen

Hi George! Are you using anchovies in the salad? If so just add one fillet to the dressing. If you're not using anchovies at all you might try a few capers for a little briny kick.

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10 months ago Curteslee

Caesar Salad, Caesar Salad, Caesar Salad-Avocados, Avocados,Avocados WOW...

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10 months ago inpatskitchen

So happy you're so happy!!

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over 1 year ago BadCat

Holy Cow, I can't wait to give this a shot! I'll be adding grilled chicken and make this a main dish. Too bad it's too late to go to the market!

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks! I think grilled chicken will be awesome!

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over 1 year ago ECMotherwell

This recipe RULES. So, so delicious. Thank you inpatskitchen!

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

So happy you enjoyed! Thanks!

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over 1 year ago Chaffja99

I'm a vegetarian. Can I omit the anchovies?

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

You can but you'll not get that "kick" that anchovies bring to the table. Here's a hotline question link that may be of help
http://food52.com/hotline...

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over 1 year ago shells

I love Caesar salad and I love avocados. Can't wait to try-especially not messing with the egg!

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thank you shells! I so hope you enjoy it...please let me know.

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over 1 year ago foxeslovelemons

Oh my gosh, just discovered this, and I cannot wait to try it! Add an avocado to my grocery list for next week!

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

If you love Caesar salad you'll be very happy! My brother is in town from Baton Rouge this week and this is always on the menu when he comes. And please let me know how you like it...

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about 2 years ago sl(i)m

This was an AWESOME salad. A mixture for 8 was scarfed down by 4 in its entirety!

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about 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much! I'm sooo glad you enjoyed it!

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about 2 years ago busylady

I simply cannot wait to try this version of Caesar Salad. I love avocados and wouldn't you know they are sale this week!

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about 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Oh please let me know what you think if you try this. My brother is coming in from Baton Rouge next week and he loves Caesar salad. I'm making it for him with a big steak. I'm hoping he loves it!

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about 2 years ago Markop

Sounds delish. But I never make a Caesar salad dressing with mayo, ever.

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about 2 years ago inpatskitchen

I know...not traditional but very good and when you think about it, eggs, oil, lemon,garlic and a little mustard turn into mayo and also show up in Caesar dressing.....and no egg issues! Hopefully you'll give it a try. And thanks for the "sounds delish"!

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about 2 years ago Susige

Love, love, love! Simply delicious!

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about 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much Susige!

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about 2 years ago Raphael K.M. Kudeabo

Caesar salad has always been a wonderful one, but with avocado and this nice drssing, its just too crazy.

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about 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks! It is crazy isn't it? But sooo good!!

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over 2 years ago lapadia

Seriously delicious!!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Yes! Avocado on avocado!! Thanks!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love this, caesar salad is wonderful. Really think the avocado is a brilliant addition in both the salad and the dressing.

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks! We really enjoyed it...I love avocados!