Original Caesar Salad – Myths And The Truth


Caesar salad is without a doubt one of the most common and loved salads worldwide. However, the original Caesar salad is far more uncommon than you might think. The thing is, there are so many interpretations and different recipes that even many professional chefs cannot pinpoint anymore what is the real Caesar salad like.

The origin of the Caesar salad

Contrary to a common belief, Caesar salad was not invented by Julius Caesars. The only trate they share is being the “superior” – undeniably, Caesar salad is like the emperor of all the salads. However, Caesar salad was actually invented italian Caesar (Cesare) Cardini, who opened up a restaurant in San Diego and served the salad on busy times when he was lacking of supplies to make something else. The ease of making it turned Caesar salad to an overnight success.

Though many people have since claimed they are the creators (including Caesar’s brother), a strong trace can be followed only to Cardini who also created and bottled the original Caesar’s salad dressing. Even better, you can purchase the dressing from Amazon, meaning you can create the exact same salad at home without much trouble!

There is no chicken in the original Caesar salad

On of the most common interpretations of the famous Caesar salad is salad with chicken breasts. However, that’s far from being the main component in the original salad – instead of chicken, there’s actually anchovy filets! Yes, you heard it right ladies – no chicken, just fish. If you want to make the real Caesar salad, then this recipe is the closest it can get to the original one made by Cardini in Tijuana:

The ingredients for the original Caesar’s salad

  • 1 large head romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 3 cups of croutons
  • 2 garlic gloves
  • 8 anchovy filets
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground salt
  • 2 egg yolks for large eggs
  • Parmesan cheese
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Next time you’ll be ordering Caesar salad from the restaurant you will know exactly what to look for – or even better, mix it up yourself and enjoy the good old classic while impressing your family and friends!