Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Great Ceasar's Salad Dressing

One of my favorite scenes in "Madmen" is when they make Ceasar's Salad at table side - it takes me back to when we ate out as a family and this was a special treat made in a large wooden bowl with such ceremony!

This is a modern take.  Just play with the ingredients until you get the right proportions for your palate.  Some prefer more acidity to their dressings, some more garlic.  You don't need a whole lot of anything except olive oil by the cup and tablespoons for everything else - I used the juice of one whole lime. I like to use this dressing to give any greens a lovely coating - romaine, kale, dandelion greens.  Skip the crutons! add the Worcestershire sauce if you have it but I don't think it's essential.
Mine is a simple process - no ceremony.  There are Key ingredients but it can be quickly thrown together and blended until creamy in a blender or food processor  - they are:

sea salt
black pepper - freshly ground
egg yolk - farm fresh
lemon or lime juice - fresh squeezed
pecorino cheese - freshly grated
olive oil
garlic - farmer grown
anchovies or fish sauce


1. The freshest fish makes the best fish sauce.
The primary ingredient in Red Boat is select fresh wild-caught anchovy from the crystal clear waters off the Phu Quoc island archipelago. We use only black anchovy (Ca Com) to lend a unique character and superior flavor to our nước mắm nhi
2. Artisanal not processed. 
A centuries-old traditional method of slow fermentation in large tropical wood barrels to achieve the smoothest, richest, and sweetest flavor.
3. It takes two. 
We bottle only pure first press “extra virgin” fish sauce so with Red Boat, you are getting an amber elixir that is made of just two all natural ingredients: fresh wild caught anchovy and sea salt.

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