19 Caesar Recipes Because Romaine Shouldn’t Have All the Fun

19 Caesar Recipes Because Romaine Shouldn’t Have All the Fun

Caesar was “the most talked-of salad of a decade,” according to cookbook author Helen Evans Brown in 1952. The same could be argued of many, if not most, if not all, of the decades since then. So far as salad dressings go, Caesar has an unusually tight grip on American cooks. And our staff at Bon Appétit is no different. Our editors’ obsession with Caesar is practically out of control—just ask these 19 recipes.

Not all of them include romaine or croutons, but they embrace the creamy, tangy, umami flavors that make this dressing so rightfully famous. Take this Tomato Caesar that ditches lettuce for thickly sliced heirlooms. Or this Kale Caesar that opts for flaky breadcrumbs in lieu of chunky croutons. Or this Vegan Caesar that takes advantage of silken tofu, nutritional yeast, and briny capers. And yeah: We also have Classic Caesar Salad with anchovies, Parmesan, garlic, and mustard. The choice is yours.

  • Gray platter of classic Caesar salad on a white backdrop with salad servers.

    Photograph by Isa Zapata, Food Styling by Judy Kim, Prop Styling by Stephanie De Luca

    Classic Caesar Salad

    A great Caesar salad recipe like this one gets its swagger from cold and crisp greens, a creamy and briny dressing, and freshly made croutons.

  • Photo by Heidi’s Bridge

    Lazy Caesar Salad

    No raw egg yolk, no problem. All the flavor you love in the classic in a quarter of the time.

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