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Make a delicious and satisfying single serving Caesar salad with this easy recipe! Made with fresh ingredients and homemade dressing.

It’s an absolute joy to share our “Caesar Salad For One” recipe with you. This classic, elegant salad, complete with an eggless homemade dressing, is sized just right for a solo diner, but effortlessly doubles or triples for company. It’s the embodiment of simplicity and flavor—ideal for a quick lunch, light dinner, or refreshing side.

Why You’ll Love This Caesar Salad Recipe

  • Quick and Easy: It’s a hassle-free recipe that can be prepared quickly. For busy individuals or for anyone who is cooking for one, this is a perfect option for a satisfying meal without spending too much time in the kitchen.
  • Classic and Tasty: Caesar salad is a beloved classic, and this recipe ensures that the flavors are balanced and delicious. The creamy dressing, savory croutons, and tangy Parmesan cheese come together to create a delightful combination.
  • Restaurant Quality at Home: Making this Caesar salad at home allows people to enjoy a restaurant-quality dish without having to go out.
a jar of homemade caesar dressing next to a blue bowl filled with caesar salad.

What Is Caesar Salad?

A classic and popular Caesar salad typically consists of romaine lettuce, croutons, Parmesan cheese, and a creamy Caesar dressing. It is named after its inventor, Caesar Cardini, an Italian-American restauranteur, who is credited with creating the iconic Caesar salad in the 1920s. Over the years, the Caesar salad has become a staple in many restaurants and households, loved for its simplicity, taste, and versatility.

Ingredients

caesar salad ingredients on a kitchen counter.

Ingredient Notes And Substitutions

This Caesar Salad centers around a straightforward mix of select, top-quality ingredients.

  • Romaine lettuce provides a crisp, refreshing base, but baby spinach or kale can also be used.
  • Croutons lend a delightful crunch to the salad. Use our recipe for a small batch of croutons or use store-bought croutons. If you prefer a gluten-free or lower-carb option, consider replacing them with chopped nuts.
  • Parmesan cheese offers a rich, savory touch.
  • Anchovy paste provides the distinct taste synonymous with a classic Caesar Salad. However, if you’re a vegetarian or simply don’t enjoy anchovies, consider substituting with capers. If you find yourself with leftover anchovy paste, don’t worry, it’s extremely versatile and has a long fridge-life. It can effortlessly enhance the flavor profile of numerous dishes such as sautéed vegetables, pasta, eggs, or tomato sauce, with just a small addition.

This is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why I used them. For the full recipe please scroll down to the recipe box at the bottom of the post.

How To Make Caesar Salad For One

  1. Make the dressing: Combine garlic, anchovy paste, lemon juice, dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise, and Parmesan cheese in a blender or a small food processor and blend until smooth.

Pro Tip: Feel free to adjust the dressing ingredients to better suit your palate. Whether it’s extra lemon for a tangier profile or more Parmesan for a cheesier note, this dressing is yours to play with.

  1. Assemble the salad: In a medium-sized salad bowl, combine lettuce, croutons, and Parmesan cheese. Add the dressing and toss to combine.

Pro Tip: If you have some extra time and day-old bread, consider making homemade croutons. They can add an even greater crunch.

  1. Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese.
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Expert Tips

  • Use Fresh and Crisp Romaine Lettuce: Ensure your romaine lettuce is fresh and crisp. Look for heads of lettuce with vibrant green leaves and no signs of wilting. Wash and dry the leaves thoroughly before assembling the salad to avoid excess moisture.
  • Balance the Dressing: Be mindful of the dressing-to-salad ratio. You want enough dressing to coat the lettuce leaves evenly, but not so much that it becomes overly heavy. Start with a small amount of dressing and add more gradually, tossing as you go, until you achieve the desired coating.
  • Use Quality Parmesan Cheese: Using freshly grated Parmesan cheese ensures you get the best possible taste, texture, and quality from this essential ingredient. Freshly grated Parmesan has a superior flavor compared to pre-packaged, pre-grated cheese.
  • Add Grilled Protein: To turn your Caesar salad into a complete meal, consider adding grilled or baked chicken, shrimp, or your preferred protein.
  • Experiment with Additional Ingredients: While the classic Caesar salad is wonderful on its own, don’t be afraid to get creative with additional toppings. Cherry tomatoes, avocado slices, roasted nuts, or even a sprinkle of fresh herbs can add interesting dimensions to the salad.
a fork filled with caesar salad and a crouton above a big bowl of salad.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Prepare This Salad In Advance?

While the individual components can be prepared ahead of time, it’s best to mix and dress the salad just before serving to ensure the lettuce and croutons stay crisp.

Can I Make Caesar Salad Dressing Ahead Of Time?

Yes, you can make the Caesar salad dressing ahead of time. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Be sure to give the dressing a good stir to recombine the ingredients before using.

Can I Use A Different Type Of Lettuce For My Caesar Salad?

While romaine lettuce is the traditional choice for a Caesar salad, feel free to use other types of lettuce or greens, such as kale, baby spinach, or arugula. Keep in mind, each will give the salad a slightly different flavor and texture.

Is Anchovy Paste Necessary?

While anchovies lend a unique salty and briny flavor to the dressing without making it taste fishy, they aren’t strictly necessary. If you prefer to avoid anchovies, it’s fine to omit them. Consider replacing with capers to maintain a similar briny note in the flavor profile.

Can I Use Store-Bought Caesar Dressing?

Certainly. While the homemade dressing provides superior flavor, a store-bought dressing is a good alternative when pressed for time.

Serving Suggestions

There are countless ways to enjoy Caesar Salad. Here are some of our favorites:

  1. Serve with a Side of Soup: Pair your Caesar salad with a warm bowl of soup, such as Creamy Tomato Soup or Tortellini Soup.
  2. Incorporate Roasted Vegetables: Roasted cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, or zucchini can be a delightful addition to the classic Caesar salad, adding complexity to the flavors.
  3. Crispy Prosciutto or Bacon Bits: Crumble some crispy prosciutto or bacon on top of the salad for an irresistible savory twist.

Recipe Variations

This recipe is highly versatile, and the following variations can cater to different palates and dietary needs:

  1. Grilled Chicken Caesar Wraps: Roll the Caesar salad components, including grilled chicken and dressing, into a large tortilla or wrap. This turns the salad into a portable and satisfying meal.
  2. Caesar Pasta Salad: Combine the flavors of a Caesar salad with cooked pasta for a unique and satisfying pasta salad. Use penne or bowtie pasta and toss it with the classic Caesar dressing, cherry tomatoes, grilled chicken, and Parmesan cheese.
  3. Caesar Salad with Quinoa: Mix cooked quinoa with chopped romaine lettuce, and then toss with the Caesar dressing. Top with tomatoes, cucumber, and feta cheese for a wholesome and protein-rich variation.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Caesar Salad For One

5 from 4 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Make a delicious and satisfying single serving Caesar salad with this easy recipe! Made with fresh ingredients and homemade dressing.

Equipment

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 clove garlic , rough chopped
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 to 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce (about 3 ounces)
  • ¼ cup croutons
  • 2 tablespoons shredded or shaved Parmesan cheese

Instructions 

Make the dressing

  • Combine garlic, mayonnaise, lemon juice, dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, anchovy paste, and Parmesan cheese in a blender or a small food processor and blend until smooth.
    Pro Tip: Feel free to adjust the dressing ingredients to better suit your palate. Whether it's extra lemon for a tangier profile or more Parmesan for a cheesier note, this dressing is yours to play with. Taste the dressing and add a pinch of salt if you feel it is necessary.

Assemble the salad

  • In a medium-sized salad bowl, combine lettuce, croutons, and Parmesan cheese. Add the dressing and toss to combine.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Use Fresh and Crisp Romaine Lettuce: Ensure your romaine lettuce is fresh and crisp. Look for heads of lettuce with vibrant green leaves and no signs of wilting. Wash and dry the leaves thoroughly before assembling the salad to avoid excess moisture.
  • Balance the Dressing: Be mindful of the dressing-to-salad ratio. You want enough dressing to coat the lettuce leaves evenly, but not so much that it becomes overly heavy. Start with a small amount of dressing and add more gradually, tossing as you go, until you achieve the desired coating.
  • Use Quality Parmesan Cheese: Using freshly grated Parmesan cheese ensures you get the best possible taste, texture, and quality from this essential ingredient. Freshly grated Parmesan has a superior flavor compared to pre-packaged, pre-grated cheese.
  • Add Grilled Protein: To turn your Caesar salad into a complete meal, consider adding grilled chicken, shrimp, or your preferred protein.
  • Experiment with Additional Ingredients: While the classic Caesar salad is wonderful on its own, don’t be afraid to get creative with additional toppings. Cherry tomatoes, avocado slices, roasted nuts, or even a sprinkle of fresh herbs can add interesting dimensions to the salad.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 500kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 48g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 25g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 39mg, Sodium: 827mg, Potassium: 99mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 213IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 199mg, Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. Love your recipes! Easy tasty and delicious! I will be making this son. The Mongolian Beef is absolutely delicious I did add chopped jalapeños to the sauce (be careful not to get too spicy) servers it over rice and had enough to share with my neighbor! The lasagne is also delicious! Thank you!