Caesar Salad with Garlic and Herb Croutons Recipe

Caesar Salad
Lucy Schaeffer


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8-inch piece of Italian bread, cut or torn into ¾-inch cubes (about 3 cups)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste, or 1 anchovy, chopped
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce, cut into ½-inch ribbons (about 10 cups)
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Parmesan shavings (optional garnish)

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Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bread cubes and sprinkle with garlic powder. Stir to coat the bread cubes with butter. Cook about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the bread cubes are golden and toasted. Sprinkle with the parsley and ¼ teaspoon of the salt and toss to coat. Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, mash the garlic, anchovy, and ¼ teaspoon of the salt with the back of a fork. Add the mayonnaise, Parmesan, and lemon juice and whisk to combine. Add the lettuce to a bowl and toss to coat with the dressing. Season with the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and the pepper and toss again.

Divide the salad among plates, top with the croutons, and serve. Garnish with Parmesan shavings, if desired.


Calories per serving:

134 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Balanced Sugar Conscious, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 37g 57%
  • Carbs 92g 31%
  • Saturated 21g 104%
  • Fiber 13g 53%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 7g
  • Monounsaturated 9g
  • Polyunsaturated 4g
  • Protein 29g 59%
  • Cholesterol 81mg 27%
  • Sodium 3,112mg 130%
  • Calcium 613mg 61%
  • Magnesium 117mg 29%
  • Potassium 1,289mg 37%
  • Iron 9mg 50%
  • Zinc 3mg 21%
  • Phosphorus 496mg 71%
  • Vitamin A 2,085µg 232%
  • Vitamin C 24mg 39%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 69%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 50%
  • Niacin (B3) 8mg 41%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 23%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 865µg 216%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 7%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 9%
  • Vitamin K 442µg 553%
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