Caesar Salad with Ball Park Bun Croutons

This simple Caesar salad recipe uses Ball Park buns for the crunchy croutons that top a salad of crisp cold greens.
Caesar Salad Recipe

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This simple Caesar salad recipe uses Ball Park buns for the crunchy croutons that top a salad of crisp cold greens.

Ingredients

For the Croutons:

  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Ball Park hot dog or hamburger buns, half-inch cubes

For the dressing:

  • 5 cloves garlic, mashed into a paste
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Anchovy filets, minced, to taste (optional)

For the salad:

  • 4 Cups Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

For the Croutons:

For the croutons, heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the paprika, salt, and pepper to the pan. Then, add the cubed buns and cook, tossing for about 5 minutes or until the croutons are a golden brown. Remove from the pan and set aside to cool.

For the dressing:

Combine the garlic, mustard, lemon juice, egg yolk, with a pinch of salt and pepper. Then, whisk together while slowly incorporating the olive oil. Taste and adjust seasonings. Stir in minced anchovies if desired.

For the salad:

Combine the lettuce, cheese, and lightly season the greens. Then, toss with dressing to taste and croutons. Serve on cold plates.

Caesar Salad Shopping Tip

Stores often carry pre-washed, pre-trimmed romaine celery hearts, a major time-saver.

Caesar Salad Cooking Tip

It's not hard to make your own croutons. Cube some old bread, place into a 350 degree oven, and toss and turn every 10 minutes until golden brown.